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Family Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13        Length: 132 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 13+. Space fighting! Some violence (a giant explosion that kills dozens of people, lots of fistfights and gun shootouts, the implied crushing of a skull); some sexually themed stuff (a couple of kisses between a couple in a relationship, a woman in her underwear shown briefly, a man waking up in bed with two alien females); and some cursing (two instances of the s-word). Overall, it will be fine for teenage boys and girls alike.

Director J.J. Abrams rebooted the ‘Star Trek’ franchise four years ago with a (mostly) new cast, some cheeky references to the original films, and a whole bunch of action. His sequel, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ continues that tone, with a bunch of fighting, a solidly comedic undercurrent, and one fantastic villain. But the film falters with its too-familiar bad-guy motives.

By Roxana Hadadi

“Star Trek Into Darkness” comes two weeks after “Iron Man 3,” and it’s unfortunate that the films—which really shouldn’t resemble each other at all—do. They both barrage you with effects, with action scenes, with snarky comedy, as a way to cover up some of the clunkier, less-effective machinations of their plots. And, weirdly, they both follow the same kind of script—the same kind of redemptive journey, the same kind of villain, the same kind of veiled references to terrorism and selflessness. It’s an interesting, if kind of disappointing, parallel, one that keeps “Star Trek Into Darkness” from fulfilling its greatest potential.

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