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Reviews: Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

star_trek_into_darknessReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Secondo capitolo della nuova serie cinematografica dedicata alla saga iniziata da Roddenberry con la storica serie televisiva degli anni ’60, questo Star Trek Into Darkness è un magnifico ritorno sulla USS Enterprise.
  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Star Trek Into Darkness is in all but name a remake of The Wrath of Khan with a bit of The Search of Spock thrown in for good measure.
  • Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online
    • Excerpt: Eclipses all but the best of the classic Trek films.
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: Well-made and engrossing, Star Trek Into Darkness is the rare sequel that stands strongly on its own. It requires no love for the franchise or even for the previous film to thoroughly enjoy.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: For the most part, the film is a carbon copy of the last one, in both its strength and weaknesses.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: An immensely engaging sci-fi thriller about friendship, leadership, and loss in a tense and war-mongering intergalactic world.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed. There was something missing – some extra bit of seasoning – that didn’t make this film bad but also didn’t make the film great.
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Gran trabajo de J.J. Abrams al poner al continuar con fuerza una saga a la que hizo renacer
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Paramount to the success of this series is the perfection of its regular cast, who have made these iconic roles their own.
  • [New – 11/22] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Few films better exemplify the cinematic equivalent of a sophomore slump than Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abram’s follow-up to his own 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise. It’s not a bad film, though there are aspects of it which are terrible, but it tries so very hard to replicate the thrills of its predecessor that it loses much of the excitement that made it so winning.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: From the manner in which it is constructed to the way it has been marketed, there is an undercurrent of insecurity running throughout STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: t’s been nearly 50 years since “Star Trek” first appeared on TV screens,, so it’s a little astonishing to think that it may only be hitting its high watermark now. But seriously, this may be the best “Trek” yet. “Star Trek Into Darkness” starts off at warp speed out of space dock and never lets up.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This is an exciting entry—one of the best entries, really—in the series.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com
    • Excerpt: Despite the first film’s move to create a separate universe safe(r) from die hard Trekkies, this film feels pretty familiar.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Adrenaline-fueled and highly entertaining, filled with feverish, fast-paced excitement and suspense. Live long and prosper!
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: I’ve accepted that this is Trek lite, and, in that capacity, it delivers solidly … Perhaps in the next film Abrams and company may set their sights on something more ambitious: finding consequential new stories to tell in their rebooted universe.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: The problem here is that we already have so many would-be roller-coaster rides on modern cinema screens, making one ache for a more considered brand of genre delight. The positive aspect is that so many of those rides suck, whereas Star Trek’s rigid place in the pop cultural firmament helps give this style rare integrity and power.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A Star Trek for our times. Very much for our times. Which means there’s little hope to be found here…
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: It’s wholly polished, but “Into Darkness” is a broody, charmless heartbreaker.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Funny, suspenseful, heartfelt, chock-full with dazzling effects. Easily one of the best in the durable franchise!
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: They say this isn’t your father’s “Star Trek.” They’re right. My father’s “Trek” was significantly better.
  • Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: This ill-named sequel plays more like a transitional story than its own film.
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
  • Peter Martin @ Dallas Film Now
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: Once again we “boldly go”, but this time it feels like some men have gone there before.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Boldly going…
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Despite the gloomy title, Star Trek Into Darkness is anything but: this is a big, bright, slam-bang action-adventure film.
  • Kevin Ranson @ MovieCrypt.com
    • Excerpt: … little more than a roller coaster ride.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: It has great things in it, but one can’t avoid the fact that Abrams has made a a clang-and-bang special effects picture that develops a crises about every 20 seconds.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: While not as clever or riveting as the first chapter, Star Trek Into Darkness does raise hopes that Abrams will be able to handle the Star Wars franchise next.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Nearly as exciting and engaging as its predecessor, and just as supremely well crafted.
  • Sam Turner @ Film Intel
    • Excerpt: The brief glimpse of a boldly-going adventure film in the opening is tantalising and all the more frustrating when Abrams’ film doesn’t follow that idea further.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: The occasional cheesy fan-service moments feel like a distraction from the film’s real virtues: non-stop, rollicking sci-fi action and snappy dialogue between sharply-drawn characters.
Updated: July 20, 2015 — 9:30 pm

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