Star Trek Into Darkness

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Paramount Pictures / Skydance Productions / Bad Robot Released 2013

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Director:
J.J. Abrams
Released:
2013
Rating:
R

Captain Kirk leads a manhunt into Klingon Territory to find and detain a one-man weapon of mass destruction who may hold answers to the reason for terrorist acts in the city.

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  • 80

    Empire

    In some sense, the title is misleading. Into Darkness is a blast, fun, funny, spectacular and exhilarating. The rule of great even-numbered Trek movies continues.

  • 80

    The Guardian Andrew Pulver

    People are unlikely to charge out of the cinema with quite the same level of glee as they did in 2009; but this is certainly an astute, exhilarating concoction.

  • 80

    Total Film Matthew Leyland

    Mostly, this is fantastic fun: a two-hours-plus blockbuster that doesn't bog down in exposition or sag in the middle. There are reversals and rug-pulls galore, most of them execute...

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The best.

    10
    The best movie based on the Star Trek saga.
  • Wolfman Reviews

    8.0
    In 2009, . Abrams made one of the biggest and riskiest moves a film director could make. He put out a reboot of a famous series with a large and loyal fan following when he made Star Trek. Surprisingly, it was an absolutely great film that earned it's money and put every actor's career who was in it on track. In a different way, a sequel was going to be more difficult to pull off. You would have to put in a new villain, put in a new plot and work with the same cast again. Well after seeing Star Trek Into Darkness, I see it as a very fine piece that could live on forever.



    With similar feel of the the terrorist acts which are happening in our world today, there is a bombing of a secret Section 31 installation in London. This was masterminded by former Starfleet agent John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) who is on run with the Enterprise and it's crew in pursuit so to capture him.



    The plot seems simple but once put into the bigger picture, it is much deeper. The character, John Harrison is no doubt the main highlight of this film. His performance more than matches the villain, Nero from the 2009 movie including a great Klingon fight and he fits neatly into the Star Trek world.



    The third act is the most interesting part of this film. This is where everything comes together and also shows the San Fransisco of the future but it this is also where the main problem comes in. It drags and involves the death of Captain Kirk but with a plot twist on that and it seems that Abrams just didn't want to end this.



    The movie does have the same main cast as the previous movie. Characters are more developed with performances that fit into each character. Zoe Saldana plays Uhura and is in the first act and only in some of the second. Anton Yelchin as Checkoff is in and out of scenes. The surprise of the film is Simon Pegg as Scotty who has a larger role than the previous movie and closes the film well. The cast plays out differently than the previous movie and I think they fit into the plot well.



    As he does with the previous movie, Abrams nails the little points of this film. There is a new setting and the special effects are better than the last one. The costumes of each character are also pretty fun to look at and will help make the movie memorable.



    I don't know what is next for this series. For now, I like where this series is. I do have a lot of confidence in Abrams and would not mind maybe five more of these and I bet he could do it as he has proved himself with this film and the last one.

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  • KInd of got bogged down in special effects...

    6.0
    The story was so so-yet another attempt to make a buck off a misrepresentation of an older Star Trek concept that had been more effectively done in a movie made many years ago. They would have been better off if they had tried to come up with a stand alone idea that was not a nod to a previous Star Trek concept at some level. The special effects were overly lush rendering the world before TNG etc not believable as true Trekkie fair. Disappointing, but we have come to expect that from . Abrams who hasn't made a decent film for a very long time.moreless
  • Another worthy film

    9.5
    I loved the 1st film of the reboot and I have to say I liked this one as well. I totally loved the 'role reversal' b/w Spock and Kirk. I'm sure there are TOS purists that don't like this movie because everything has been changed, but frankly, the reboot was needed and it's nice to see some upgrades like the tech and the ships for more realism.

    As for the villain, it was a nice take on a familiar foe and the guy was awesome! And that warship, the Vengeance was like they plucked the Enterprise E from the future. I just hope they bring that ship back if they do a film regarding a possible war with the Klingons that this movie seems to be alluding to.moreless
  • Awesome :)

    10
    I saw it last night, and I thought it was great. The acting, picture and special effects were really good. I would recommend seeing it. :D

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    • Production budget - $190,000,000
      Domestic gross - $227,377,844 (7th)
      Worldwide gross - $458,677,844 (9th)

    • Music:
      Theme from Star Trek
      Written by Alexander Courage and Gene Roddenberry
      Body Movin' (Fat Boy Slim Remix)
      Written by Mario Caldato Jr., Mike D, Adam Horovitz, Tito Puente and Adam Yauch
      Performed by Beastie Boys
      Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven
      Written by Don Nix
      Performed by Albert King
      The Growl
      Written by J.J. Abrams, Charles Scott, Anne Preven and Kassia Conway
      Performed by Conway
      The Dark Collide
      Written by Robert Conley and Penelope Austin
      Performed by Penelope Austin

    • Taglines:
      1. Earth will fall
      2. They have one chance to save us all.
      3. Beyond the darkness, lies greatness.
      4. In our darkest hour, when our leaders have fallen, a hero will rise.


       

    • Filming locations include:
      Garden Grove, California
      Livermore, California
      Los Angeles, California


    • Other production companies:
      Bad Robot
      Kurtzman / Orci
      Skydance Productions

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