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Star Trek Into Darkness

The starship Enterprise blasts off again, going boldly where it's gone innumerable times before. As in the successful 2009 reboot, the blockbuster machinery overwhelms everything else, though this hardly matters because everything else is recycled: characters (the wicked Khan, played here by Benedict Cumberbatch), conflicts (the stale debate over logic versus emotion), and themes (weepy male romance as Spock watches Kirk expire inside a quarantine chamber, just as Kirk watched Spock die in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan). 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, reviving the cocky young adventurer of the TV show instead of the chunky, sub-Shakespearean agonist of the later movies. J.J. Abrams directed; with Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, and John Cho.



  • J.J. Abrams


  • Chris Pine
  • Zachary Quinto
  • Karl Urban
  • ZoĆ« Saldana
  • Anton Yelchin
  • Simon Pegg
  • John Cho
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Alice Eve
  • Bruce Greenwood
  • Peter Weller


  • J.J. Abrams
  • Bryan Burk
  • Damon Lindelof
  • Alex Kurtzman
  • Roberto Orci
  • Jeffrey Chernov
  • David Ellison
  • Dana Goldberg
  • Paul Schwake

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