Star Trek Into Darkness
|Star Trek Into Darkness|
North American release poster with the original US release date.
|Directed by||J. J. Abrams|
|Produced by||J. J. Abrams
|Written by||Roberto Orci
|Based on||Star Trek
by Gene Roddenberry
|Music by||Michael Giacchino|
|Editing by||Maryann Brandon
Mary Jo Markey
|Studio||Bad Robot Productions
K/O Paper Products
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||133 minutes|
Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a screenplay written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof, based on the series of the same name created by Gene Roddenberry. Lindelof, Orci, Kurtzman and Abrams also serve as producers, along with Bryan Burk. Chris Pine reprises his role as Captain James T. Kirk, with Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy, John Cho, and Bruce Greenwood reprising their roles from the previous film. Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller and Alice Eve round out the film's principal cast.
After the release of Star Trek, Abrams, Burk, Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci signed up to produce the film. In 2011, the supporting cast was rounded out with Cumberbatch, Weller and Eve brought in to portray key roles. Filming began in January 2012. The film was shot entirely in California. The film's visual effects were handled by Industrial Light & Magic.
The film was converted to 3D in post-production. Star Trek Into Darkness premiered at Event Cinemas in Sydney on April 23, 2013, and was released on May 9, 2013 in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and parts of Europe and Peru, with other countries following. The film was released on May 16, 2013 in the United States and Canada, opening at IMAX cinemas one day earlier.
The USS Enterprise has been sent to a planet in the Nibiru system to observe a primitive civilization. Captain James T. Kirk violates the Prime Directive when First Officer Spock's life is jeopardized, exposing the Enterprise to the planet's civilization during the rescue. Called back to Earth, Kirk is demoted to first officer of the Enterprise, with his predecessor, Admiral Christopher Pike, reassuming command. The two attend an emergency meeting at Starfleet Command to discuss the bombing of a secret Section 31 installation in London, perpetrated by former Starfleet agent John Harrison. The meeting is attacked by a small gunship piloted by Harrison, who kills Pike. Kirk destroys the gunship, but Harrison escapes. With Pike dead, Kirk is reinstated as the Enterprise's captain. After discovering that Harrison has fled to the Klingon homeworld of Kronos, Kirk receives special permission from Admiral Alexander Marcus to hunt down Harrison. The Enterprise is supplied with 72 long-range prototype photon torpedoes and ordered to fire them at Harrison's location once he is found. However, Scotty, Spock, Bones and Uhura convince Kirk to capture rather than kill Harrison.
Arriving on Kronos, Kirk, Spock and Uhura set out to capture Harrison but are surrounded by Klingons. Harrison helps kill the Klingons and surrenders after learning that 72 torpedoes are aimed at him. Returning to the Enterprise, Harrison reveals his true identity as Khan, a genetically engineered superhuman who was awakened from his nearly 300-year suspended animation by Admiral Marcus to develop advanced weapons for war against the Klingon Empire. The torpedoes are found to contain cryogenic pods with Khan's colleagues inside, who had previously been held hostage by Marcus.
The Enterprise is soon intercepted by an unmarked Federation warship, the USS Vengeance, designed by Khan and commanded by Admiral Marcus. Marcus demands that Kirk hand over Khan, but Kirk refuses. The Enterprise starts to warp to Earth to have Khan stand trial, but is attacked by the Vengeance mid-warp, exiting 237,000 km from Earth. With the Enterprise severely damaged, Kirk offers to hand over Khan and the 72 pods in exchange for the lives of his crew. Marcus refuses, revealing that it was his intention all along to destroy the Enterprise in his plan to dispose of the 73 superhumans and start a war with the Klingons. The Vengeance prepares to open fire, but suffers a power outage caused by Scotty, who had infiltrated the ship after following coordinates given by Khan to Kirk. Kirk and Scotty ally themselves with Khan and board the Vengeance, where they take control of the bridge. Feeling Khan to be untrustworthy, Kirk and Scott attempt to incapacitate him but are overpowered. Khan then kills Admiral Marcus and takes control of the Vengeance.
Khan negotiates with Spock, beaming Kirk and his boarding party back to the Enterprise in exchange for the 72 torpedoes, planning to destroy the Enterprise. Spock instead beams armed torpedoes to the Vengeance, keeping the cryo-pods on the Enterprise, having learned from Spock Prime (the older version of Spock) of his experience with Khan in his parallel time-frame beforehand. Spock Prime reveals that Khan was tyrannical and could not be trusted in his timeline. The torpedoes incapacitate the Vengeance, and both damaged ships start descending towards Earth. Kirk re-aligns the Enterprise's warp core, enabling the crew to regain control of the ship, but suffers fatal radiation poisoning in the process and dies. Khan intentionally crashes the Vengeance in downtown San Francisco, where Spock pursues Khan on foot. Bones's experiment on a Tribble reveals that Khan's blood contains regenerative properties that may reanimate Kirk. Bones thus orders for Kirk to be immediately cryogenically frozen in order to preserve his brain function. Meanwhile, Uhura aids an enraged Spock in subduing Khan.
In the aftermath, Kirk is revived and returns to duty as captain of the Enterprise. Khan is sealed into his cryogenic pod and stored away with his colleagues. As the film ends, a restored Enterprise departs for a five-year mission of exploration.
- Chris Pine as Commander/Captain James T. Kirk, commanding officer and former first officer of the starship Enterprise.
- Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, first officer and science officer. Leonard Nimoy has a cameo appearance as Spock Prime.
- Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, communications officer.
- Anton Yelchin as Ensign Pavel Chekov, navigator and Scott's temporary replacement as chief engineer,
- Karl Urban as Lieutenant Commander Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, chief medical officer.
- Simon Pegg as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, second officer and chief engineer.
- John Cho as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, third officer and helmsman.
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Commander John Harrison, later revealed to be Khan, a genetically enhanced human (or augment) who has spent the past 300 years in suspended animation.
- Bruce Greenwood as Rear Admiral Christopher Pike, Kirk's predecessor as captain of the Enterprise and mentor.
- Peter Weller, as Starfleet Admiral Alexander Marcus, Dr. Carol Marcus's father.
- Alice Eve as Dr. Carol Marcus/ science officer Carol Wallace
- Noel Clarke, as Thomas Harewood, a Starfleet officer, working within Section 31
- Nazneen Contractor as Rima Harewood, Thomas's wife.
- Joseph Gatt as science officer 0718 aboard the Enterprise.
Anjini Taneja Azhar,Nolan North, and Sean Blakemore have also been cast, with North appearing as a Vengeance helmsman. Heather Langenkamp has also been cast as Moto, what she describes as a small role.
In June 2008, it was reported that Paramount Pictures was interested in signing the main producers of the 2009 Star Trek film, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci for a sequel. In March 2009, it was reported that these five producers had signed up to produce the film with the script to be again written by Orci and Kurtzman with Lindelof joining the writing team. A preliminary script was rumored to be completed by Christmas 2009 for a 2011 release. Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci began writing the script in June 2009, originally intending to split the film into two parts.Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock who plays an older version of the character in the 2009 film, stated he would not be making an appearance in the film. Abrams was reportedly considering including William Shatner in the sequel.
By 2010, a release date of June 29, 2012, was set, with Damon Lindelof announcing he had begun working on the script with Kurtzman and Orci. Pre-production was set for a January 2011 start, though producer Bryan Burk stated that actual filming would probably begin in the spring or summer. Actor Zachary Quinto later stated that these reports were untrue. Writer Lindelof, who is also a producer, compared the sequel to The Dark Knight. Abrams, Kurtzman, and Orci stated that selecting a villain was hard, with Abrams saying that "the universe Roddenberry created is so vast that it's hard to say one particular thing stands out". The interview also saw them discuss the possibility of Khan Noonien Singh and Klingons. Kurtzman and Lindelof stated that they had "broken" the story (created an outline) and rather than being a sequel, it will act as a stand alone film. Abrams admitted in December 2010 that there was still no script.
In January 2011, Abrams, who was still not attached to direct, reported that he had not decided whether or not he was directing the sequel, citing that he had still not seen a script.Paramount Pictures then approached Abrams and requested the sequel be in 3D. Abrams stated the film would not be filmed in native 3D, but rather shot in 2D on film, and then be converted into 3D in post production. Abrams also expressed interest in shooting the film in the IMAX format, saying, "IMAX is my favorite format; I’m a huge fan." In February, Orci posted on his Twitter that he (and Lindelof and Kurtzman) aimed to deliver the script in March 2011. Though the script was not finished at the time, Paramount began financing pre-production. Similar circumstances on the next Jack Ryan film meant that Chris Pine would film the Star Trek sequel first. By April, Orci revealed at WonderCon that the film's first draft of the script had been completed. Abrams reported to MTV that once he finished work on his film Super 8, he would be turning his full attention to the Trek sequel. Though a script was completed, uncertainty regarding the extent of Abrams' involvement led to the film being pushed back six months from its June 2012 release date. In June, Abrams confirmed his next project would be the sequel, also mentioning that he would prefer the film to be good than be ready by its set release date.Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty, stated in an interview that he believed filming would begin in the last few months of the year. Abrams stated he would be prioritizing the film's story and characters above an early release date. In September, Abrams officially signed on to direct the film, with the cast from the previous film reprising their respective roles and that a Winter 2012 or Summer 2013 release date was intended. In October, Orci reported that location scouting was underway and a series of comic books, of which Orci will act as creative director, will "foreshadow" the film. The film was given a revised release date and pushed to a 2013 slot.Michael Giacchino confirmed he would return to score the film.
Actor Benicio del Toro had reportedly been sought for the role of the villain and had met with Abrams to discuss the role. He later bowed out. In 2011, actress Alice Eve signed on for a role, and so had Peter Weller. Actor Noel Clarke was signed up for an unknown role, reported to be "a family man with a wife and young daughter".Demián Bichir also auditioned for the villain role but as reported by Variety on January 4, 2012, Benedict Cumberbatch had been cast in the role of the villain in the film.
The film began principal photography on January 12, 2012, with a scheduled release date of May 16, 2013. Sequences of the film were also filmed using IMAX cameras. About 30 minutes of the film is shot in IMAX. The film was released in 3D. On February 24, 2012, images from the set surfaced depicting Benedict Cumberbatch's character engaged in a fight with Spock.Edgar Wright directed a shot in the film. Filming completed in May 2012.
Filming took place on location in Los Angeles, California, and around the area at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore. Additional locations included Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, and the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove.
On September 10, 2012, Paramount confirmed the film's title as Star Trek Into Darkness. J. J. Abrams had indicated that unlike some of the earlier films in the franchise, his second Star Trek would not include a number in its title. The decision was made to avoid repeating the sequel numbering that started with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, or making a confusing jump from Star Trek to Star Trek 12. Writer and producer Damon Lindelof addressed his team's struggle to settle upon a title, stating "there have been more conversations about what we're going to call it than went into actually shooting it. […] There’s no word that comes after the colon after Star Trek that’s cool. Not that Star Trek: Insurrection or First Contact aren’t good titles, it’s just that everything that people are turned off about when it comes to Trek is represented by the colon." Of all the titles proposed, Lindelof joked that he preferred Star Trek: Transformers 4 best "because it's technically available."
Composer Michael Giacchino scored the film's incidental music. It is Giacchino's fourth film collaboration with director J. J. Abrams, which also includes 2009's Star Trek. Recording sessions for the film's score took place at the Sony Scoring Stage in Culver City, California from between March 5 to April 3, 2013. The soundtrack album was released digitally on May 14, 2013 and will be made available physically on May 28, 2013 through Varèse Sarabande. It contains the original Star Trek theme by Alexander Courage and Gene Roddenberry.
On April 24, 2013 it was announced that British singer Bo Bruce and Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol had collaborated on a song for the film's soundtrack, entitled "The Rage That's In Us All". Australian songwriter and producer, Robert Conley co-wrote a track for the film with Penelope Austin entitled "The Dark Collide".
On May 10, 2013, Cho, Pegg, and Eve were interviewed on the Bob Rivers Show to promote the movie. Show host Bob Rivers asked about the title: "The title Star Trek Into Darkness indicates some sort of ominous turn, obviously."
Eve suggested that Simon Pegg discuss the theme of terrorism, and Pegg obliged: "I think it's a very current film, and it reflects certain things that are going on in our own heads at the moment; this idea that our enemy might be walking among us, not necessarily on the other side of an ocean, you know. John Harrison, Benedict Cumberbatch's character, is ambiguous, you know? We [the characters in the film] don't know who to support. Sometimes, Kirk, he seems to be acting in exactly the same way as him [Harrison]. They're both motivated by revenge. And the Into Darkness in the title is less an idea of this new trend of po-faced, kind of, everything's-got-to-be-a-bit-dour treatments of essentially childish stories. It's more about Kirk's indecision."
John Cho agreed about the characterization of Captain Kirk: "It's his crisis of leadership."
Dolby Laboratories and Paramount Pictures announced Star Trek Into Darkness would be released in Dolby Atmos, with Andy Nelson and Anna Behlmer handling the mix under the supervision of Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood. The film was ultimately released on May 9, 2013 in international markets and May 16, 2013 in the United States.
Director J. J. Abrams debuted three frames of the film on Conan on October 4, 2012, showing what he described as Spock "in a volcano, in this crazy suit". The official poster for the film was released two months later on December 3, 2012, showing a mysterious figure, thought to be Benedict Cumberbatch's villain, standing atop a pile of burning rubble looking over what appears to be a damaged London. He is standing in a hole in the shape of the Starfleet insignia blown out of the side of a building.
Roughly nine minutes of film footage of the opening sequence was shown prior to IMAX presentations of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which was released in the US on December 14, 2012. Alice Eve together with Cumberbatch and Burk unveiled the IMAX prologue in London, England on December 14, 2012.
A two-minute teaser was released in iTunes Movie Trailers on December 17, 2012. This teaser also marked the beginning of a viral marketing campaign, with a hidden link directing fans to a movie-related website. A 30-second teaser premiered February 3, 2013, during the temporary stadium blackout of Super Bowl XLVII. That same day, Paramount released apps for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone that enabled users to unlock tickets for showtimes two days prior to the film's initial release date.
An international trailer was released on March 21, 2013 with an embedded URL simultaneously revealing an exclusive online-only international poster. On April 8, Paramount released the final international one-sheet featuring solely Benedict Cumberbatch's character.
On March 24, 2013 at 9.30 pm a swarm of 30 mini-quadrotors equipped with LED lights drew the Star Trek logo over London. This choreography marked the beginning of the Paramount UK marketing campaign for Star Trek Into Darkness. It was coordinated with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Earth Hour event and was performed and developed by Ars Electronica Futurelab from Linz (Austria) in cooperation with Ascending Technologies from Munich (Germany).
On April 12, 2013, iTunes Movie Trailers revealed the final domestic one-sheet featuring the USS Enterprise, and announced that the final US domestic trailer would be released on April 16. In the days leading up to the trailer release, character posters featuring the characters Kirk, Spock, Uhura and John Harrison, were also released on iTunes.
Paramount attempted to broaden the appeal of the film for international audiences, an area where Star Trek and science fiction films had generally performed poorly.
The film was dedicated to post-9/11 veterans. This is due to director J. J. Abrams' connection to The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization that serves as a framework for United States military veterans to do community service work when they return home from overseas. A section of the film's official website is dedicated to The Mission Continues.
Many members of the cast worked hard to promote the film in May 2013.
On May 7, Simon Pegg appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. On May 8, Zachary Quinto was interviewed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon; he was followed on May 10 by Benedict Cumberbatch, who confessed to Fallon that his fans are called 'Cumberbitches' (Fallon mourned that his own followers are merely called FalPals) and by Zoe Saldana on May 17. Saldana said that she lobbied Abrams for four years: "If we make a sequel, Uhura needs to kick ass." On May 9, Cumberbatch appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.
On May 10, John Cho, Simon Pegg, and Alice Eve spoke live on radio for an interview on the Bob Rivers Show. They discussed such topics as approaching a body of work already mastered by an earlier generation of actors, and they agreed that they would stay with the franchise as long as it lasted. That night, Chris Pine appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman; Letterman showed a gag reel of robots in a black-and-white film before showing a real clip from the movie. Pine told an anecdote about having to gain weight for the part of Captain Kirk.
One anecdote recounted by cast members during the promotion was an on-set prank initially devised by Pegg, which he later noted as growing out of proportion and eventually focused on Benedict Cumberbatch: while filming at the National Ignition Facility, the cast and crew tricked Cumberbatch into believing there was "ambient radiation" in the location and that he had to wear "neutron cream" to avoid getting burnt by it.
The film has received positive critical reception, with critics saying it was a "rousing adventure" and "a riveting action-adventure in space". The Rotten Tomatoes rating was 86% positive, with an average score of 7.5. The site described the film as "visually spectacular and suitably action packed, Star Trek Into Darkness is a rock-solid installment in the venerable sci-fi franchise, even if it's not as fresh as its predecessor". On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 73 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable" reviews from 41 critics.
Not all of the reviews were positive, however, with the British national newspaper The Independent saying that the film would "underwhelm even the Trekkies." American film critic Lou Lumenick of the New York Post gave the movie one and a half stars out of a possible four and said it had a "limp plot" and the "special effects are surprisingly cheesy for a big-budget event movie." A. O. Scott, while praising the cast including Quinto and Cumberbatch, dismissed the film in The New York Times, writing, "It's uninspired hackwork, and the frequent appearance of blue lens flares does not make this movie any more of a personal statement."
Christian Blauvelt from website Hollywood.com has criticised the casting of Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness as being "whitewashed into oblivion". There have been similar accusations of "whitewashing" by fans and American Sikhs.
The film earned $31.7 million from seven foreign markets on its first weekend, which was far superior to what its predecessor managed due to stronger marketing efforts in those regions. It earned $13.5 million on its opening day in the United States, much lower than Star Trek's $30.9 million, but this was likely due to the confusion caused by a last minute release date alteration. The film went on to earn $22 million the following Friday, also lower than what its predecessor had earned four years before ($26 million). It earned $70.6 million in its opening weekend, which equated to $84.1 million with the early showing grosses included. Paramount were disappointed with this as, although the film was number one at the box office, it failed to reach their expectations of an opening weekend north of $100 million. To date, the film has earned $164.6 million worldwide.
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