Release Date: 16 May 2013 (general release)
Running Time: 129 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: J.J. Abrams
Screenplay: Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Peter Weller
Plot: In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver 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
Star Trek Into Darkness has the script provided by the usual pairing of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the duo behind a number of popular sci-fi related projects as well as newcomer Damon Lindelof. Arguably, this is one of their strongest scribbles ever written that displays a wide range elements, humor and emotional along the way. Abrams helps further by channeling some amazing direction skills by emphasizing all the details in place and staging some interesting pop culture. What makes this movie stands apart from the 2009’s reboot is the fact that they expands the scope of the movie and redefines the timeline on its own. At the same time, Star Trek Into Darkness presents the audience with a more focused on the gratifying issue.
In Star Trek Into Darkness, the story sets a few months after the event of the first movie. The career for the young Captain Kirk’s (Chris Pine) and Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto) is down the pipeline when they lead the crew on a mission to a foreign planet that breaks the Starfleet prime directive, regulations and even endangering his own crews. But when London is attacked by a mysterious terrorist known only as John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), Starfleet struggles to maintain the public order but otherwise is determined to bring Harrison to justice. Kirk’s punishment for his insubordination is delayed. But when Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) assigns him a coveted mission to pursuit Harrison who is hiding in the enemy territory, the crews of Enterprise find themselves a situation they cannot comprehend.
Much like the prequel, Star Trek Into Darkness strokes a perfect blending of specific connection between the technology, human interactions and dynamism in the story and characters. Boldly wrapped within the intense action sequences that are vividly displayed and breathtaking, Star Trek Into Darkness also benefits from the goodwill of the large ensemble and interesting crew members of the Enterprise. While many purists will be less smitten by the Abrams’ effort that alters some of the dimensions of the old Star Trek, this new Star Trek feature will likely to appeal to the same audiences who loved the first movie – both old and new fans.