Another misguided remake.
I liked the 2009 pre-boot; I thought it was respectful to the characters and entertaining to watch. I worried about its shallowness, though: science-fiction should ask questions about what kind of people we are and whether we ought to be that way. Without those questions, the pre-boot is just an action movie in space. Into Darkness
one-ups it by being not only a remake, but a misguided one.
So, first off, the spoiler that isn't: the proper title of this film is Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan II: Wrath Harder
, down to the Heroic Sacrifice
at the end. Its only major addition is an Insane Admiral
pulling Harrison's strings. Kirk has some decent Character Development
; he learns to take responsibility for his crew, to die for them if need be
, and thus it's a powerful change that he
makes the fatal warp core walk. The problem is, he's not the main character, Spock is—and Spock has no development at all. If anything, this film carries on the pre-boot's tradition of regressing his self-control.
Kirk's death scene is excellent (and far surpasses the original
)... but we never once believed it would stick
, killing any tension remaining in movie, if not the franchise. Regardless of impact on the inevitable sequel, I think the Reset Button
was lazy writing.
And let's not even talk the Protagonist Centered Morality
. The original Khan went on a Roaring Rampage Of Revenge
, which resulted in his own death
. Here, it's Kirk and Spock
going Revenge Myopia
... and our boys not only get away with it, they are lauded for it
. Not to mention that Harrison's ultimate fate is to be Human Popsicle
'd again, which simply passes the buck off to Picard. It all smacks of Karma Houdini
to me—or, again, lazy writing.
is an excellent action movie, and should be enjoyed on that level. But it also abandons a lot of what makes science-fiction, and Star Trek
in particular, great: the question of What You Are In The Dark
as you wield the flashlight of technology and progress. Gene Roddenberry
dreamt of a future where we can rise above our base natures. All J. J. Abrams sees is fists and lens flares.