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Pioneering director J.J. Abrams delivers 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.


A good portion of Trekkies (or Trekkers, depending on one's level of Star Trek obsession) have special affection for episodes of the original TV series that related to Earth and other-Earth cultures visited by the crew of the Enterprise, version 1.0. Some of the shows unfolded in distorted forms of the past, some in the present day of Star Trek's future reality. Director J.J. Abrams recognized the importance of this relationship in his origin-story reboot of the franchise in 2009, and in Star Trek Into Darkness he has made it an even greater touchstone to the roots of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's defining philosophy from nearly 50 years ago. The human home world is key to the plot of this spectacularly bold leap into Star Trek lore, which cleverly continues along the alternate path that was established as separate from the "original" Star Trek universe in Abrams's first whiz-bang crack at advancing the mythology. But it's not just Earth that is cool and imperiled in this rendering of adventure in the 23rd century; Into Darkness also plays with the original conceit that Earthlings were member to a multi-species United Federation of Planets ruled by a "Prime Directive" of noninterference with other civilizations. The conflict comes when rogue elements in the Earth-based Starfleet Command hunger to shift focus from peaceful exploration to militarization, a concept that is anathema to the crew of the Enterprise and her ongoing mission. The new cast is again inventively reunited, each of them further investing their characters with traits that reveal novel acting choices while staying true to the caricatures that are ingrained in our popular culture. The interplay between Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock is deeper, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura is a solid third in their relationship. John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), and Karl Urban (McCoy) all have standout roles in the overall ensemble mystique as well as the plot-heavy machinations of this incarnation's narrative. Fortunately, the burdens of the story are well served by some important additions to the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch's Shakespearean aura, ferociously imperious gaze, and graceful athleticism make him a formidable villain as the mysterious Starfleet operative John Harrison. Harrison has initiated a campaign of terror on Earth before leading the Enterprise to even greater dangers in the enemy territory of Klingon-controlled space. That his background may make dedicated Trekkies/Trekkers gasp is just one acknowledgment of the substantial and ingrained legacy Star Trek has borne. There are many references, nods and winks to those with deep reverence for the folklore (some of them perhaps a little too close to being inside-baseball), though the fantastical and continually exciting story stands as an expertly crafted tale for complete neophytes. Another new face is Peter Weller--iconically famous in sci-fi-dom as RoboCop--here playing a steely, authoritative Starfleet bigwig who may also be following a hidden agenda. Not only is he running a covert operation, he's also at the helm of a fearsome secret starship that looms over the Enterprise like a shark poised to devour its prey. Which brings us to the awesome CGI effects driving the dazzling visual style of Into Darkness and the endlessly fascinating cosmos it makes real. The wow factor extends from the opening set piece on an alien world of primitive humanoids, garish vegetation, and a roiling volcano to the finale of destruction in a future San Francisco that is elegantly outfitted with gleaming-spired skyscrapers and all manner of flying vehicles. (London also gets a breathtaking 23rd-century makeover). With a coolness that glistens in every immaculately composed shot, the movie never forgets that humanism and creativity make the myriad design details and hyper-technology pop out as much more than eye candy. The biggest achievement of Star Trek Into Darkness is that it hews to the highest standard of a highly celebrated tradition. Though Kirk and co. may bend it a little, the Prime Directive remains unbroken. --Ted Fry

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 17 2014
Format: Blu-ray
STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS [2013] [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Copy] [UK Release] Action-Packed Adventure!

The 2013 best-rated blockbuster is nothing short of “spectacular” [Empire]. When a ruthless mastermind known as Khan [Benedict Cumberbatch] declares a one-man war on the Federation. Captain Kirk [Chris Pine], Spock [Zachery Quinto], and the daring crew of the USS Enterprise, set out on their most explosive manhunt of all time. It will take everything in their arsenal to defend Earth and eliminate Khan’s deadly threat in J.J. Abrams “exhilarating blockbuster.”

Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Leonard Nimoy, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor, Christopher Doohan, Amanda Foreman, Jay Scully, Jonathan Dixon, Aisha Hinds, Joseph Gatt and Sean Blakemore

Director: J.J. Abrams

Producers: Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams

Screenplay: Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci

Composer: Michael Giacchino

Cinematography: Dan Mindel

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Audio: English: 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English: 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio Description, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Italian: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Castilian, Italian, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish

Running Time: 132 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 2

Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: In 1990, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry told the L.A.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 25 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I'm old enough to remember the original Star Trek series, and I have a deep affection for it despite its obvious flaws. I was ready to despise this latest reboot when Star Trek was released in 2009, but some terrific choices were made and I left the theater grinning. I was delighted with the casting choices four years ago, and how this new version of Star Trek gave enough nods to the original without going over the top.

So, I have been anticipating the release of Star Trek Into Darkness ever since the credits rolled on the last entry. I was not disappointed.

What do you want from a Star Trek movie? The world has changed over the past 45 years, and action is an essential element of any science fiction movie. Special effects rule, and the budget can be enormous for proven franchises that simply can't fail at the box office. There is certainly no lack of action in this movie, and it doesn't waste any time in surfacing. Kirk and some of the crew are shown fleeing the inhabitants of a primitive planet, after trying to prevent a volcano from destroying it. The fast cuts look like something out of a Bourne movie, and provide the first adrenaline rush. There are no shortage of similar moments over the remaining two hours.

While I loved Star Trek (2009), it was pretty light on story. It served as a vehicle to introduce the new crew, and did so splendidly, but the actual story wasn't particularly memorable. That's not to say that it wasn't tremendously enjoyable. What Into Darkness does is develop on that strong foundation. We learn more about the characters, and what binds them together, but this time we're also given a story with more depth.

The story is built around the hunt for John Harrison, who is a man that seems out to destroy the Federation. Who is he?
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By David Myburgh on Aug. 25 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Not much more can be said about the movie - if you're a Star Trek fan, you'll love it. However, why must we Canadians pay $9 more for the same thing vs the US??! And don't tell me its because its "bilingual", because the US version has 4 languages on it. Even Bestbuy has the same price for it in the US and Canadian stores (which is still cheaper than here on Amazon, btw).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Some Guy Named Doug on Feb. 20 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I thought the movie was "fun".
But, I'm distressed by the crazy problems that have been introduced into the Star Trek universe in the last two movies.
High-warp multi-light year transporters, or worse, planet-to-planet? So... wars can now be fought by beaming nukes to other planets from deep space? It seems kind of short-sighted to introduce something that unbalanced into a well established universe.
But I digress.

The reason I think you should NOT buy this Star Trek: Into Darkness blu ray is the way the company is handling the Special Features.

Paramount has a LOT of special features available, but you won't find them here. Apparently someone thought it was a good idea to give out small numbers of Special Features to different retail outlets. Did they think people were going to buy 4+ different copies of the same movie? Of course not. Worst. Marketing. Decision. Ever.

To me, the whole POINT to buying movies on blu ray is the Special Features. But if you make it difficult to buy... then what? Less sales. Seems simple to me.

You can pretty much guarantee that there is going to be a "Special Edition" of this movie with ALL the special features on it.
Personally, I'm going to wait for that one. (...and you should too! Don't support this marketing tactic!)
If I still care about the movie at that point.

Since you've read this far, consider this:

Releasing a blu ray which is a great experience (lots of well-designed Special Features) will let people ENJOY it. They'll want more. And the next time you release a movie, they'll BUY the blu ray, no questions asked.
BUT, if you create a POOR blu ray experience, that cause people to write reviews such as this one, then they'll REMEMBER that.
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