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Old 06-24-2013, 01:18 PM   #893
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Not at all. I feel that Cumberbatch's performance alone warrants a viewing of Into Darkness. In addition, even though may here have claimed that the movie is more/less a carbon copy of Khan, it's really not. Sure, it explores a few plot points that were previously visited by the series, but overall, I feel the plot of Into Darkness varies from Star Trek II than Man of Steel does from Superman I.

That's not to say that the movie is without flaws. Like any J.J. Abrams film/work, he seems to get so caught up in creating plot twists and "mindblowing" story-arcs that he creates blackhole sized plot-holes in the process.

Focusing a moment on Abrams, he is developing a reputation for being almost deliberately unfaithful to the universes of which his franchises operates. This fact has alienated a lot of "purists" from his work, and those expecting him to be faithful to Star Wars universe may be in for a unwelcome surprise.

On the whole, I feel Abrams is one of the more overrated directors currently in the business, and believe he and his his brand could suffer a huge blow if his interpretation of the Star Wars Universe fails to meet the expectations being constructed around it. I believe Abrams is a slightly smarter version of Zack Snyder, because even though Abrams has shown he is committed to style over substance, he has demonstrated the ability to tell a story which causes the audience to become emotionally invested in his characters.

Anyways, to answer your question, I felt Into Darkness was entertaining and had a story original enough to be worth a watch.


Well said. And I agree with a lot of it.

Regarding Abrams, how many times has he been "unfaithful" to a franchise? We could argue Star Trek all day, so I'll give the naysayers that one. But what else? How is he developing a reputation for it, if he's only done it once (twice if you count ST 09 and ID separately)?

I don't think Abrams is one of the greats. He certainly has flaws, but so do people like Lucas and Spielberg. But, I think what you just said about his ability to connect and make audiences care is really important. And one of his biggest strengths as a filmmaker.
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