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Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray)

Released on 02 September 2013

Featuring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto & Anton Yelchin

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 12 years & over

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The year's 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 (Zachary Quinto), and the daring crew of the U.S.S. 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 belter of a blockbuster" (The Sun).

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 'Shall we begin?'

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While summer 2013 has been perhaps less of a stellar year there was at least one film which managed to entertain me and provide some visual thrills and spills along the way and just like back in 2009, J.J. Abrams has delivered the Summer's best piece of entertainment. Funnily enough, back in 2009 the film in question was this film's predecessor 'Star Trek'.

Taking it's cue from the events of the first film, the sequel plunges Starfleet into turmoil when Earth is attacked by someone who appears to have been one of their own best officers, sending Kirk and Spock out on a mission to track the man responsible down. Except, Kirk and Spock are still struggling to reconcile their different ways of commanding and find that even greater conflict may yet come between them. And just who is John Harrison, the seeming mastermind behind events?

The film isn't perfect but I would say the first 70 odd minutes are actually better than the 2009 film, with an intriguing plot developing, examination of the nature of Starfleet and the Federation and struggle between morality and instinct. Where it does take a turn is in the revelation of who is actually whom - a revelation that feels like it was made to make fans go 'woah' but which doesn't fully pay off. The film also then does become more of an actioner as the extended finale plays out before a finale that openly winks at a previous film, but which manages to make it work thanks to a new thematic interpretation for the relationship between Kirk and Spock.

The visual effects are top notch and from a fan's POV sights and sounds of a future Earth are beautifully rendered and realised through locations and CGI. The performances are all solid and most of the cast have quickly settled into their parts and get a little to do along the way. Benedict Cumberbatch is a smooth and seductively voiced villain who plays not only with the characters but the viewer as well and the final moments of the film finally promise some (overdue) deep space adventure.

I'm already ready for the next one in the new series!

 Simply amazing!

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I went to the theatre to see this with a friend and I was not let down. With the characters already established from the previous movie, we could just jump right into the action and fun. I did not have much of an opinion about Benedict Cumberbatch before, but I think he did an amazing job as the villain.
There was some truly breath taking action sequences with stunning cgi, the usual funny remarks to lift the tension and a more put-together crew that knows each other much better now!
I loved it and thought it was just as good as the first one!

 Into Incoherence

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Officially the 12th film in the Star Trek canon, this continues on from Abrams' 2009 reboot in breathless fashion, reworking the plot of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" merely to outwit dedicated Trekkies. While still entertaining, and boasting some huge special effects, the film is also so relentlessly ADD, it's almost impossible to take in what it's trying to achieve. One minute Cumberbatch is the main antagonist, the next it's someone else. Another minute, the minor characters threaten to have something to do, the next it's back to the Kirk-Spock bromance. Full marks to Abrams for breathing fresh new life into a tired franchise but at this rate, it will collapse from exhaustion from chasing its own tail anytime soon.

 My honest fan review

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I am a long time Star Trek fan and can admit it needed the reboot and loved the 2009 film. Before this new film was aired in the theatres I really got excited with the prospect of a new vilain played by Benedict Cumberbatch who I love in Sherlock also they did really well with the promo videos. However when I had finished watching it at the cinema my wife asked "did I enjoy it?" I replied "yeah it was alright" she then said "Your quiet whats wrong" to be honest I can't divulge more as they would be spoilers however I can say I was honestly dissapointed as exciting as the action sequences and cgi was this film is a rip off from an original star trek series episode and film. I honestly believe they could have done better hence the 3 stars.
For new viewers of the trek universe they will love it but I felt robbed.
I still probably buy this to watch again and to add to the collection.

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ActorsChris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho, Peter Weller, Nazneen Contractor, Joseph Gatt, Tom Archdeacon & Nolan North
DirectorJ.J. Abrams
Certificate12 years and over
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (7.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench ; Italian ; Spanish ; English Audio Description
SubtitlesEnglish ; English for the hearing impaired ; Danish ; Dutch ; Finnish ; French ; Italian ; Norwegian ; Spanish ; Swedish
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration2 hours and 12 minutes (approx)