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Star Trek
Star Trek
Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film directed by J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
and written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof.[4] It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek film franchise and the sequel to the 2009 film Star Trek, as the second in a rebooted film series. The film features Chris Pine reprising his role as Captain James T. Kirk, with Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, and Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy
reprising their roles from the previous film. Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve
Alice Eve
and Peter Weller
Peter Weller
are also credited in the film's principal cast. It was the last time Nimoy would portray the character of Spock
Spock
before his death in 2015. Set in the 23rd century, Kirk and the crew of USS Enterprise are sent to the Klingon
Klingon
homeworld seeking former Starfleet
Starfleet
member-turned terrorist John Harrison. After the release of Star Trek, Abrams, Burk, Lindelof, Kurtzman, and Orci agreed to produce its sequel. Filming began in January 2012. Into Darkness's visual effects were primarily created by Industrial Light & Magic. The film was converted to 3D during its post-production stage. Star Trek
Star Trek
Into Darkness premiered at Event Cinemas
Event Cinemas
in Sydney, Australia, on April 23, 2013,[5] and was released on May 9 in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Peru,[6] with other countries following. The film was released on May 17 in the United States
United States
and Canada, opening at IMAX
IMAX
cinemas a day earlier.[7][8] Into Darkness was a financial success and received positive reviews from critics. Its gross earnings of over $467 million worldwide have made it the highest-grossing entry in the Star Trek
Star Trek
franchise. At the 86th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Visual Effects. It was followed by Star Trek
Star Trek
Beyond in 2016.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast

2.1 Supporting cast and cameos

3 Production

3.1 Development 3.2 Filming 3.3 Title 3.4 Music

4 Themes 5 Distribution

5.1 Marketing 5.2 Promotional tours

6 Release

6.1 Box office 6.2 Critical reception 6.3 Accolades

7 Home media 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Plot[edit] In 2259, Captain James T. Kirk
James T. Kirk
is removed from command of the starship USS Enterprise for violating the Prime Directive after exposing the ship to the primitive inhabitants of the planet Nibiru in order to save them, and Spock, from a cataclysmic volcanic eruption. Admiral Christopher Pike is reinstated as commanding officer with Kirk demoted to the rank of Commander and first officer. Commander Spock
Spock
is transferred to another ship. Shortly after, the Section 31 installation in London
London
is bombed, perpetrated by renegade Starfleet operative John Harrison. Harrison attacks Starfleet
Starfleet
Headquarters in a jumpship during an emergency meeting about the situation, killing Pike and other senior officers. Kirk disables the jumpship, but Harrison transports to Kronos, homeworld of the hostile Klingons. Admiral Alexander Marcus reinstates Kirk and Spock
Spock
to Enterprise with orders to kill Harrison using a new long range stealth photon torpedo. Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott objects to allowing untested torpedoes on board the ship without knowing their specifications; when he is overruled, he resigns. Kirk assigns Pavel Chekov
Pavel Chekov
to replace Scotty. En route to Kronos, Enterprise's warp capabilities become disabled. Kirk leads a team with Spock
Spock
and Uhura
Uhura
onto the planet in a small landing craft, where they are ambushed by Klingon
Klingon
patrols who order them to land. Uhura
Uhura
leaves the landing craft to talk to the Klingons. They decide to kill Uhura, but Harrison kills them. After the battle, Harrison demands that Kirk tell him the number of torpedoes on board the Enterprise, surrendering when Spock
Spock
tells him. Dr. Leonard McCoy
Leonard McCoy
and Marcus's daughter, Dr. Carol Marcus, open a torpedo at Harrison's behest, revealing a man in cryogenic stasis. Upon further investigation, all the other experimental torpedoes are revealed to similarly contain cryogenically frozen humans. Harrison is taken to the ship's brig, where he reveals his true identity as Khan, a genetically engineered superhuman awoken by Admiral Marcus from centuries of suspended animation to develop advanced weapons. Khan reveals that Marcus sabotaged Enterprise's warp drive, intending for the Klingons to destroy the ship after it fired on Kronos, creating an act of war by the Klingon
Klingon
Empire. Khan also gives Kirk a set of coordinates. Kirk contacts Scotty on Earth and asks him to investigate. Scotty discovers the coordinates lead to a covert Starfleet
Starfleet
facility near Jupiter. Enterprise is intercepted by a much larger Starfleet
Starfleet
warship, USS Vengeance, commanded by Admiral Marcus. Marcus demands that Kirk deliver Khan, but Enterprise flees to Earth to expose him. After Vengeance disables Enterprise near the Moon, Carol reveals her presence aboard the ship. Marcus forcibly transports Carol to Vengeance before ordering Enterprise's destruction. Kirk offers Khan and himself for the lives of his crew, but Marcus rejects Kirk's offer, revealing he never intended to spare them and ordering Vengeance to attack. Vengeance suddenly loses power after being sabotaged by Scotty, who infiltrated the ship. With transporters down, Kirk and Khan, with the latter's knowledge of the warship's design, space-jump to Vengeance. Spock
Spock
contacts his older self, who warns that Khan is ruthless and cannot be trusted and that he was only defeated at a terrible cost. After capturing the bridge, Khan overpowers Kirk, Scott and Carol, kills Marcus, and takes control of Vengeance. Khan demands that Spock
Spock
return his crew in exchange for the Enterprise officers. Spock
Spock
complies but surreptitiously removes Khan's frozen crew from the torpedoes and arms the warheads. Khan beams Kirk, Scott and Carol aboard Enterprise, but betrays their agreement by attacking Enterprise; however, Vengeance is disabled when the torpedoes detonate. With both starships caught in Earth's gravity, they plummet toward the surface. Kirk enters the radioactive reactor chamber to realign the warp core, sacrificing himself to save the ship. Khan crashes the Vengeance into downtown San Francisco
San Francisco
in an attempt to destroy Starfleet
Starfleet
headquarters. Khan escapes the wreckage so Spock transports down in pursuit. McCoy discovers that Khan's blood has regenerative properties that may save Kirk. Spock
Spock
pursues Khan through the city and is about to kill him, but Uhura
Uhura
stops him. Khan's blood revives Kirk. One year later, Kirk speaks at Enterprise's re-dedication ceremony. Khan is sealed in his cryogenic pod and stored with his compatriots. The Enterprise crew embarks on a five-year exploratory mission. Cast[edit]

Chris Pine
Chris Pine
as Captain James T. Kirk, commanding officer of the starship Enterprise Zachary Quinto
Zachary Quinto
as Commander Spock, first officer and science officer Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
as John Harrison / Khan, a superhuman genetically engineered during the Eugenics Wars Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg
as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, second officer and chief engineer Karl Urban
Karl Urban
as Lieutenant Commander Leonard "Bones" McCoy M.D., chief medical officer Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana
as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, communications officer Alice Eve
Alice Eve
as Lieutenant Carol Marcus,[9] a science officer who uses the pseudonym "Carol Wallace" to board Enterprise John Cho
John Cho
as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, third officer and helmsman Peter Weller
Peter Weller
as Fleet Admiral Alexander Marcus, Carol's father, commander-in-chief of Starfleet, and a secret warmonger Anton Yelchin
Anton Yelchin
as Ensign Pavel Chekov, navigator and Scott's temporary replacement as chief engineer Bruce Greenwood
Bruce Greenwood
as Admiral Christopher Pike, Kirk's mentor and previous captain of Enterprise[10]

Supporting cast and cameos[edit]

Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy
as the original incarnation of Spock.[11] This would be Nimoy's final acting performance; he died nearly two years after its release, aged 83. Noel Clarke
Noel Clarke
as Thomas Harewood, a Starfleet
Starfleet
officer working in Section 31, who is extorted by Khan into bombing the facility Nazneen Contractor as Rima Harewood, Thomas's wife Christopher Doohan (son of James Doohan) as Transporter officer Amanda Foreman as Ensign Brackett Jay Scully as Lieutenant Chapin Jonathan Dixon as Ensign Froman Aisha Hinds
Aisha Hinds
as Navigation Officer Darwin Joseph Gatt
Joseph Gatt
as Science Officer 0718 Bill Hader
Bill Hader
as the computer of USS Vengeance (voice) Deep Roy
Deep Roy
as Keenser, Scotty's assistant Sean Blakemore as a Klingon Anjini Taneja Azhar as Lucille Harewood, Thomas's terminally ill daughter[12] Nolan North
Nolan North
as a Vengeance helmsman[13] Heather Langenkamp[14][15] as Moto

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth
and Jennifer Morrison
Jennifer Morrison
were credited for their archive footage of George Kirk and Winona Kirk. Production[edit] Development[edit] In June 2008, it was reported that Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
was interested in signing producers of the 2009 Star Trek
Star Trek
J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci
Roberto Orci
for a sequel.[16] In March 2009, it was reported that these five producers had agreed to produce the film, with a script again written by Orci and Kurtzman (with the addition of Lindelof). A preliminary script was said to be completed by Christmas 2009 for a 2011 release.[17][18] Kurtzman and Orci began writing the script in June 2009, originally intending to split the film into two parts.[19] Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock who plays an older version of the character in the 2009 film, said he would not appear in the film.[20] Abrams was reportedly considering William Shatner
William Shatner
for the sequel.[21] By 2010, a release date of June 29, 2012, was set,[22] with Lindelof announcing he had begun working on the script with Kurtzman and Orci.[23] Pre-production was set for January 2011, although Burk said actual filming would probably begin during the spring or summer.[24] Actor Zachary Quinto
Zachary Quinto
later said that these reports were untrue.[25] Lindelof compared the sequel to The Dark Knight.[26] Abrams, Kurtzman, and Orci said that selecting a villain was difficult; according to Abrams, "the universe Roddenberry created is so vast that it's hard to say one particular thing stands out". They also discussed the possibility of Khan Noonien Singh
Khan Noonien Singh
and Klingons.[27] Kurtzman and Lindelof said they had "broken" the story (created an outline); instead of a sequel, it will be a stand-alone film.[28] Abrams admitted in December 2010 that there was still no script.[29]

Cast members at the film's Australian premiere in April 2013 (left to right: Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, director J.J. Abrams, and Chris Pine)

In January 2011, Abrams said he had not decided whether or not he would direct, since he had not yet seen a script.[30] Paramount Pictures then approached him, asking that the sequel be in 3D.[31] Abrams said that the film would not be shot in 3D, but filmed in 2D and converted during post-production.[32] He was also interested in filming in IMAX: " IMAX
IMAX
is my favorite format; I’m a huge fan."[32] In February, Orci tweeted that he (with Lindelof and Kurtzman) planned to deliver the script in March 2011.[33] Although the script was not finished on schedule, Paramount began financing pre-production;[34] similar circumstances on the next Jack Ryan film meant that Chris Pine would film the Star Trek
Star Trek
sequel first.[35] By April, Orci said at WonderCon
WonderCon
that the script's first draft had been completed.[36] Abrams told MTV
MTV
that when he finished his film, Super 8, he would turn his full attention to the Trek sequel.[37] Although a script was completed, uncertainty regarding the extent of Abrams's involvement led to the film's being pushed back six months from its scheduled June 2012 release.[38]Other factors which precluded the release, ending up pushing it further back were the high budget and overall difficulty of finding actors to fit the roles. In June, Abrams confirmed that his next project would be the sequel, noting that he would rather the film be good than ready by its scheduled release date.[39] Simon Pegg, who played Scotty, said in an interview that he thought filming would begin during the latter part of the year.[40] Abrams stated he would prioritize the film's story and characters over an early release date.[41] In September, Abrams agreed to direct the film, with the cast from the previous film reprising their respective roles for a winter 2012 or summer 2013 release.[42] In October, Orci said that location scouting was underway, and a comic book series (of which Orci would be creative director) would "foreshadow" the film.[43] Into Darkness was given a revised release date of 2013,[44] and Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino
confirmed that he would return to write the score.[45] Lindelof said that Khan was considered a character they needed to use at some point, given that "he has such an intense gravity in the Trek universe, we likely would have expended more energy NOT putting him in this movie than the other way around." References to Star Trek
Star Trek
II: The Wrath of Khan were eventually added to the script, but Lindelof, Orci, and Kurtzman "were ever wary of the line between 'reimagined homage' and 'direct ripoff'."[11] Orci and Kurtzman said they wanted a film which would work on its own and as a sequel, not using ideas from previous Star Trek
Star Trek
works simply "because you think people are going to love it". Orci noted that when trying to create the "gigantic imagery" required by a summer blockbuster, Kurtzman suggested a scene where Enterprise rose from the ocean. With that as a starting point they (and Lindelof) came up with the cold open in Nibiru, which blended action and comedy and was isolated from the main story in an homage to Raiders of the Lost Ark.[46] Actor Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
had reportedly been sought as the villain, and had met with Abrams to discuss the role;[47] however, he later bowed out. In 2011, Alice Eve
Alice Eve
and Peter Weller
Peter Weller
agreed to their roles.[48][49] Doctor Who
Doctor Who
actor Noel Clarke
Noel Clarke
agreed to an unknown role, reported to be "a family man with a wife and young daughter".[50] Demián Bichir
Demián Bichir
auditioned for the villain role, but as reported by Variety on January 4, 2012, Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
was cast.[51] Filming[edit] Into Darkness began principal photography on January 12, 2012, with a scheduled release date of May 16, 2013. Cinematographer Dan Mindel shot the film using a combination of anamorphic 35mm film
35mm film
and 15 perforation IMAX
IMAX
cameras.[52][53] About 30 minutes of the film is shot in the IMAX
IMAX
format,[54] while some other scenes were also shot on 8 perforation 65mm.[52] Into Darkness was released in 3D. On February 24, 2012, images from the set surfaced of Benedict Cumberbatch's character in a fight with Spock.[55][56] Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright
directed one shot in the film.[57] Production ended in May 2012.[58] Filming was done on location in Los Angeles, California, and around the area at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
in Livermore. Additional locations included Paramount Studios
Paramount Studios
in Hollywood, Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, the Crystal Cathedral
Crystal Cathedral
in Garden Grove, and the Greystone Mansion
Greystone Mansion
in Beverly Hills. Some shots were made in Iceland.[59][60][61] Marc Okrand, the developer of the Klingon
Klingon
language, provided the Klingon
Klingon
dialogues with on-set coaching from constructed language experts. The dialogue did not make cohesive sense following editing and so new dialogue was constructed and dubbed during post production.[62] Title[edit] On September 10, 2012, Paramount confirmed the film's title as Star Trek Into Darkness.[63][64][65] Abrams had indicated that unlike some of the earlier films in the franchise, his second Star Trek
Star Trek
would not include a number in its title.[66] This decision was made to avoid repeating the sequel numbering which began with Star Trek
Star Trek
II: The Wrath of Khan, or making a confusing jump from Star Trek
Star Trek
to Star Trek 12.[66] Lindelof addressed the team's struggle to agree on a title: "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
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".[67] Of the titles proposed, he joked that he preferred Star Trek: Transformers 4 best because the title is "technically available".[67] Music[edit] Main article: Star Trek
Star Trek
Into Darkness (soundtrack) Composer Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino
composed the film's incidental music.[68] Into Darkness was Giacchino's fourth film collaboration with Abrams, which included Star Trek
Star Trek
(2009). The film score was recorded at the Sony Scoring Stage in Culver City, California from March 5 to April 3, 2013.[69] Its soundtrack album was released digitally on May 14, 2013, and was made available on May 28 through Varèse Sarabande.[70] The score contains the original Star Trek
Star Trek
theme by Alexander Courage. On April 24, 2013, it was announced that British singer Bo Bruce
Bo Bruce
and Irish songwriter Gary Lightbody
Gary Lightbody
of Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol
had collaborated on a song for the film's soundtrack entitled "The Rage That's In Us All".[71] Australian songwriter and producer Robert Conley co-wrote a track with Penelope Austin, "The Dark Collide".[72] An expanded soundtrack album was released on July 28, 2014, limited to 6,000 copies.[73] Themes[edit] On May 10, 2013, Cho, Pegg, and Eve were interviewed on The Bob Rivers Show to promote the film. Rivers asked about the title: "The title Star Trek
Star Trek
Into Darkness indicates some sort of ominous turn, obviously". Eve suggested that 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." Cho agreed about the characterization of Captain Kirk: "It's his crisis of leadership."[74] The pivotal scene near the end when Kirk enters the reactor chamber serves as a role reversal of a similar pivotal scene in Star Trek
Star Trek
II: The Wrath of Khan.[75] Originally conceived as a retelling of Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad, Kurtzman and Orci defined the main theme of Into Darkness as "how far will we go to exact vengeance and justice on an enemy that scares us. How far should we go from our values?" They added that running from personal values is a personal struggle, where "the enemy’s blood is within us; we are the enemy. We must not succumb to it; we are the same."[46] Distribution[edit] Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories
and Paramount announced that Star Trek
Star Trek
Into Darkness would be released in Dolby Atmos, with Andy Nelson and Anna Behlmer handling the mix with supervision from Ben Burtt
Ben Burtt
and Matthew Wood.[76][77] The film was released on May 9, 2013, in international markets and May 16, 2013, in the United States. Marketing[edit] As part of a contest Abrams designed after the release of Super 8 (2011), the prize for answering a series of questions would be walk-on roles for two people in Into Darkness.[78] He debuted three frames of the film on Conan on October 4, 2012, showing what he described as Spock
Spock
"in a volcano, in this crazy suit".[79] 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 on a pile of burning rubble looking over what appears to be a damaged London;[80][81] he is standing in a hole in the shape of the Starfleet
Starfleet
insignia, blown out of the side of a building.[82] About nine minutes of the opening sequence was shown before IMAX presentations of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which was released in the United States
United States
on December 14, 2012.[83] Alice Eve, Cumberbatch, and Burk unveiled the IMAX
IMAX
prologue in London, England on December 14. A two-minute teaser was released in iTunes Movie Trailers on December 17. The teaser 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 stadium blackout of Super Bowl XLVII.[84] The same day, Paramount released apps for Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone which enabled users to unlock tickets for showtimes two days before the film's release date.[85][86] An international trailer was released on March 21, 2013, with an embedded URL revealing an online-only international poster. On April 8, Paramount released the final international one-sheet featuring solely Benedict Cumberbatch's character.[87] On March 24, 2013, at 9:30 pm a swarm of 30 mini-quadrotors equipped with LED lights drew the Star Trek
Star Trek
logo over London.[88] This choreography marked the beginning of the Paramount UK marketing campaign for Star Trek
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).[89] On April 12, 2013, iTunes Movie Trailers revealed the final domestic one-sheet featuring 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 Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Harrison were released on iTunes.[90] Paramount attempted to broaden the film's appeal to international audiences, an area where Star Trek
Star Trek
and other science-fiction films had generally performed poorly.[91] Into Darkness was dedicated to post-9/11 veterans.[92] J.J. Abrams is connected with The Mission
Mission
Continues, and a section of the film's website is dedicated to that organization. Promotional tours[edit] The cast (except for Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, and Peter Weller) participated in May 2013 press junkets. On May 7, Pegg appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. On May 8, Quinto was interviewed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[93] He was followed on May 10 by Cumberbatch (who told Fallon that his fans are called "Cumberbitches"; Fallon countered that his are called "FalPals")[94] and on May 17 by Saldana. Saldana said that she lobbied Abrams for four years: "If we make a sequel, Uhura
Uhura
needs to kick ass".[95] On May 9, Cumberbatch appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.[96] On May 10, Cho, Pegg, and Eve had a radio interview on The Bob Rivers Show. They discussed approaching a body of work already mastered by an earlier generation of actors, agreeing that they would remain with the franchise as long as it lasted.[97] That night, Chris Pine
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 clip from Into Darkness. Pine said that he had to gain weight for the role of Captain Kirk.[98] One story told by cast members during the promotion concerned an on-set prank initially devised by Pegg, which he later noted grew out of proportion. While filming at the National Ignition Facility, Pegg and Pine (with the crew's help) tricked the arriving actors into believing there was "ambient radiation" at the location and they had to wear "neutron cream" to avoid being burned by it.[99][100] Cumberbatch was tricked into signing a release (which was meant to give the joke away, but he signed it without reading it),[101] while Urban and Cho were tricked into recording a public service announcement about the necessity for neutron cream.[102] On May 13, Abrams appeared on The Daily Show
The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart,[103] and on May 16, Pine appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[104] On May 14, Abrams, Zachary Quinto, Pine, and Alice Eve
Alice Eve
appeared on The Urgant Show (Russian: Вечерний Ургант) in Russia. Release[edit] Box office[edit] Into Darkness earned $13.5 million on its opening day in the United States and Canada, lower than Star Trek's $30.9 million. The film earned $22 million the following Friday, also lower than its predecessor's earnings four years earlier ($26 million).[105] It earned $70.6 million during its opening weekend, finishing in the US box-office top spot (above The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3). Total weekend earnings were $84.1 million, including the early-showing grosses. Although these were lower than Paramount's projected box-office earnings, studio vice-chairman Rob Moore said he was "extremely pleased" with the sequel's performance.[106] Several weeks after release, the film grossed $147 million at the foreign box office, surpassing the lifetime international earnings of its predecessor.[107] Into Darkness reached the top spot of China's box office with a $25.8 million gross, tripling the overall earnings of the previous film during its opening weekend.[108] Star Trek Into Darkness ended its North American theatrical run on September 12, 2013, with a box office total of $228,778,661, which places it as the 11th highest-grossing film for 2013.[109] It earned $467,365,246 worldwide, ranking it in 14th place for 2013, and making it the highest-grossing film of the franchise.[4] Scott Mendelson of Forbes
Forbes
contends that the film's box office performance was the result of Paramount's inability to sell the basic components of the film’s story, and inclusion of Khan "for little reason other than marketability and then spent the next year or so lying to everyone and claiming said villain wasn’t in the picture... With no added value elements to sell, Paramount was forced to craft a generic campaign based around Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
as "Generic Bad Guy", so the excitement never took hold... This was adding to the idea that merely withholding basic story elements is tantamount to promising stunning plot twists... and it made fans and general moviegoers less excited about Star Trek
Star Trek
2 than they were four, three, or even two years ago."[110] Calculating in all expenses, Deadline.com estimated that the film made a profit of $29.9 million.[111] Critical reception[edit] On Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes
the film has an approval rating of 86%, based on 271 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The site's consensus reads, "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."[112] On Metacritic
Metacritic
the film has a score of 72 out of 100, based on 43 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[113] It received an average grade of "A" from market-research firm CinemaScore.[114] Critics called it a "rousing adventure"[115] and "a riveting action-adventure in space".[116] Cumberbatch's performance attracted praise from critics, with Peter Travers of Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
calling it a "tour de force to reckon with" and his character "a villain for the ages".[117] Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News wrote that Cumberbatch delivered "one of the best blockbuster villains in recent memory".[118] Jonathan Romney of The Independent
The Independent
noted Cumberbatch's voice, saying it was "so sepulchrally resonant that it could have been synthesised from the combined timbres of Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
holding an elocution contest down a well".[119] The New York Times
The New York Times
praised his screen presence: "He fuses Byronic charisma with an impatient, imperious intelligence that seems to raise the ambient I.Q. whenever he's on screen".[120] However, not all of reviews were positive; The Independent
The Independent
said the film would "underwhelm even the Trekkies".[121] Lou Lumenick of the New York Post
New York Post
gave the film one-and-a-half stars (out of four), saying it had a "limp plot" and the "special effects are surprisingly cheesy for a big-budget event movie".[122] A.O. Scott dismissed the film in The New York Times: "It's uninspired hackwork, and the frequent appearance of blue lens flares does not make this movie any more of a personal statement".[120] The film was criticized for a scene with actress Alice Eve's character Carol Marcus in her underwear, which was called "wholly unnecessary" and "gratuitous".[123] Screenwriter and producer Damon Lindelof apologized on Twitter
Twitter
for the scene: "I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future".[124] On Conan, Abrams addressed the matter by debuting a deleted scene of actor Benedict Cumberbatch's character Khan taking a shower.[125] Eve addressed the underwear controversy at a 2013 Las Vegas Star Trek
Star Trek
Convention and said, "I didn’t know it would cause such a ruckus. I didn’t feel exploited."[126]

The second one, where Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
played Khan, I thought was unfortunate. Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
is a wonderful actor. I love everything that he’s done, but if he was going to be playing that character, J.J. should have made him an original character that's singular to him. Because the Khan character first appeared in our TV series, "Space Seed" and Ricardo Montalbán
Ricardo Montalbán
was sensational in our second movie – he was the title character, The Wrath of Khan, you know! The other thought that Gene Roddenberry
Gene Roddenberry
always had in the back of his mind — and that was his philosophy — was to embrace the diversity of this planet.

—George Takei, who originated the role of Hikaru Sulu
Hikaru Sulu
and appeared in Star Trek
Star Trek
films and TV episodes[127]

Despite an acclaimed performance from Cumberbatch, Christian Blauvelt of Hollywood.com criticized the casting of the actor as Khan Noonien Singh, saying that the character had been "whitewashed into oblivion", since Khan is an explicitly ethnic character Star Trek
Star Trek
canon (introduced as a Sikh
Sikh
and former ruler of much of eastern Eurasia).[128] There have been similar accusations of whitewashing by fans[129] and American Sikhs,[130] with Star Trek: Voyager actor Garrett Wang
Garrett Wang
tweeting "The casting of Cumberbatch was a mistake on the part of the producers. I am not being critical of the actor or his talent, just the casting".[131] George Takei, the original Hikaru Sulu, was also disappointed with the casting, as he thought it would have been better to cast Cumberbatch not as an established villain like Khan but as a new character.[127] On Trekmovie.com, co-producer and co-screenwriter Bob Orci addressed Khan's casting: "Basically, as we went through the casting process and we began honing in on the themes of the movie, it became uncomfortable for me to support demonizing anyone of color, particularly any one of Middle Eastern descent or anyone evoking that. One of the points of the movie is that we must be careful about the villain within US, not some other race".[132] An in-canon comic book has subsequently been created to retcon Khan's hitherto unexplained change in ethnicity in the film.[133] In an interview with Buzzfeed two years after the film's release, Abrams addressed some of the film's shortcomings. He thought that the dynamic for Kirk and Spock's relationship in the film "wasn’t really clear." For keeping the identity of Khan a secret prior to the film's release, Abrams felt he "was trying to preserve the fun for the audience, and not just tell them something that the characters don’t learn for 45 minutes into the movie, so the audience wouldn’t be so ahead of it." In the end, Abrams recognized that "there were certain things I was unsure of.... Any movie...has a fundamental conversation happening during it. And [for Into Darkness,] I didn’t have it.... [The problems with the plot] was not anyone’s fault but mine, or, frankly, anyone’s problem but mine. [The script] was a little bit of a collection of scenes that were written by my friends.... And yet, I found myself frustrated by my choices, and unable to hang my hat on an undeniable thread of the main story. So then I found myself on that movie basically tap-dancing as well as I could to try and make the sequences as entertaining as possible.... I would never say that I don’t think that the movie ended up working. But I feel like it didn’t work as well as it could have had I made some better decisions before we started shooting."[134] Accolades[edit] Main article: List of accolades received by Star Trek
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Home media[edit] Star Trek
Star Trek
Into Darkness was released as a digital download on August 20, 2013.[135] It was first released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D in the United Kingdom on September 2[136] and in the United States
United States
and Canada on September 10.[137] The retailer Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
has an exclusive edition with a second bonus DVD disc containing 33 minutes of extra features.[citation needed] There is also a Special
Special
Limited Edition Blu-ray set available with a model on a stand of USS Vengeance as seen in this movie.[138] In North America, the release is split into various retailer exclusives. Retailer Best Buy
Best Buy
has an exclusive Blu-ray edition with 30 minutes of additional content,[139] available on disc in Canada, and via streaming service CinemaNow
CinemaNow
in the United States.[citation needed] Target's Blu-ray edition also has 30 minutes of additional content that is different from Best Buy's. Online retailer iTunes' version comes with audio commentary for the film not available in the retailer exclusives.[140] A collection of deleted scenes is available exclusively via the Xbox SmartGlass
Xbox SmartGlass
second-screen app paired with the Xbox Video
Xbox Video
release of the film.[141] The split of the special features between various retailers has attracted criticism from fans. In particular, The Digital Bits' editor Bill Hunt remarked that "taking fully half or more of the disc-based special features created for a major Blu-ray release and casting them to the winds as retailer exclusives, thus forcing your customers to go on an expensive scavenger hunt is, I’m sorry, absolutely outrageous. Seriously, if Paramount is going to treat its Blu-ray customers like this, they should just get out of the business altogether. Or better yet, farm all their titles out to third party licensees who will treat these films and Blu-ray customers in general with greater care and respect."[142] Weeks after posting his article, Hunt himself was invited by Paramount to discuss about the issue of giving away the film's special features to different retail partners. He suggested "[putting] together the true special edition that should have been delivered from the start, with all of the extras that got scattered around to different retailers, including the enhanced audio commentary, plus all-new content just for this release... [and] to consider offering the IMAX
IMAX
version of the film..."[143] This eventually resulted with the release of Star Trek: The Compendium, a box set that includes all of the previously retailer exclusive special features, plus additional features for such as a gag reel, alongside both the theatrical release of Star Trek
Star Trek
(2009) and the IMAX
IMAX
2D version of Star Trek
Star Trek
Into Darkness.[citation needed] Both of Abrams' Star Trek
Star Trek
films were among the first titles released by Paramount for the Ultra HD Blu-ray format, and were widely praised as reference quality titles.[citation needed] See also[edit]

Star Trek
Star Trek
film series List of action films of the 2010s List of films featuring extraterrestrials List of science fiction films of the 2010s

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Films

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Mission: Impossible III (2006, also wrote) Star Trek
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(2009, also produced) Super 8 (2011, also wrote, produced) Star Trek
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Into Darkness (2013, also produced) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, also wrote, produced)

Writer

Taking Care of Business (1990) Regarding Henry
Regarding Henry
(1991) Forever Young (1992) Gone Fishin' (1997) Armageddon (1998) Joy Ride (2001, also produced)

Producer

The Pallbearer
The Pallbearer
(1996) The Suburbans
The Suburbans
(1999) Cloverfield
Cloverfield
(2008) Morning Glory (2010) Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) 10 Cloverfield
Cloverfield
Lane (2016) Star Trek
Star Trek
Beyond (2016) The Cloverfield
Cloverfield
Paradox (2018) Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) Overlord (2018)

Television

Felicity (1998–2002) Alias (2001–2006) Lost (2004–2010) Fringe (2008–2013) Undercovers (2010) Demimonde (TBA)

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Damon Lindelof

Creator

Lost (2004–10) The Leftovers (2014–17)

Writer and Producer

Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Prometheus (2012) World War Z (2013) Star Trek
Star Trek
Into Darkness (2013) Tomorrowland (2015)

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Star Trek
Star Trek
(2009)

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