Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) Blu Ray|
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.from£6.09 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play The year&39;s best-rated blockbuster is nothing short of "spectacular" (Empire) When a ruthless mastermind known as Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) declares a one-man war on the Federation Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the daring crew of the USS Enterprise set out on their most explosive manhunt of all time It will take everything in their arsenal to defend Earth and eliminate Khan&39;s deadly threat in JJ Abrams&39; "exhilarating belter of a blockbuster" (The Sun) Actors Chris Pine Zachary Quinto Anton Yelchin Benedict Cumberbatch Zoe Saldana Alice Eve Simon Pegg Karl Urban John Cho Peter Weller Nazneen Contractor Joseph Gatt Tom Archdeacon & Nolan North Director JJ Abrams Certificate 12 years and over Year 2013 Screen 2401 Languages English - DTS-HD Master Audio (71) Additional Languages French ; Italian ; Spanish ; English Audio Description Subtitles English ; English for the hearing impaired ; Danish ; Dutch ; Finnish ; French ; Italian ; Norwegian ; Spanish ; Swedish Closed Captions Yes Duration 2 hours and 12 minutes (approx)
Sequel to the 2009 Academy Award-winning spin-off of the classic 1960s sci-fi adventure series. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are called back to Earth after a devastating force from within their organisation leaves the planet in chaos and Starfleet in pieces. Determined to settle the score, Kirk embarks on a manhunt with the rest of his crew including Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) to find the party responsible before their whole world is laid to waste.
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Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) [Region Free]George Orton
JJ Abrams' first Star Trek movie was a pleasant surprise back in 2009 - a reboot of the classic sci-fi series that managed to stay true to the essence of the original characters, while also recasting them and changing certain details of their story. It had a pretty conventional heroes-vs-villain plot, but that wasn't really the point: its greatest success was in taking those old 1960s characters, dusting them off, giving them a coat of fresh paint and making them attractive and accessible again for 21st-century viewers.
So where does Abrams go from there? The answer is bigger, bolder, and better. Because Star Trek Into Darkness manages to overcome its one major weakness (that terrible title!) to provide a story that's more emotionally engaging, more unpredictable, and more complex than its predecessor - even if it still can't quite bring itself to sever its ties to the "old" Star Trek completely.
Opening with a breathtakingly energetic and exciting action sequence (that reminded me of the first scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark with its sheer sense of fun and adventure - yes, it's that good), the film immediately sets out its stall as a big, colourful, imaginative and action-packed sci-fi actioner. While that might be quite a different tone to the more sedate Star Trek series of old, it makes for a hugely enjoyable movie that always seems to have the desire to entertain its audience as its first and foremost concern.
However, that's not to say that Star Trek Into Darkness hasn't got room for occasional more serious moments too. The plot revolves around a simmering "Cold War" style conflict between Starfleet and the Klingon empire, and features plenty of political intrigue and double-crossing. And at the same time, the major villain of the piece, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (and whose name I won't reveal here in case it spoils it for anyone who hasn't heard it yet - as it refers to something significant from the "old" Star Trek), has a legitimate grudge against Starfleet that poses some difficult moral questions, and ones that are surprisingly relevant to certain real-world conflicts in recent years, helping to give the film a relevance that goes beyond its fantastical, fictional universe.
That said, around 90% of this film is about delivering thrills, action and spectacle, and JJ Abrams pulls this all off in spades. With an ensemble cast that feels noticeably more confident after finding their feet with the characters in the first movie (especially Zachary Quinto, who was simply born to play Spock, and really grows into the role here), Abrams can concentrate all his energies on some truly dazzling setpieces.
These include an amazing underwater Enterprise lift-off; a thrilling and spooky clandestine descent into Klingon territory; a warp-speed chase between the Enterprise and an even bigger starship; and a heart-in-mouth scene in which Kirk and Cumberbatch's villain get fired a long distance through the vacuum of space from one ship to another wearing little more than spacesuits (with echoes of a similarly tense and gripping scene from James Cameron's The Abyss). It's all incredibly entertaining, and it moves so fast that it's impossible to take your eyes off it for a moment. And even the comic relief of Simon Pegg's Scotty - which I found a little grating in the first film - feels more natural here, and the character actually gets some decent dramatic moments to go with the laughs.
All in all, it's a tremendously fun sci-fi adventure movie, with cutting-edge special effects that look amazing on Blu-Ray, and which manages to weave some slightly more intelligent ideas among its crowd-pleasing, popcorn-blockbuster moments. If JJ Abrams can do half as good a job reinvigorating the Star Wars franchise as he has with Star Trek, sci-fi fans could be in for quite a treat indeed over the next few years.
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