Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness

(2013)

Chris Pine's Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto's Spock return alongside Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana and newcomers Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Weller in the sci-fi sequel to J.J. Abrams' beloved 2009 Star Trek reboot. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home to Earth, they find John Harrison (Cumberbatch), a powerful figure with a thirst for vengeance, has begun to wage a one man war on Starfleet. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew in pursuit of this fugitive, but if Harrison's strength and cunning prove a match for the whole fleet, what hope does the young crew of the Enterprise have of bringing him to justice - and what price will they have to pay?

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JJ Abrams’ Star Trek not only kept most Trekkies reasonably happy but also reignited public interest in the spacefarers of the USS Enterprise while proving a bloody good watch to boot. With Star Trek Into Darkness Abrams goes two for two, an impressive outcome given his comparatively short directorial career.... More

Into Darkness quickly affirms that Kirk’s hotheadedness hasn’t quite made him commanding officer material yet. Luckily for the viewer, the consequences of his impulsiveness bring him into direct contact with Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison, instantly credible as a one-man force hell-bent on taking on Starfleet (headed by a great Peter Weller).

The ensuing skirmishes, chases and confrontations add a personal struggle somewhat missing from Abrams’ previous effort, helping to distinguish Into Darkness from its predecessor in replacing boy’s own space adventuring with something more potent, a rivalry fed by differing desires for revenge. That’s not to suggest the scale of the film has narrowed - there might not be an equivalent of Kirk’s dash across the icy plains of Delta Vega in Star Trek, but there’s no shortage of large scale action on offer both on land and in space, including some great city-based carnage and a spectacular spacesuit-clad plummet from ship to ship through a debris field.

Building upon the opportunities afforded by his new timeline, Abrams continues making callbacks to the original Star Trek universe. Some of these will even be apparent to only the casually acquainted (that’d be me!), and as a bonus he’s also tempered his enthusiasm for lens flares – which at this point in such an exciting sequence of films seems like a ridiculous thing to have complained about in the first place.Hide


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This film lacked a bit in substance and seemed like a chore for the actors compared to the first movie. Benedict Cumberbatch, however, puts in a great performance.


Loved it! Cumberbatch was brilliant!


BY wobbit superstar

But not nearly as good as the last one


BY GrahamP superstar

This movie has a lot of special effects that are far bigger and better than the story.One part has a space ship crashing into a city.Spectacular!
It does not offer much that is new and I felt that I had seen it all before.
It was easily forgettable.


BY Galen wannabe

I am glad I didn't see this movie in 3D (I catch most 3D films in 3D) because even in 2D it gave me something of a headache, I felt bombarded by the level of action and explosions (and don't get me wrong, I generally like action films). As a story it was solid enough, not as good as the first one and somewhat darker (there was some moral ambiguity I enjoyed, and Spock's infuriating "logical" statements were a source of amusement. To be fair I'm no trekkie, the 2009 movie was my first exposure,... More however I didn't feel this one was as good.Hide


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  • May not boldly go where no "Trek" adventure has gone before, but getting there is such a well-crafted, immensely pleasurable ride that it would be positively Vulcan to nitpick. Full Review

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