Star Trek Into Darkness Sunday, 29 March 2020

Star Trek Into Darkness

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch:

    The franchise prospers.

  • Starring:

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Alice Eve, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Leonard Nimoy, Felicity Wren, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller

  • Directed by:

    JJ Abrams

  • Running time:

    132 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot (futuristic laser weapons/phasers), stunned/zapped, stabbed (bat'leth, knife), punched, kicked, thrown, chased, grabbed, head-crushed, slapped, threatened, held hostage, near-burned. Photon torpedoes. People fall from great heights to their deaths, suffer radiation poisoning. Spears are thrown. An alien animal is shot. Erupting volcano, bomb, explosions. Spaceships suffer catastrophic mechanical failure, crash, burn. Damaged buildings, debris, smashed glass. Assassination plot, destruction, torture, death, dead victims, decapitation (discussed). Famous UK/USA cities and landmarks destroyed. People are sucked out of moving aircraft. Yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Fresh corpses. Severed, broken limbs. Bloody faces, bruising, scratches, bloody wounds. Blood samples extracted. Blood transfusion, seasickness mentioned. Extremely sick children in hospital beds. Cryogenically frozen people (faces) seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Movement beneath bed sheets (threesome implied). Flirting. Kissing. Past sexual activity (discussed). Cleavage. Females in underwear. Shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits).

  • LANGUAGE:

    Partial f-word, s-words, sonofab*tch, p*ss. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Genre stereotyping.

  • THEMES:

    Science fiction, Star Trek, space travel, hyperspace, manhunt, terrorism, assassination, loyalty, betrayal, revenge, disobeying orders, cryogenics, genetic engineering, friends, family, teamwork, interplanetary relations, peace-keeping, mortality, ethics.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hospital setting; sick children (cancer implied), radiation death. Tribble, fish, volcano. Human and animal resurrection. Demotion, job loss. Extremely high aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Benedict Cumberbatch's voice. Faithful 'Star Trek' feel. Entertaining dialogue, strong plot-driven story, engrossing visuals, brisk humour, thrilling, engaging, exceptional. Impressive use of 3D.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Excessive peril becomes repetitive. Thin re-hashed plots, underwritten villain.

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