Star Trek Into Darkness

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Star Trek Into Darkness

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What happens if you take The Wrath of Khan but remove what was good about it? This is what you get.
Genre: Science fiction
Action
Directed By: J. J. Abrams
Produced By: J. J. Abrams
Bryan Burk
Damon Lindelof
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Written By: Damon Lindelof
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Based On: Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry
Starring: John Cho
Benedict Cumberbatch
Alice Eve
Bruce Greenwood
Simon Pegg
Chris Pine
Zachary Quinto
Zoe Saldana
Karl Urban
Peter Weller
Anton Yelchin
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Dan Mindel
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: April 23, 2013 (Sydney)
May 17, 2013 (United States)
Runtime: 132 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $185–190 million
Box Office: $467.4 million
Franchise: Star Trek
Prequel: Star Trek (2009)
Sequel: Star Trek Beyond (2016)


Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 science-fiction action film directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek film franchise and the sequel to the 2009 film Star Trek, as the second in a rebooted film series. Star Trek Into Darkness premiered at Event Cinemas in Sydney, Australia, on April 23, 2013, and was released on May 9 in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Peru, with other countries following.

The film was released on May 17 in the United States and Canada, opening at IMAX cinemas a day earlier.

A sequel, Star Trek Beyond was released on July 22, 2016.

Plot

The crew of the Starship Enterprise returns home after an act of terrorism within its own organization destroys most of Starfleet and what it represents, leaving Earth in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) leads his people (Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoë Saldana) on a mission to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction, thereby propelling all of them into an epic game of life and death.

Bad Qualities

  1. Like Star Trek: Nemesis, the story is nothing more than a retread of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. And this time it actually is an out-and-out copy of The Wrath of Khan, as Nemesis at least did it with a new villain and a different premise.
  2. There was controversy over changing Khan's race. Whereas in the original series he was Indian, here he's white (it's explained in a prequel comic that he had surgery).
  3. Kirk's character arc (being demoted for his recklessness) doesn't really go anywhere.
  4. The story itself isn't interesting or engaging, especially compared to plots of the original Star Trek films and sometimes the Next Generation films.
  5. The Enterprise crew barely even have any relevance to their own movie, as they're basically just caught in the middle of a conflict between Khan and Admiral Marcus.
  6. The film uses a rather washed out "gritty" color palette template typically seen in war films, instead of bright colors like the previous films did.
  7. Khan here is a poorly-written character who bears little resemblance to his prime counterpart, most notably lacking the traits that made the original interesting.
    • Speaking of which, Admiral Marcus is actually a better main villain than Khan is, since his backstory and motives are far more interesting than the one the movie gives to Khan. Unfortunately, Marcus is killed with about a half-hour of the movie remaining, and then just forgotten about.
  8. Much like Star Trek: Generations, Captain Kirk suffers an anticlimactic death by entering the radioactive chamber to realign the warp core.
  9. The infamous scene where Spock shouts Khan's name after witnessing Kirk's death can be obnoxious to some viewers and is flat out cringe-worthy.
  10. The film cops out of Captain Kirk's death immediately, by using Khan's blood to revive him.
    • Worse still, this is ripped off from an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, where Neelix was killed in an accident and the crew used the nanoprobes in Seven of Nine's blood to bring him back to life.
  11. Needless padding that makes the film feel longer than it actually is.
  12. Spock is massively out of character compared to most of the series. He is shown to be far more interested in the romance than he is supposed to be, along with the aforementioned infamous shout.
  13. That scene with Carol Marcus in her underwear was very unnecessary.

Good Qualities

  1. Most of the cast do a good job in their respective roles.
  2. The action sequences, while overblown, are exciting to watch.
  3. The special effects, much like the previous film, are fantastic.
  4. Great make-up effects on the aliens.
  5. Good soundtrack from Michael Giacchino.
  6. Alice Eve didn't feel exploited while filming the scene of Carol Marcus in her underwear, even going as far to say that she believes that the scene isn't unecessary, saying that exhibiting the beauty of the female body doesn't detract from the strength of Carol's character.

Reception

Star Trek Into Darkness received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval "Certified Fresh" rating of 84%, based on 292 reviews, with an average rating of 7.43/10. The site's consensus reads, "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.". On Metacritic, the film has a 72% indicating "Generally Favorable Reviews".

On the other hand, the reception from fans and audiences has become divisive in recent years, with some fans considering it to be the second-worst Star Trek movie after Star Trek V: The Final Frontier to the point where the weaker Star Trek films like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: Insurrection, and to an extent Star Trek: Nemesis, once considered the lesser films in the franchise, are now looked on more favorably in hindsight by some fans.

Comments


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Stephenfisher2001

14 months ago
Score 2
Is Beyond bad? If it is, Then, I'll add the movie in this wiki.
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FreezingTNT

14 months ago
Score 0
Have you even seen the film yourself?
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Stephenfisher2001

14 months ago
Score 0
Not yet, But I saw Star Trek 2009 one.
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Stephenfisher2001

14 months ago
Score 0
Also, In addition, I like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Alien franchise. Those three are my favorite.
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Xian Pu

14 months ago
Score 1
Beyond isn't one of the franchise's better movies, but I definitely wouldn't call it bad. I think that one should be on Greatest Movies Wiki under the "Decent Films" category.
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Stephenfisher2001

14 months ago
Score 0
Alright, I'll make my sandbox, and I'll watch Beyond, and I'll see if I can! :)
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Declan Kearns

14 months ago
Score 0
In my honest opinion, Star Trek Nemesis is Godfather 2 compared to any of the JJ Abrams movies.
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Hiatt Grey

13 months ago
Score 0
Sorry. But I like this film. You guys just hate J.J. Abrams.
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Xian Pu

13 months ago
Score 0

I don't. I think Star Trek '09's actually a really good movie, and I'd still rather watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens over any of the prequel trilogy.

But this movie was a disappointment. Not as bad as The Final Frontier, Insurrection or Nemesis, but not nearly as good as it could have been.
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Tkgaynor

3 months ago
Score 1
This one is actually my favorite Star Trek, My 2nd favorite is Star Trek: Beyond.
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Robertoiglesias271

3 months ago
Score -1
Omg I love Star Trek Beyond too!
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Joker1999

2 months ago
Score 0
I thought this movie was good I mean it was my favorite one.
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Travis1452

one month ago
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This movie is pretty good imo

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