Saturday, May 18, 2013
Bechtloff Movie Night: Star Trek: Into the Lens Flare. (2013)
The 2009 Star Trek was a damn mess. While I thought Zachary Quinto was a decent enough Spock, everyone else was a cartoon parody. And it was sooooo stupid. I loathed that movie. But a friend dragged me, pretty much against my will, to see this new one, Star Trek: Into Darkness.
So in this movie this asshole terrorist who we find out is the Khan of this universe blows up some shit on Earth and flees to the Klingon home world to hide out. So the universe-2 crew goes out to find him and then we start ripping off Wrath of Khan, all the while missing the point of the movie we're referencing, and I almost cry.
At one point I actually thought this wouldn't be as bad as the first. I see them wrestling with their orders to take Khan out rather than capture him and they talk about how he should get due process. But don't worry that bit of social commentary is quickly abandoned in favor of explosions and retarded action sequences and a rip off of the tragic end of Wrath of Khan only with Kirk in Spock's place. Before we even have time to feel a damn thing for Kirk we use Khan's magic blood to bring him back to life. Why rip off Wrath of Khan like that? Isn't the whole point of a reboot to do something different? I mean the last movie might have been stupid as hell but at least it didn't just rehash an older, far better movie. All seeing this does is remind me I could have just watched a DVD of Wrath of Khan.