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Star Trek Into Darkness 
Friendship and drama aplenty
3.5/4 stars

Star Trek Into Darkness : 3.5/4
This movie is fantastic. It is a good mix of emotion, visual effects, and drama. The thing about J.J Abrams is that relationships always play a big role in his films. Wether it is the rivalry in the 2009 Star Trek or the child friendship in Super 8 relationships are always a driving part of his movies. Spock and Kirk's relationship in Into Darkness is that of friendly rivals. Spock still favors rules over his own welfare while Kirk favors doing what he has too for his friends safe keeping. This leads him to lose his commission because Spock turns him in. Although this leads to a small rift in their developing friendship it never ruins the complexion of the film or causes a major problem. Soon after the death of a certain mentor like figure leads Kirk to go on a mission for revenge and Spock himself suggest that he disobey the rules and just capture the guy. Spock is beginning to think like the captain. The relationship between Ahora and Spock takes a turn down the wrong path when Spock doesn't show a fear of death and they have a conversation that adds depth to Spock not seen yet as well as interestingly abnormal blockbuster conversation. Of course this movie would not be any where near as good as it is without the Kahn storyline. Kahn is played excellently by Benedict Cumberbatch and his interest not falling primarily on the destruction of Star Fleet are a welcome relief from the generic space opera scenario. He is looking out for the welfare of his family and it just happens to conflict with the star fleet. Of course it does become a big issue and turns into a destroy everyone thing but its not the motive that brings him into Abram's universe. It's also a nice change of scenery to see everyone on the Enterprise crew get their moment to shine. John Cho who plays Hikari Sulu has his turn in the chair and Simon Pegg saves the captain after a dazzling ship to ship transfer scene. But the moment that truly defines film comes late in the movie after Captain Kirk makes the greatest sacrifice. His dialogue with Spock is emotional and well written. It truly puts the proverbial seal on their friendship. Two last things. The first being that I think it is a cool thing, in my opinion, that star fleet is becoming more military oriented then in the show. The second is that the new cast members like Peter Weller and Alice Eve are brilliant additions and the later will be a welcome addition to the family. See it.

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