Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Is Star Trek Into Darkness Badass?

I just got home from screening Star Trek Into Darkness. While I was blown away, I think the majority of hardcore Trek fans are going to have problems with it.

I am a Star Trek fan. I always have been, and I always will be. My roommates and I spent so much time debating Trek in college, that I sometimes wonder how I ever got into graduate school. With that out of the way, I have to say that Into Darkness is not a good Star Trek film for one reason: it is an excellent action film. There are fist fights. There are gun battles. There is ship-to-ship combat. There are more fist fights! For good or ill, this is the youthful, vigorous Trek movie promised by the reboot. The character moments and exploration of the alternate timeline are there as well, but the action takes center stage. And that's really the problem hardcore fans are going to have: this is a big, summer action movie.

As a Trekkie/Trekker, I have no problem saying that while Star Trek Into Darkness may not be my favorite Trek film, it is an absolutely Badass one.