I see a lot of movies. All too often, as I’m watching something in a darkened theater, I can’t help but think about real life. What email am I missing? Is anything going on with the site that I should be dealing with? Why didn’t I grab that awesome looking slice of pizza in the food court before walking into the theater? Real life follows us around like a shadow.
But for two hours at the AMC Century City, I forgot about everything outside the theater. I was transported to another time and place, and I loved every second of the adventure. The only time I felt anything but enjoyment was the second I realized the movie was ending…because it hit me that I’m going to have to wait at least 2 years before I see another mission. While everyone is going to compare J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek Into Darkness to the first film and every other Star Trek adventure before it, I truly believe everyone involved in the follow-up should be congratulated for creating a worthy sequel and a fantastic movie. I can’t wait to see it again. Hit the jump for a spoiler free video blog review.
As most of you know, I hate spoilers. What’s the purpose of finding out of the twists and turns of a movie before you see it? I can understand learning the ending of a movie you’ve never going to see…but let’s be honest…about 98% of you are going to see Star Trek Into Darkness. I strongly recommend avoiding the spoilers for this movie because the movie will be so much better if you don’t know it’s secrets.
However, to try and satisfy your curiosity, shortly after watching the film I recorded a video blog with Peter from /Film. We talked a lot but said very little. Trust me, if you watch the video blog you’re safe. It’s just two nerds geeking out over how much we loved the movie.
But if you don’t have the time to watch…if you loved J.J. Abrams Star Trek, I’m extremely confident you’re going to feel the same about the sequel. The best way to describe it is to say it’s hours 3 and 4 of the same movie.
Also, rather than having to introduce the characters and the universe, the movie begins with a bang and never slows down. It expects you to know who the characters are and it rarely ever plays catch up. Another thing that’s great is it treats the audience like it has a brain.
And one last thing…I’ve seen the film two times now. Once at the AMC Century City in 2D and I saw it again this morning in IMAX 3D. If you have the choice…see it in IMAX 3D! It’s always better in IMAX and the 3D is well done. Here’s the spoiler free video blog. Look for a full review week of release.
Update: We’ve just posted 6 clips from Star Trek Into Darkness (which is about 5 minutes of footage!). Click here to watch them.