The Star Trek franchise continues with this follow-up to 2009's J.J. Abrams-directed reboot. Abrams returns to direct from a script by Damon Lindelof and the writing team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The crew of the Enterprise engages in an epic battle of good versus evil after being summoned home, only to discover Starfleet in ruins, and they venture into a war zone to find the powerful villain (Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch) responsible for the devastation.~Jeremy Wheeler
It’s been a 4 year mission to wait for a sequel to J.J. Abrams’ awesome Star Trek reboot but, finally Star Trek Into Darkness has arrived. And while it’s not quite up to the 2009 blockbuster, it is still a really entertaining 2 hours at the movies. The film opens with Kirk (Chris Pine) disobeying Starfleet’s Prime Directive to save a primitive alien race and his Vulcan first officer, Spock (Zachary Quinto). When the Enterprise reaches Earth, instead of being handed the much coveted 5 year mission, Kirk is handed a demotion and Pike resumes command of the good ole NCC 1701. But, this speed-bump in Kirk’s career doesn’t last as a mysterious rogue Starfleet agent by the name of John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) launches deadly terroristic attacks against Starfleet and it’s personnel. His actions put Kirk once again in the captain’s chair with orders to hunt this dangerous fugitive down, on the Klingon home world of Kronos to where he’s fled, and eliminate him. But, Kirk is not comfortable being an assassin and he and his and crew find that once they enter Klingon space and retrieve their quarry, that “John Harrison” is not who they think he is and they may be pawns in a greater conspiracy involving a Starfleet Admiral (Peter Weller) with a monstrous warship and his own agenda. Star Trek Into Darkness is a fun and fast paced action adventure that’s only real problem is that it moves a little too fast and we’d like a little more time to allow the emotions of the events witnessed to resonate. Kirk’s demotion is a good example as he is back in command in about 10 minutes of screen time and we really don’t get a chance to appreciate this blow to the character’s career and ego. Once the plot starts to unfold, the film is all too eager to get to the explosions and fisticuffs then to give us a few minutes to properly absorb the dramatic effects of what occurs. But, I would be lying if I said that what action Abrams delivers is not exciting and fun because, it is. This is especially true during an exhilarating last act which made up for some of the lack of real emotional depth earlier on. The script from Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof has it weaknesses but, ultimately I did like their twist on a familiar Trek character and how the new timeline effected his involvement in Trek history. The cast is once again top notch and it is the interaction between characters that really helps keep this movie on target during some of the weaker bits. The combination of Abrams’ direction, the script’s character interaction and the cast, really give this film it’s strength despite all the awesome action and eye popping SPFX. All the crew return from Trek 09 and are all really good, once again, at making these classic characters their own yet, still familiar. Trek’s bad guy is played with relish by Benedict Cumberbatch, giving a strong performance as the main villain, though I just wish his character had a bit more screen time to be developed a little more, to give the character more weight and impact. And it’s great to see Peter Weller back on the big screen as Admiral Marcus, the Starfleet officer whose visions of war with the Klingon Empire have caused him to act against the very things he seeks to defend. And pretty Alice Eve is fine as Carol Marcus, the admiral’s daughter and future Kirk love interest. The character has little to do for the most part but, Eve does well when Miss Marcus does become important to the plot. So in conclusion, I had a fun time watching this Trek sequel and while I wish it had a little more emotional depth in the first two acts and a little more development of some of the new characters, their is plenty of warp speed action to entertain and the film really delivers in the final act where it counts. Beam me up for Trek 3!
Whether you are a Star Trek fan or just love Sci-Fi in general, Into Darkness will not disappoint. It is a fantastic follow up to the Star Trek franchise reboot directed by J.J. Abrams launched in 2009. This film is a definite must own for any collection. Someone famous once quoted a salute back in 1967: Live long and prosper . . . yes that’s right Spock also reprises his world renown role for this amazing sequel.
Great movie the hdr picture quality was amazing. The sound in atmos had my living coming to life. Great over head sound. You get the 4k blu-ray, special features blu-ray & bonus blu-ray. Also comes with a digital copy which redeems in 4k.
WITH GREAT RESPECT, THIS FILM PAID HOMAGE THE ORIGINAL FILM. THEY ADDED KLINGON'S TO THE REMAKE and DID A VERY GOOD JOB WITH IT. THE BATTLES ARE INTENSE, WITH A POWERFUL BARRAGE OF SPACE BATTLES. MUST OWN FOR YOUR COLLECTION.
This review is from Star Trek Into Darkness [2 Discs] [With Movie Cash] [Blu-ray/DVD] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great movie for any Star Trek fan.
Action and story are both great! Even though this movie came out like two years ago, it's still a favorite. Wanted for my collection!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
TREKKIE FOR LIFE
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
You dont have to be a die hard fan to appreciate a space mystery. Only Star Trek could add mystery and mayhem to outer space. Captains log states that this seems like a true 4k DI but it's a 2k upscale. I was very impressed with the wide color gamut for this one. I own the blu ray and the difference is literally night and day to me. What are you waiting for this is a reference quality disc
Upgrade of the original second movie involving Kahn with a twist.. story line totally different from original 1982 version... I think Ricardo Montalban would agree his version was too stagee and he hung on every sentence when he spoke from one or two spots throughout the entire movie.. The new updated version is way better...