The two Star Trek films in the “rebooted,” JJ Abrams-led universe to date, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ have been hit-and-miss with fans in their reception, to say the least. While the films themselves certainly haven’t been bad by any stretch of the imagination, many audience members, especially those who closely followed ‘Star Trek’prior to the reboot, have lamented the new films’ propensity to focus on action over some other elements that have traditionally made Trek great, including plot and the detail of “big-picture” ideas.
In a recent interview with SFX, Chris Pine – who has the distinct honor of playing Captain James T. Kirk in the new series of films – spoke about his perception on why the recent films have been more action-heavy. Check out what he had to say:
“You can’t make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016. It just wouldn’t work in today’s marketplace. You can hide things in there – ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ has crazy, really demanding questions and themes, but you have to hide it under the guise of wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up. It’s very, very tricky. The question that our movie poses is ‘Does the Federation mean anything?’ And in a world where everybody’s trying to kill one another all of the time, that’s an important thing. Is working together important? Should we all go our separate ways? Does being united against something mean anything?”
For as much as what Pine is saying is disheartening to a number of fans who might argue the counterpoint, he does have a point. Audiences have shown an increasing trend to gravitate to big-budget blow-em-all-up style movies in the theaters; whether it’s simply the “pack mentality” for movie-goers or something else altogether, movie studios are simply responding to the fact that action & adventure usually equals (at least) decent box office results.
What do you think? Do action sequences & “cerebral” storylines have to be separated? Sound off in the comments below!
Source: Trek Movie
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