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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)



Critic Consensus: Visually spectacular and suitably action packed, Star Trek Into Darkness is a rock-solid installment in the venerable sci-fi franchise, even if it's not as fresh as its predecessor.

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In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. (c) Paramount

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Chris Pine
as James T. Kirk
Karl Urban
as Leonard ''Bones'' McCoy
Simon Pegg
as Scotty
Anton Yelchin
as Pavel Checkov
Bruce Greenwood
as Christopher Pike
Amanda Foreman
as Ensign Brackett
Alice Eve
as Carol Marcus
Benedict Cumberbatch
as John Harrison
Leonard Nimoy
as Spock Prime
Noel Clarke
as Thomas Harewood
Nazneen Contractor
as Rima Harewood
Jay Scully
as Lieutenant Chapin
Jonathan Dixon
as Ensign Froman
Aisha Hinds
as Navigation Officer Darwin
Joseph Gatt
as Science Officer 0718
Jeremy Raymond
as Lead Nibiran
Tony Guma
as Nibiran
Beau Billingslea
as Captain Abbot
Deep Roy
as Keenser
Anjini Azhar
as Lucille Harewood
Chris Hemsworth
as George Kirk
Jennifer Morrison
as Winona Kirk
Seth Ayott
as U.S.S. Enterprise Shuttle Ensign
Marco Sanchez
as Torpedo Security
Lee Reherman
as Uniformed Mercenary
Scott Lawrence
as U.S.S. Vengeance Officer
Usman Ally
as U.S.S. Vengeance Officer
Nolan North
as U.S.S. Vengeance Bridge Officer
James Hiroyuki Liao
as U.S.S. Vengeance Bridge Officer
Rob Moran
as U.S.S. Vengeance Ensign
Berit Francis
as Starfleet Admiral
Akiva Goldsman
as Starfleet Admiral
Benjamin P. Binswanger
as Starfleet Admiral
Christopher Doohan
as Transport Officer
Andy Demetrio
as U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Crew Member
Gianna Simone
as U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Crew Member
Rene Rosado
as U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Crew
Jacquelynn King
as U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Crew
Tran Duy Long
as U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Crew Member
Ningning Deng
as U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Crew Member
Jodi Johnston
as U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Crew Member
Jeffrey Chase
as U.S.S. Enterprise Security
Monisola Akiwowo
as U.S.S. Enterprise Nurse
Paul K. Daniel
as Shuttle Pilot
Ser'Darius Blain
as U.S.S. Enterprise Red Shirt
Melissa Paulo
as Bar Girl
David Waite
as U.S.S. Enterprise Crew
Cynthia Addai-Robinson
as San Francisco Woman
Drew Grey
as San Francisco Bar Patron
Douglas Weng
as U.S.S. Vengeance Security
Charlie Haugk
as San Francisco Resident
Max Chernov
as San Francisco Resident
Marc Primiani
as San Francisco Resident
Jesper Inglis
as San Francisco Resident
Jacob Rhodes
as Nibiru Child
Kentucky Rhodes
as Nibiru Child
Eric Greitens
as Starfleet Ceremonial Guard
Melissa Steinman
as Starfleet Ceremonial Guard
Adam McCann
as Starfleet Ceremonial Guard
Jon Orvasky
as Starfleet Ceremonial Guard
Gerald W. Abrams
as Starfleet Memorial Admiral
James H. McGrath, Jr.
as Starfleet Memorial Admiral
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Critic Reviews for Star Trek Into Darkness

All Critics (293) | Top Critics (71)

Pulling off the trick of being both irreverent and Trekkie-pleasing, JJ Abrams effortlessly orchestrates massive action set pieces, a galaxy of 'cor look at that' CGI effects and well-modulated character scenes.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The socio-political commentary of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' is about as sophisticated as you'd expect from scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtman, who also wrote the first two 'Transformers' movies.

June 21, 2016 | Full Review…

J.J. Abrams once again successfully creates a fast-paced summer adventure that audiences should love.

April 23, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Most of the logic has leached away from this movie, and with it half of the fun.

May 20, 2013 | Full Review…

Happily, there's a good deal of fun if you like things crashing violently into each other and out of warp-drive at regular intervals.

May 18, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For all its chasing and falling and fighting-and the movie supplies a great deal of each-Star Trek Into Darkness is at its best when the Enterprise crew are merely bickering and bantering among themselves: less space opera than soap opera.

May 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Trek Into Darkness

Considering I'm not the biggest Star Trek fan (I've never even seen more than 4 episodes of next generation, and 1 episode of the original series.) Not that I don't dislike the franchise, in fact I love most of the films, and I love the 2009 film, I had high hopes for this film. The things I like about the Star Trek films is that it isn't required to see the series to get what's going on. It helps, but I think its great when they make so many films based off of a series and not requiring you to see the series. That being said, lets talk about the new film. Each of the actors reprise their roles from the past film, Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Bones, and so on, and each one of them are just as faithful to the original series, while adding new things to these characters as they were in the 2009 film. Both Kirk and Spock get further development in this film from the last film and it definitely shows. Pine is just as cocky as Kirk but is trying to learn to take responsibility for his actions due to him messing up at the beginning of the film, and Quinto as Spock is struggling with showing more compassion in situations and they both do fantastic, especially near the end of the film. Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, and Simon Pegg are just as funny and entertaining as Chekov, Bones, and Scotty as they were in the first film. But the two people that are the biggest highlights about the film, that being Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison, and Peter Weller as Admiral Marcus, and both of these guys are just amazing. Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock fame is cold and calculating as Harrison and has a fantastic voice to boot for the character which makes him just sound all the more threatening, and there is a very good twist halfway through the film on who Harrison really is but I can't spoil it without ruining the rest of the film. Peter Weller from Robocop was an inclusion that I was very interested in because Weller is a very good actor IMO and seeing him listed in the upcoming cast got me very interested because, except for being in The Dark Knight Returns as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Weller hasn't acted all that much in the last 15 years, so I didn't really know what to expect from Weller, but thankfully he did a fantastic job. Weller plays Admiral Marcus who is out to get Harrison for a certain reason, and trying to start a war with the Klinghons and he is just absolutely hatable and horrible in this film, and you will really want the worse just to happen to this character, and Weller pulls it off so good at making him utterly despicable. The effects as with the last Star Trek film look just fantastic, but this film has much more space related scenes and scenes on the enterprise than in the last film, and it seems cool to have this setting for once having the movie focus on two enterprises mainly. The movie also has several aliens that it focuses on for a few scenes in the Enterprise, and they look and sound fantastic, plus we finally get to see the Klingons in the film and they look fantastic (plus a Tribble which made me laugh). Also the film has much more emphasis on space battle and hand to hand fights than the last film really did and each one is extremely well done in either building suspense or just looking flat out awesome. The sets all are big and look very cool and the designs of the newer ships and backgrounds look just amazing especially in 3D. Star Trek Into Darkness not only triumphs in being a fantastic installment in the Star Trek film Franchise, but a fantastic Sci-Fi film in general. The Acting is improved from the last film, the plottwists thrown throughout the film are very clever and some even being hard to expect, the action is just fantastic, the film builds fantastic amounts suspense, and the film throws in a lot of references to the original series and to the original series and 2nd and 3rd Star Trek film which are welcome and very clever. Overall J.J. Abrams has outdone himself again with the Star Trek franchise and not only improved on the last film, but shows that he is worthy of holding onto this franchise and able to pay tribute to the original series, but create something new and original. Let's hope he can do the same with Star Wars.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


A solid alternate story that ought to leave most trekkies and aficionados with major goosebumps thanks to its many awesome and well-inspired references - which compensate for how formulaic and intensely action-oriented it aims to be above everything else.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

In 2009, fans left the theatre with tears of joy streaming down their face. J.J. Abrams had rebooted the Star Trek franchise with vigour and intensity. Immediately following the release of Star Trek in 2009, it was inevitable that a sequel would be on the way, sooner than later. Although it did take over four years to finally get the release of the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, it is without question that it was well worth the wait. That being said, the film is not without its issues. Riddled with plot holes and poorly done callbacks, fans gained a very strong disliking to certain aspects of this sequel. Should these glaring issues still be a problem for fans today? Here is my personal breakdown of Star Trek Into Darkness. After a few trials and tribulations throughout the first act of the film, Captain Kirk is demoted once he is found doing illegal things in the organization. While Captain Pike is reinstated, Kirk eventually fill his spot once again as Captain about ten to twenty minutes later. Personally, this is where the film faced the biggest pacing issues. It almost felt like the personal drama between the new and former Captain's was there to extend the running time, because once the film kicks back into gear, it never lets up. As a threat is found in their organization, the film becomes one big man hunt to bring down the ruthless villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes, once the film gets down to the nitty gritty, that is pretty much the basic story. Minor Spoilers Ahead: When Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as the main villain, people began to speculate, as to which character he would be playing. Kept under wraps, not mentioned in the trailers, and no slip ups in interviews, Cumberbatch's character was revealed from the start. Being the second film in the series and seeming to be paying homage to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, fans began to think he would be playing that titular villain. Sure enough, in the second act of Star Trek Into Darkness, he reveals himself as Khan. Is this too much of a homage that it just seems like a re-imaginging of the character? That is what I believed when walking out of the theatre three years ago, but I have found a way to forgive it. It does make sense, given that Leonard Nimoy is present as an older Spock, which implies that the events of the original series may have actually happened in this timeline. Regardless, they have faced this character in the past, so it was nice to see a new spin on him. What hurts the fact that this character is included in this film, is the fact that they could not think of an original villain, as they did so well in 2009s Star Trek. Once this aspect is forgiven, you are able to immerse yourself in Cumberbatch's terrific performance and root for the Star Fleet Officers to take him down. Like the recent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, audiences were able to see many fresh things put into an already well-established universe of films, while simultaneously borrowing story elements of the best films from the past. One thing that bothered me about this installment of Star Trek, was the constant feel of back-tracking. Sharing scenes with the original films, almost to the point of reading lines of dialogue verbatim (although role-reversed), it became slightly annoying in the fact that they could not come up with anything clever. Although this film does stand on its own as a great film, Star Trek Into Darkness is not without these glaring issues. Overall, Star Trek Into Darkness is a very fun sequel. Although it borrows almost too many plot devices from the past, it is able to invent a few new ones along the way, making for a pure adrenaline blast on the big screen. With terrific performances all around (which is needed in a Star Trek film), there is not much to dislike here, unless you choose to nitpick flaws. I presume you will then find yourself hating this film. Filled with energy, fast-paced action sequences, clever dialogue, great character developing scenes, and a climax that I thought was spectacularly fun, this is a series that keeps on chugging along. I can't wait for this franchise to continue. I love this new cast.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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