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    Brandon Torres

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    My major is on the left, but it’s taken me six major changes, two minor changes and three graduate-track changes to get there. I’m from a small farming town west of the Twin Cities and came to Duluth for the city and stayed for the school. I work at the Burns Wellness Center at the front desk and have pretty much the best job in the world. I like to take any opportunity thrown at me, and since coming here I’ve been thrown plenty. Life’s an adventure, and so is CSS!

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Okay, so my last movie review post was a while ago… actually several months… and the last movie was at the Odeon Marble Arch Cinema in London… ANYWAY, as a treat to my brother and I for working on the yard all day, she was kind enough to take us to see the new Star Trek movie!

Using Star Trek characters from shows past, Star Trek Into Darkness is a Trekkie, sci-fi fantasy movie with a murder mystery sort of twist to it. When Captain Kirk goes on a risky manhunt for deadly fugitive, his judgement is tested again and again, twist after twist. Massive guns, unexpected help and even a stowaway lead them on an epic journey across space.

The film uses an eloquent synthesis of Dark noir and Cyber punk to create the futuristic world that we see on screen. Filmmakers do a fantastic job of combining elements of the current cities this film is based on with futuristic elements and structures, giving it a surreal, yet realistic sense. I was definitely partial to the use of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the London scenes. What’s more, is that the buildings they chose to put in the scene appeared to be based on current modern London architecture.

It occurred to me that J.J. Abrams’ directing deserves a nod when even the hard Trekkies in the room were receptive to changes and plot twists in the movie. Coupled with the awesome sounds orchestrated by Michael Giacchino, the film is nothing short of epic. If that wasn’t enough for you, Chris Pine’s blue eyes might have been enough to keep your attention.

I found this film captivating, its attention to detail and breakneck scenes kept me on the edge of my seat. With that said, the film’s overall uniqueness was not extremely good. the $185,000,000 budget did more to demonstrate the fact that this film was poised to be a hit. On a scale from ‘run to a cinema now!’ to ‘read a book instead.’ I would have to give Star Trek Into Darkness a ‘get the matinee price.’ Unless of course you’re a Trekkie or your mom is paying for your ticket.

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