Star Trek Into Darkness

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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


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 (284) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (239) | Rotten (45)

  • 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…

    Bob Mondello

    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…
  • The conceptual sci-fi of the original series is nowhere to be found, though you might enjoy watching the skinny young actors approximate their counterparts from the 60s; Chris Pine is especially good as Captain Kirk.

    May 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • While the action is often electric, it's the relationships that matter. That, and a lippy regard for a cultural legacy.

    May 16, 2013
  • The film is, for whatever else it might be, one of the funniest of the Star Trek entries.

    May 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Trek Into Darkness

  • Aug 14, 2016
    While it may rehash some elements from other films in the franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness is still a worthy and very fun installment with a powerhouse villain performance and staying as visually stunning as usual.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2016
    I really love the direction that this new "Star Trek" franchise is going. It's not the normal exploration drama anymore, but it's more an action piece. And it's a very good one. I really love this movie. If you take away all the previous movies, this is probably better than the first one, because it really does a lot more than the first one and it does go to new planets, for example Kronos which was a treat to see. The acting is great, especially from Cumberbatch who gives a great performance as the main villain. He gives a scary performance as well as a really emotional and lovable performance. One of the reasons, however, why we need to look at the other movies like canon, is because of a scene featuring Leonard Nimoy. And that's where the movie haults for me. This movie is a soft reboot of the great "The Wrath of Khan," and when the movie tries to be that masterpiece, it really feels sloppy for me. I didn't like the fact that Cumberbatch turned out to be Khan and that they wanted to give the character a little twist. The fact that his blood can bring people back from the dead is the most ridiculous thing that anyone has ever done in a movie and that took me out of the movie and really had a big impact on my final thoughts. But, I still ended up liking the movie very much and, while I can't say that it's better than the first one, I can say that it is definitely a worthy follow-up and a great addition to this new franchise.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2016
    Though it feels much more like a Star Wars film than anything Star Trek has ever done, 'Into Darkness' succeeds in most of the areas in sets out to, even if it wasn't the general direction most Trekkies wanted the series to go after a brilliant reboot in 2009. Most of the scrutiny from the film comes from its handling of the character, Spock, and the unnecessary hiding of him for the entire marketing campaign. While the ladder is a fair criticism, it doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the film. Though I can understand a particular third act plot choice that felt like a forced homage to 1982's The Wrath of Khan, this rendition of Khan is still well realized. Most of the credit there should go to the relentless performance from Benedict Cumberbatch. Not as flashy nor as memorable as Ricardo Montalban's Khan, Cumberbatch is far more brutal and deceptive. Even on repeat viewing, I found myself captivated by every scene with Khan, especially those which also involved Kirk and/or Spock. There's something about the dialogue between them that feels vintage good vs evil while also presenting such a tremendous amount of gravitas as well. J.J. Abrams is a genius filmmaker, but I don't think he gets enough credit for what he did with both his Trek films. The series was nearly dead before he came aboard and revamped and refreshed the entire idea of what a Trek film is. Even if it deviates from lore, 'Into Darkness' is a really well made film. The effects have never been better and the way Abrams seamlessly takes us from a CGI or green screen landscape into an integral one on one dialogue battle is very impressive. Though not every key emotional moment feels earned in the third act, it's nice seeing all of the actors start to come into their own as the respected crew members of the Enterprise. Scotty has never been better, Sulu gets more than enough time to shine, Quinto brought a new layer to Spock not seen in 2009, and Chris Pine feels much more like an heir apparent to William Shatner than he did in the first entry. To me, it was much easier to care about the characters this time around. With all this said, there's plenty that I wish the film did differently. The Khan reveal and 3rd act mishandle of the infamous moment are just some of the mishaps that could have been fixed. Or even the entire subplot with the Admirals daughter, but I digress. 'Into Darkness' is a far better film than it probably has a right to be with a fun and exciting direction from Abrams and lively performances from the good and bad side of the coin. +Cumberbatch +Abrams directing style +Great dialogue between Kirk, Khan, and Spock -3rd act mishaps 8.2/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2014
    Before the reboot of Star Trek I hadn't really paid much attention to the Star Trek universe and was excited to see what all the fuzz was about, although trekkies might disagree with this being a good starting point.. I loved it, so I've been looking forward to a sequel ever since the last one. WELL, it has arrived and it KICKED some serious ASS. Star Trek Into Darkness is what modern action filmmaking has evolved into. The movie was fantastic and I absolutely loved it but the script felt dumbed down and JJ did his best with what he was given. The visuals were gorgeous and the score was just amazing through the whole movie. I'm glad they managed to give most of the characters more personality and a moment to grow and develop. Having mentioned that, it's worth to note that Benedict Cumberbatch stole the show with his acting as the ruthless villain and I wouldn't hesitate to give him the title of villain of the year, even if it's still May. (although many people might disagree) Overall I would say this is THE movie of the summer. It brought to the table a great story, outstanding acting, out-of-this world visuals (pun intended) and spotless directing with some lens glare. As I've seen, this is a hit or miss for a lot of people and honestly it's all up to you!
    Chris H Super Reviewer

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