Star Trek Into Darkness. Some thoughts.
It was, in a word, awesome. I don’t really want to go into too much detail here, because I want to give it multiple viewings and besides, it’s too early to write a spoiler filled review when so many people haven’t even seen it yet.
So instead, I’ll just list some of my favourite moments in the film and a few of the things I didn’t like so much about it.
CAUTION! MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
Pure unadulterated badass from start to finish. It surpassed all my expectations. In fact, I saw it three days ago (in 3D, as should everyone) and I’m still buzzing from the experience.
Easily the best film of the year. I think it’s up there with the greatest Verhoeven and John Carpenter Sci-Fi action films in terms of quality, it’s that good. Telling a simple, focused story was definitely the right way to go for the film to make maximum impact with a limited budget. The crunchy industrial soundtrack was great. The visuals and special effects were relatively low key, which worked well to emphasize the gritty realism of the big Meg, yet were still impressive enough to give the film’s ultra violent action sequences a strange, terrible beauty. The script does well to preserve a lot of Dredd’s grim deadpan humour. The actors were well cast and put in great performances. Come to think of it, besides eschewing some of the comic’s wackier elements (which would have been totally out of place in a film like Dredd 3D, anyway) I can hardly think of a criticism.
If I were a film reviewer, I’d give it five stars. I sincerely hope we get a sequel (because it deserves one).