Star Trek Into Darkness

Out Now On-Demand

Chris Pine's Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto's Spock return alongside Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana and newcomers Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Weller in the sci-fi sequel to J.J. Abrams' beloved 2009 Star Trek reboot. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home to Earth, they find John Harrison (Cumberbatch), a powerful figure with a thirst for vengeance, has begun to wage a one man war on Starfleet. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew in pursuit of this fugitive, but if Harrison's strength and cunning prove a match for the whole fleet, what hope does the young crew of the Enterprise have of bringing him to justice - and what price will they have to pay?

JJ Abrams’ Star Trek not only kept most Trekkies reasonably happy but also reignited public interest in the spacefarers of the USS Enterprise while proving a bloody good watch to boot. With Star Trek Into Darkness Abrams goes two for two, an impressive outcome given his comparatively short directorial career.

Into Darkness quickly affirms that Kirk’s hotheadedness hasn’t quite made him commanding officer material yet. Luckily for the viewer, the consequences of his impulsiveness bring him into direct contact with Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison, instantly credible as a one-man force hell-bent on taking on Starfleet (headed by a great Peter Weller).

The ensuing skirmishes, chases and confrontations add a personal struggle somewhat missing from Abrams’ previous effort, helping to distinguish Into Darkness from its predecessor in replacing boy’s own space adventuring with something more potent, a rivalry fed by differing desires for revenge. That’s not to suggest the scale of the film has narrowed - there might not be an equivalent of Kirk’s dash across the icy plains of Delta Vega in Star Trek, but there’s no shortage of large scale action on offer both on land and in space, including some great city-based carnage and a spectacular spacesuit-clad plummet from ship to ship through a debris field.

Building upon the opportunities afforded by his new timeline, Abrams continues making callbacks to the original Star Trek universe. Some of these will even be apparent to only the casually acquainted (that’d be me!), and as a bonus he’s also tempered his enthusiasm for lens flares – which at this point in such an exciting sequence of films seems like a ridiculous thing to have complained about in the first place.

Empire (UK)


A blast. Fun, funny, spectacular and exhilarating.

Guardian (UK)


An astute, exhilarating concoction.

Hollywood Reporter


Efficiently delivers what it's built to do, but without style or personality.

Time Out London


A stop-gap tale that's modest, fun and briefly amusing.

Total Film (UK)


The most thrilling Star Trek since First Contact.

Variety (USA)


May not boldly go where no "Trek" adventure has gone before, but getting there is such a well-crafted, immensely pleasurable ride that it would be positively Vulcan to nitpick.

Benedict Cumberbatch is awesome.

This film lacked a bit in substance and seemed like a chore for the actors compared to the first movie. Benedict Cumberbatch, however, puts in a great performance.

To infinity & beyond

Loved it! Cumberbatch was brilliant!





But not nearly as good as the last one

Going Nowhere

This movie has a lot of special effects that are far bigger and better than the story.One part has a space ship crashing into a city.Spectacular!

It does not offer much that is new and I felt that I had seen it all before.

It was easily forgettable.




A bit too action packed

I am glad I didn't see this movie in 3D (I catch most 3D films in 3D) because even in 2D it gave me something of a headache, I felt bombarded by the level of action and explosions (and don't get me wrong, I generally like action films). As a story it was solid enough, not as good as the first one and somewhat darker (there was some moral ambiguity I enjoyed, and Spock's infuriating "logical" statements were a source of amusement. To be fair I'm no trekkie, the 2009 movie was my first exposure, however I didn't feel this one was as good.

dead tribble

why was the dead tribble the only thing that didnt get tossed around the ship? It was still on the table where Bones left it.

Engaging; best to see it in theatres!

This was an absolutely amazing film. I say this because I am NOT a Star Trek fan but the director did phenomenally well bringing audiences like me into the action and not be completely lost. It had just the right amount of wit and a bucket-full of action I couldn't get enough of!

Kudos goes to the VFX team for making the CGI looking flipping fantastic; every computerized detail was perfect. Cumberbatch took the award for best actor for me on this film; he brought 'it'. I can't explain what 'it' is without spoiling, but lets just say he did an amazing job and performed top-notch.

Abrams couldn't have made this film any better and if he did I'd offer 6 gold stars on a silver patter.

Darkness is Coming

Action-packed, superbly acted, and typically witty, Star Trek Into Darkness manages to entertain while irreverently betraying the human desire for superiority and dominance.

Make it so...

Trekkies will be pretty pretty pleased with JJ Abrams 'Star Wars VII' warm-up. There are knowing nods and overt references to a whole host of Trek-lore - from Harry Mudd, Tribbles, Klingons and Nicholas Meyer's second 'Star Trek' movie - from way back in 1982. So, if you're a fan of the 'Trek' you'll get tickles galore from Abrams' script. That said, pretty much anyone can enjoy the fun to be had here. It's space opera that revolves, as ever, around the basic question of any 'Star Trek' movie: "Can we get Spock to show emotion?"

The special effects are spot on, although (yet again) the 3D provides little save the odd pretty depth effect, and going to warp speed looks stunning as The Enterprise whooshes away at warp, leaving a trail of wibbly wobbly lines against the black expanse of space, dotted with twinkly stars. Nice. But is it worth those extra $$$ to see in three dimensions?

What is 3D (for the most part) are the characters. Every single one gets to play a key scene and save the day in his / her own way. Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) get to play a version of mismatched 'Lethal Weapon' cops Murtaugh and Riggs, and it's clear that Abrams loves Simon Pegg, as his Scotty gets to take centre stage in several scenes.

To say too much about Benedict Cumberbatch's role would be to spoil it (although I see IMDB list his role on the full cast page for the movie, which kinda gives the game away guys!) It's enough to say that Benedict rocks the deerstalker hat in the BBCs 'Sherlock' and he rocks in his bad guy role here, relishing every speech given to him by Abrams script as if it were a Shakespearian soliloquy.

The comic book "geeks" used to bemoan Hollywood's mistreatment of their heroes - but now, with the likes of Joss Whedon at the helm of 'The Avengers', and Abrams guiding both 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars', the new millennium is looking good for cinematic sci-fi and superhero fans.

Live long and prosper.


wasnt a fan - but its started something thats not going to stop - Dvd shop here i come :)