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Star Trek Into Darkness (12A)

Star Trek Into Darkness (12A)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

The critical consensus

Everyone is a little more battered, a little less dewy-eyed. People are unlikely to charge out of the cinema with quite the same level of glee as they did in 2009; but this is certainly an astute, exhilarating concoction.

****(*)Andrew Pulver, The Guardian, 01/05/2013

Star Trek into Darkness is, by and large, a reprocessed version of an earlier film in the series, and your enjoyment of this new film depends almost entirely on your ability to spot links to the old one.

***(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 02/05/2013

Star Trek Into Darkness remains great fun for non-fans, but especially the faithful, with nods to some of their favourite tropes, and a wholesale flip ­revision of one particularly successful old storyline.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 04/05/2013

A relentless follow-up which starts at warp speed and punches the accelerator. The plot might not stand up to scrutiny, but in the moment Into Darkness is a fun and often thrilling ride.

***(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 11/05/2013

If this is Abrams’ final frontier, he has left Star Trek in a good place, both in the fictional universe and as a franchise. In some sense, the title is misleading. Into Darkness is a blast, fun, funny, spectacular and exhilarating. The rule of great even-numbered Trek movies continues.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 06/05/2013

Entertaining, flashy, and action-packed, if rather lacking in substance, Into Darkness represents a continuing improvement on the franchise, with interesting implications as to the direction of future films.

***(*)(*)Becky Bartlett, The Skinny, 09/05/2013

Given how nimbly Abrams succeeded in crowbarring new life into the Trek universe last time, it’s a bit dismaying that he seems so willing to seal it shut again, providing maximum enjoyment only to those deeply versed in the mythos.

Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 10/05/2013

J.J Abrams keeps the engaging human drama bubbling along nicely, aided by his outstanding cast, and he maintains a fierce pace. He ensures that both Trekkies and newcomers to the Star Trek universe should be boldly entertained.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 10/05/2013

If you want wit and narrative twistiness that actually packs surprises, rather than just triggering the next exchange of fire, Iron Man 3 is the one. But this film leads on pure light and colour, and on its considerable brilliance at unfolding three-dimensional space in front of a moving camera.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Romney, The Independent, 11/05/2013

We're not boldly going anywhere.

**(*)(*)(*)Laurence Phelan, The Independent, 10/05/2013

Star Trek Into Darkness gets the job done without ever threatening to raise one’s pulse. It’s a thoroughly professional entertainment.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 10/05/2013

This sequel, directed again by Abrams, sits firmly in the ‘more of the same’ camp: it’s funny, dramatic and very exciting, but for the most part it lacks that freshness. Abrams is still boldly going, it’s just that this time he has already been there once before.

***(*)(*)Paul Gallagher, The List, 09/05/2013

The dilithium crystals powering the entertainment warp drive are still pretty much undamaged.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 09/05/2013

The film is short on the provocative ideas that Gene Roddenberry's original TV series had plenty of, but offers bangs for bucks on a prodigious scale in a succession of repetitive battles that will have the 3D glasses bouncing on everyone's nose.

Philip French, The Observer, 12/05/2013

Features about Star Trek Into Darkness (12A)

Star Trek Into Darkness: how it was made, by the people who made it

Alex Godfrey, The Guardian, 11/05/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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