By Danielle Stevens

J.J Abrams’ next installation of the Star Trek series, which follows his 2009 hit, has already grossed $3.3 million after Wednesday night; which puts it on a path to potentially make $100 million by Monday.

In the new film “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, we once again follow Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), first officer Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and the rest of the U.S.S Enterprise crew as they hunt down their new foe John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), who claims to be responsible for an attack on Earth.

Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” was wildly praised by many critics, perhaps so much so that the first set the bar a little too high for his next film. “Into Darkness” received a number of mixed reviews from critics, some claiming that while the film hit the right buttons it still was lacking some finesse. Others were blown away by the film and were left thrilled and satisfied.

Those who felt the film was lacking were drawn away by an apparent lack of “style and personality” that was presented in Abrams’ first “Star Trek”. Many felt there was too much drama aboard the Enterprise that made the film seem almost soap opera worthy. Others feel as if there was a lack of plot and too much action to carry the film. While explosions in deep space are fine and dandy, an overabundance of it can really kill a film; critics would prefer more plot less action sequences.

Critics who enjoyed the film claimed “Into Darkness” to be thrilling and satisfying. In Salon Magazine’s review it was stated that “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’- once you understand it as a generic comic-book-style summer flick faintly inspired by some half-forgotten boomer culture thing.” These critics were pulled in by the high action and character development evident from the first film into the second. Many claimed it to be everything they would want to see in a ‘Star Trek’ film, and worthy of the summer blockbuster crown.

Despite its mixed reviews, “Star Trek: Into Darkness” still continues to rake in money from both old and new ‘Star Trek’ fans alike. All generations of fans will continue to enjoy the movie, whether they pay to see it in the theaters or not.


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