'Star Trek Into Darkness': What's the verdict?
May 16th, 2013
05:30 PM ET

'Star Trek Into Darkness': What's the verdict?

"Star Trek Into Darkness" has already grossed $3.3 million after Wednesday night and midnight showings, putting it on a path to potentially rake in $100 million by Monday.

Reviews for the film, however, might not help sell tickets for those who are on the fence.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, the follow-up to 2009's "Star Trek" sees Zachary Quinto (Spock), Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zoe Saldana (Uhura) and more back on the Enterprise as they hunt down Benedict Cumberbatch's villainous John Harrison, who claims responsibility for a devastating attack on Earth.

Abrams' "Star Trek" was widely praised, perhaps so much so that his own work set the bar a little too high for his next effort. A number of critics complained that "Into Darkness," while it pushed all of the right buttons, still had something missing. That left many falling into two camps: the unsatisfied, and the thrilled.

In the former category, reviewers walked away from Abrams' "Into Darkness" wanting more:

The New York Times: "[I]t’s hard to emerge from 'Into Darkness' without a feeling of disappointment, even betrayal. ... [I]n his pursuit of blockbuster currency, Mr. Abrams has sacrificed a lot of its idiosyncrasy and, worse, the large-spirited humanism that sustained it. ... 'Star Trek Into Darkness' does not quite stand by itself as a satisfying movie, but then again it doesn’t need to. It is the leg of a journey that has, remarkably, lasted for nearly half a century."

The Hollywood Reporter: "[I]t efficiently delivers what it's built to do, but without style or personality. ... Abrams works in a narrower, less imaginative mode here ... One feels the dedication of a young musician at a recital determined not to make any mistakes, but there's no hint of creative interpretation, personal feelings or the spreading of artistic wings."

Salon: "This is a brawny, mass-audience, popcorn-transmission vehicle ... There’s absolutely nothing wrong with 'Star Trek Into Darkness' – once you understand it as a generic comic-book-style summer flick faintly inspired by some half-forgotten boomer culture thing."

But there were others who found the director's sequel thrilling, and worthy of a summer blockbuster crown:

Entertainment Weekly: "'Into Darkness' is a sleek, thrilling epic that's also a triumphantly witty popcorn morality play. It's everything you could want in a 'Star Trek' movie.

The Washington Post: "[T]he best parts of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' are purely escapist and sensory ... [it] banishes, at least for the moment, the lugubrious mood and sepulchral look that too many comic-book movies mistake for sophistication. All hail an action film that isn’t ashamed to have fun and to be seen doing it, in the dazzling light of day."

Variety: ""Into Darkness' may not boldly go where no 'Trek' adventure has gone before, but getting there is such a well-crafted, immensely pleasurable ride that it would be positively Vulcan to nitpick."

If you've seen "Star Trek Into Darkness," what's your verdict?


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  1. Smarf

    I'm very stubborn when it comes to reboots etc. When Star Trek: The Next Generation came on television I wouldn't watch it because of my love for the original series. Eventually I gave in and loved it, like I did with the rest of the iterations. I was hesitant when the J.J. Abrams reboot was released but enjoyed it thoroughly.

    So without a doubt I think that Into Darkness was the best of all the Star Trek movies.

    May 31, 2013 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • spidyr2k

      Remember the first Trek film....the one about Voyager? I thought it was weak. But "The Wrath of Khan" kicked butt.

      June 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. You started the below issue...thanks

    remember?

    May 26, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda S Peters

      I am an original Star Trek fan....absolutely loved this movie...can't wait for another. It has the original creator's feel...the positive view of a future that mankind will survive and go on to discover in space....the strong bond of friendship between Spock and Kirk ....that people from all races and cultures can and will someday work together in friendship....that life strives to survive no matter what....that all things are connected in surprising ways. Our world has dumped on morals and values but nothing is stronger than the bonds of friendship and love. Star Trek has always tried to offer a mix of reality, fantasy and hope for the future. Love...Love...LOVED it.

      May 30, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. timdevick

    I agree with Syndrome Zed. This is Star Trek in name only. I miss Gene Roddenberry.

    May 26, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • north call

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      May 26, 2013 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • vad

      Each reboot does some things better and some worse. The Star Trek where Vulcan was destroyed was a very entertaining movie that will change the story line, but what the heck is this Red Matter crap? Skip ahead to "Into Darkness" and I have to say that I liked the original Kahn much better. Couldn't they find a Middle Eastern, Asian or Hispanic actor to play a character that clearly comes from a part of the World where he is likely to have brown skin? Also thought the movie was a little predictable and the part where he stood on stage killing everyone who had cover was a little cartoonish. Oh well.

      June 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TD called we want too help

    RINT ALL MY COMMENTS AND CNN FINAL VERSIONS
    HAVE GREAT NIGHT ALL....

    May 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Like how old is the problem with the enterprise...like old news man
    =

    May 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    I know the whole story of the enterprise...the work was wasted...
    hahahaha

    May 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Don't worry its our secret...kay?
    -

    May 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    DoRoberto
    I took the kids and thoroughly enjoyed it as the summer blockbuster JJ Abrams intended it to be, but it wasn't science fiction and it didn't communicate ideas you haven't had before like good science fiction does. If you can enjoy it as a thriller with elements of nostalgia and humor, you're in.

    But Abrams' doesn't like Roddenberry's vision, or at least, he doesn't find it *useful*. Directors like conflict, and they love to use recurring characters and environments because it lifts the twin burdens of characterization and exposition from their shoulders – in essence, it's easier to recycle used characters and used plots than to create new ones. Hence, we have John Harrison, cleverly recycled such that we don't immediately recognize the character.

    Again, most will find the film at least moderately enjoyable, though the adolescent cleverness of some scenes will tempt you to shoot the screenwriters. But many longtime Trek fans will continue to be disappointed that Hollywood has yet to produce a really good Star Trek film.

    May 20, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Produce what? too ellen and jodie?
    move on.

    May 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    Syndrome Zed
    I think you hit the nail on the head. The new movies are decent movies, but the only thing really related to Star Trek as Roddenberry saw it is the environment/names. They're enjoyable, but they could easily just be a different Sci-Fi franchise instead of Star Trek if you simply changed the names and swapped a model of a Corellian corvette or Colonial Battlestar for the Enterprise. Abrams is good with action and can write some compelling characters, but they're definitely his characters, for better or worse....although with this one, I thought even he pushed the "lowest common denominator" factor to the limit. It was still fun, but left me wanting to go watch Wrath of Khan again instead of wanting to complain that the next one's not out yet.

    May 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    Now that i know everything..i can work out of the outside world...
    oh don't worry ..... not gonna breath a word...

    May 20, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Not that i know everything..i can work out of the outside world...
    be right there for morning fun.

    May 20, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Namor and Aquaman are cool
    -

    May 20, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    i agreed do not be held back by reviews...
    my pointy ears.

    May 20, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Supplesteed
    The movie wasn't stinko. It just wasn't very good. Tiresome really

    May 20, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Meh
    We dont care about reviews. If you want to see a movie then just go. Dont worry about some geek who thinks he knows better than you.

    May 20, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    reboot all you want...
    not gonna stop makeup and hair...

    May 20, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    David G Stern
    So many people trying their damndest to write critical reviews to prove their own ego. I think the film was exactly what it was supposed to be. Second episode in the re-boot. great thrills, great popcorn movie, overall true to the legend with some fun twists and reversals thrown in. Yes, I enjoyed it very much and will see it more than once.

    May 20, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    the enterprise issus are going on for years...
    i find the movie a bit of a bore....except for spock

    May 20, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    Pointy ears and i will be friends...
    and that's my verdict.....done...

    May 20, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Lisa Albanese
    Took the family last night to see it in 3D – we all loved it. Admittedly, I'm a Chris Pine fan.

    May 20, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Lisa...you never left the screen did you...
    =

    May 20, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    Your lastest project last night...no reason too kill yourselves..
    i've been reading for months now.....it does not matter but it will not stop pointy ears and the black lady in the original star trek from communication....got it leader?

    May 20, 2013 at 8:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    don't knock yourselves out with your latest project.
    00

    May 20, 2013 at 7:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Truth
    On your marks, get set, TERRIBLE! This movie was awful! I can't believe that they are calling this Star Trek. JJ Abrams has once again put out a half baked, poorly executed mediocre film. I've seen writing in bathroom stalls that were more coherent than this abortion of a film. I am honestly worried about what is going to be done to the Star Wars franchise now that Disney has handed the keys over to this self important knob. In no way shape or form am I looking forward to any future film by Abrams. JJ, you are a false savior that was promised to deliver amazing works of cinematic magic but I believe that our hopes have been handed to man that can't do anything more than serve up a campaign of misdirection in order to suck people into being interested in your work, only to have our expectations stepped on when the mishmash of crap you threw at the wall turns out not to stick as well as you thought it would. You are the master of creating hype about a film but much like the flashy lens flares you insist upon using, your work turns out to be more annoying than anything else. You disappoint me.

    May 20, 2013 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Jeff
    Goes to show how people's taste are different, I loved the movie and thought that the story and characters were excellent. I like what J.J. Abrams has done with the franchise and think that the timeline change and how they've utilized favorite story lines from the originals just pays respect to Star Trek as a whole. I grew up with Star Trek in the 60's and have religiously followed every iteration of it and this movie ranks as one of my favorite Treks!

    May 20, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    twisting game
    thank you.

    May 20, 2013 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    faolanphoenix
    Flashy and Hollywood bright. Disappointing and woefully predictable even by Star Treks terms. If you're new to the Star Trek experience you'll probably get a kick out of it. If you're at all familiar with the series you probably won't be nearly so impressed.

    May 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Evan
    A science fiction classic!

    If you appreciate pure and unadulterated science fiction with the finest casting, cinematography, and IMAX 3D execution, with the best effects technology has to offer and the finest directing talent, you will not want to miss this epic thriller.

    May 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    You work for the studio, right Evan?
    That read like a paid endorsement.

    May 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    Syndrome Zed
    Geez, man, I'm unemployed right now too, but I haven't stooped to kissing that much hindcheek to get a job. Hope you brought a couple extra tubes of Chapstick...

    May 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    Spock will be back on the set in a few months...
    much rest needed.

    May 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    I want too thank the academy for a such a
    wonderful insite though i knew already for about 5 years now i never realized it could be so public too the world yet so private at the same time.....i also want too thank me for accuracy

    May 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    the movie of the century
    boy this has been a day that i will never forget for the rest of my life....thank you god for helping me understand
    more about pointy ears...

    May 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    former fiance could also say-–
    if you treat her like sh- there is no way in hell you will get even get her sweater off .......daz why he was a good boy and daz why 5 times...KAPEESH LOL

    May 19, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Ask the old finance...
    he'll tell ya....4-5 times maybe?....hmmmmm

    May 19, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Oh sweetie...
    One "it" starts it never stops....trust me on that one...

    May 19, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Dustin Goldsen
    I wish they would get away from the story line of Enterprise v. the psycho super criminal. Once in a while fine but Star Trek became what it was because they "boldly went where no man has gone before".

    May 19, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    you get that 4 or 5 times every 1 or 2 days right dustin?
    thanks

    May 19, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    Friends for Life...
    this movie should work well....however i am attracted too spock i always was...

    May 19, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Its just blogging bon bon...don't take it too seriously -
    i want those ears...

    May 19, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    WATCHING PEOPLE EAT THEIR MEAL AT SALON LAST NIGHT
    -

    May 19, 2013 at 6:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    wordfull
    In the 1st Star Trek TV Episode, "The Cage" Captain Pike is shown later in the future in a wheelchair with white hair and only able to talk by a flashing a light.

    Yet, in the latest Star Trek movie, "Into Darkness" Captain Pike is killed while he is still able to walk and talk normally. So, did they hold to the original story line? I don't think so.

    May 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Gallitep
    You're an IDIOT!! It was established in the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie that this is an alternative timeline, not a prequel. Go back and watch again, but pay attention this time!!

    May 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    Gallitep
    And another thing; Captain Pike was never shown in a wheelchair in "The Cage". That episode was called "The Menagerie", which references the events that happened in "The Cage".

    Get your facts straight if you going to post your opinion.

    May 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    John
    @Gallitep: Is that how you talk to people on the street, you anonymous, cowardly thug? Although wordful is incorrect, is it really necessary for you to be so psychotically obnoxious about it? I stopped reading anything you had to say after you screamed that he was an idiot. I see only one idiot in this exchange, and it ain't me and it ain't wordful.

    May 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    Inphyniti
    @John Gallitep was a bit... abrupt and could have been more polite, but he IS right. So you can be put off by his manner, if you choose, but abrupt, callous or snide, he has his facts down. And @Wordful clearly didn't understand the first Star Trek in this series of movies by J.J. Abrams, and should, politely, go back and rewatch it.

    May 19, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    SpockAttraction
    i would like too bite young spock's ears...for fun....

    May 19, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    DesperateRouting
    those ears are mine ...

    May 19, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    Plaintain Watch
    those are my ears....yes they are

    May 19, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    She's throwing another attention wrench in...sorry not happening
    Motored in 3 times.

    May 18, 2013 at 8:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Did the cruelty sister think they were going too eff with me the rest of my life?
    Not happening....the post it game is NOT happening soon....you should have thought before applying cruelty to this family and now we've decided friends it he best possible course of action too avoid further cruelty

    May 18, 2013 at 5:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    I think the enterprise has a keyless ignition
    Never see Kirk with a set of keys.

    May 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Happiness is the key too the enterprise.
    =

    May 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    these 2 are cute together as an acting cast
    especially pointy ears...

    May 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Their children will be adorable...
    -

    May 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    Positive is the key too the enterprise
    and it will be.

    May 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    I thought dilithium crystals were the key to the enterprise
    -

    May 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    gee me too
    thanks

    May 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    I like that Spork guy. He's funny.
    Shazzbot!

    May 17, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Yay
    so glad this movie is coming back...i am so happy about this.

    May 17, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    ohsnap
    Being a Trekkie from way back I wanted to love it. Seriously. I LOVED the first JJ Abrams movie, thought it was sensational. But this one...no. Just no. He's dumbed it down for the game playing generation, used lots of sounds of war, fighting, etc and threw in a few Star Trek TOS references. The cast is good, especially Pine and Quinto. But overall, very disappointing. Oh well, on to the next one!

    May 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    DRINKS
    can't talk in there....outside

    May 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    BThorn
    Star Trek Into Darkness is a very good movie. It tries a little too hard toward the end to pay homage to an earlier Star Trek movie, but otherwise, it is a fun ride.

    May 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    My boob boyfriend....i will break the gap kay?
    thanks

    May 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    mjf38
    I find it rather amusing that this article wants to give the impression that the reviews of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS were mixed. They are not mixed... they are decisively and overwhelmingly positive. Rotten Tomatoes, the compiler website that tracks all critics' reviews, rates STID at 87% positive (171 out of 196 critics), an impressively high number. For comparison sake, blockbuster IRON MAN 3 rated at only 78% positive. And among "top critics", those working for major publications, 35 out of 43 gave STID a "thumbs up", compared with only 30 out of 45 for IRON MAN 3. I fail to see how these numbers in any way demonstrate "mixed" feelings on behalf of the reviewers... A little more accuracy by CNN in their reporting would be appreciated...

    May 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Mixed Feelings...
    forget these nut job statistics and let's roll.

    May 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    Why is Aquaman standing behind that guy from Heros?
    ?

    May 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Trekster
    into the darkness left me wanting. I thought that J.J Abrams was dynamite. it was everything i could ask for in a star trek movie. WOW!, but the writer left something to be desired... it is as if the whole can Kirk lead question? that i thought was answered in the first movie was back on the table for yet the second movie. I almost felt an anti Kirk vibe..... and left wondering is Spock the leader in this new reality.. I also felt that cheesy role revisal from the wrath of Khan. that scene I did not like.. I did like dr. Marcus in the movie but would have like to have scene more of her and Kirk.. and for that matter More of Kirk saving the day.. Don't get me wrong, I thought Khan was wild, Spock, and supporting crew off the hook, Scottie I find is lacking a hint of something,.... I guess all in all I am a captain Kirk fan,, and I feel someone in charge doesn't see Him lthe Way I do...... Solid, Solid Movie,, a little weak on the writing in my opinion.

    May 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    trekster
    I just noticed the picture at the top... Spock out front ,, Kirk in the background,,,, maybe i am left to accept the new reality.....anyways Soild movie fellow treks... I guess its just along time to wait between movies and they can't please all fans all the time. also I am an old trek fan.. maybe they should cater to the new.....

    May 17, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    John
    If you're blaming anyone, blame Abrams; this was his baby from start to finish. He started as a writer, so I'm sure the writing in this movie is exactly what he wanted and that he had final say over what went into the script. Point your finger where it needs to be pointed.

    May 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    Willow
    Bored now.

    May 17, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Stinkee Plop feat. Green Turd & tha Splatteretts
    Me tooooo!!! P L E ASE H E PL ME!!!!

    May 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    thelittles
    i can't wait too see this movie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Yay! Star Trek #1
    Luke, I am your father...

    May 17, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    patNY
    I absolutely loved it! The haters are simply whiny trekkies over the new time line mechanism to bring this reboot to the screen which I think was ingenious, in that it allows for new stories with new twist references to the former time line. Loved Loved Loved this movie!

    May 17, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Trekster
    I truly agree the new timeline was an ingenious idea... it makes all things new, so why then be so unimaginative with role reversal death scene ,, i would have like them to use there new reality more than a cheesy scene... however a Very Very solid movie, Would have like to see Kirk kicking butt and taking names more, however..... lots of laughs

    May 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    Kewlzter
    This is a great movie, however, the whole heart-strings death scene, shouldn't have been included in this movie, and should have instead been used in another installment where it could have been a deeper story lasting more than five minutes. Like in the original movies. In this, it was so quick, it was like "he's dead, oh no!!, just kidding, he's alive and perfect".

    May 17, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    shaddup
    no spoilers, deuchebag-thanks

    May 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    brendan
    posted this as a reply but meant it as a post..

    "this is a not a remake of Wrath of Khan but rather a new spin on Space Seed(what led to Wrath of Khan) I thought it was a great flick, full of action, wit, humor and great cgi!! I have no problem seeing this a second time when I take my daughter to see it this weekend."

    May 17, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Chewbacca
    Weaaaaaaaaaagggggghhhhhh...

    May 17, 2013 at 9:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    mandy–anything we every do to you is a trick so you'll start snapping pics
    now shut up–nobody home

    May 17, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Pat Connid
    It's a solid, fun, summer-popcorn flick... a little too caught up in series self-reference (this one is LOADED with it), but it's worth the price of admission. And, this week, just as the Star Trek movie comes out... it looks like we're getting closer to a REAL warp drive. Read it here: http://www.patconnid.com/2013/05/are-we-about-to-go-to-warp-speed-for.html

    May 17, 2013 at 8:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Mork is my favorite Star Trak character
    Nanoo nanoo! May the Force be with you!

    May 17, 2013 at 7:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Todd
    This is a "have your cake and eat it too" sort of movie. No matter what, someone will be disapointed. But not me. This took a fresh new direction to the franchise and combined it with enough of the classic material that the fans of the original will smile (or tear up) with quotes and memories of the originals. I say Bravo JJ. Theres always room for KAHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN !!!!

    May 17, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    Sokman
    Cant wait to see this movie

    May 16, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Kcar69
    Loved it! Brought me 8yr old daughter to the midnight show. She LOVED it!
    Awesome interpretation Go See It!!!!

    May 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Child Services
    No one in their right mind would bring an 8 year old to a midnight showing.

    May 17, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    It's not 1950...
    Good for you. Anyone in their right mind would give their kids a treat like this once in a while.

    May 17, 2013 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    Brendan
    this is a not a remake of Wrath of Khan but rather a new spin on Space Seed(what led to Wrath of Khan) I thought it was a great flick, full of action, wit, humor and great cgi!! I have no problem seeing this a second time when I take my daughter to see it this weekend.

    May 17, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    fun
    fresh and crisp, liked it

    May 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    THE 2 ACCOMPLICES THINK I DON'T KNOW THEM EITHER...
    ==

    May 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Tiqwuansha
    Talks abouts it!

    May 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    May 22, 2013 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. PRINT ALL MY COMMENTS AND CNN FINAL VERSIONS

    HAVE GREAT NIGHT ALL....

    May 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Like how old is the problem with the enterprise...like old news man

    =

    May 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. I know the whole story of the enterprise...the work was wasted...

    hahahaha

    May 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Don't worry its our secret...kay?

    -

    May 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DoRoberto

    I took the kids and thoroughly enjoyed it as the summer blockbuster JJ Abrams intended it to be, but it wasn't science fiction and it didn't communicate ideas you haven't had before like good science fiction does. If you can enjoy it as a thriller with elements of nostalgia and humor, you're in.

    But Abrams' doesn't like Roddenberry's vision, or at least, he doesn't find it *useful*. Directors like conflict, and they love to use recurring characters and environments because it lifts the twin burdens of characterization and exposition from their shoulders - in essence, it's easier to recycle used characters and used plots than to create new ones. Hence, we have John Harrison, cleverly recycled such that we don't immediately recognize the character.

    Again, most will find the film at least moderately enjoyable, though the adolescent cleverness of some scenes will tempt you to shoot the screenwriters. But many longtime Trek fans will continue to be disappointed that Hollywood has yet to produce a really good Star Trek film.

    May 20, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Produce what? too ellen and jodie?

      move on.

      May 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syndrome Zed

      I think you hit the nail on the head. The new movies are decent movies, but the only thing really related to Star Trek as Roddenberry saw it is the environment/names. They're enjoyable, but they could easily just be a different Sci-Fi franchise instead of Star Trek if you simply changed the names and swapped a model of a Corellian corvette or Colonial Battlestar for the Enterprise. Abrams is good with action and can write some compelling characters, but they're definitely his characters, for better or worse....although with this one, I thought even he pushed the "lowest common denominator" factor to the limit. It was still fun, but left me wanting to go watch Wrath of Khan again instead of wanting to complain that the next one's not out yet. :)

      May 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Now that i know everything..i can work out of the outside world...

    oh don't worry ..... not gonna breath a word...

    May 20, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Not that i know everything..i can work out of the outside world...

    be right there for morning fun.

    May 20, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Namor and Aquaman are cool

    -

    May 20, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. i agreed do not be held back by reviews...

    my pointy ears.

    May 20, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Supplesteed

    The movie wasn't stinko. It just wasn't very good. Tiresome really

    May 20, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Meh

    We dont care about reviews. If you want to see a movie then just go. Dont worry about some geek who thinks he knows better than you.

    May 20, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  16. reboot all you want...

    not gonna stop makeup and hair...

    May 20, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  17. David G Stern

    So many people trying their damndest to write critical reviews to prove their own ego. I think the film was exactly what it was supposed to be. Second episode in the re-boot. great thrills, great popcorn movie, overall true to the legend with some fun twists and reversals thrown in. Yes, I enjoyed it very much and will see it more than once.

    May 20, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • the enterprise issus are going on for years...

      i find the movie a bit of a bore....except for spock

      May 20, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  18. Pointy ears and i will be friends...

    and that's my verdict.....done...

    May 20, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  19. Lisa Albanese

    Took the family last night to see it in 3D – we all loved it. Admittedly, I'm a Chris Pine fan.

    May 20, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  20. Your lastest project last night...no reason too kill yourselves..

    i've been reading for months now.....it does not matter but it will not stop pointy ears and the black lady in the original star trek from communication....got it leader?

    May 20, 2013 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  21. don't knock yourselves out with your latest project.

    00

    May 20, 2013 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  22. Truth

    On your marks, get set, TERRIBLE! This movie was awful! I can't believe that they are calling this Star Trek. JJ Abrams has once again put out a half baked, poorly executed mediocre film. I've seen writing in bathroom stalls that were more coherent than this abortion of a film. I am honestly worried about what is going to be done to the Star Wars franchise now that Disney has handed the keys over to this self important knob. In no way shape or form am I looking forward to any future film by Abrams. JJ, you are a false savior that was promised to deliver amazing works of cinematic magic but I believe that our hopes have been handed to man that can't do anything more than serve up a campaign of misdirection in order to suck people into being interested in your work, only to have our expectations stepped on when the mishmash of crap you threw at the wall turns out not to stick as well as you thought it would. You are the master of creating hype about a film but much like the flashy lens flares you insist upon using, your work turns out to be more annoying than anything else. You disappoint me.

    May 20, 2013 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Goes to show how people's taste are different, I loved the movie and thought that the story and characters were excellent. I like what J.J. Abrams has done with the franchise and think that the timeline change and how they've utilized favorite story lines from the originals just pays respect to Star Trek as a whole. I grew up with Star Trek in the 60's and have religiously followed every iteration of it and this movie ranks as one of my favorite Treks!

      May 20, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • twisting game

      thank you.

      May 20, 2013 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  23. faolanphoenix

    Flashy and Hollywood bright. Disappointing and woefully predictable even by Star Treks terms. If you're new to the Star Trek experience you'll probably get a kick out of it. If you're at all familiar with the series you probably won't be nearly so impressed.

    May 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Evan

    A science fiction classic!

    If you appreciate pure and unadulterated science fiction with the finest casting, cinematography, and IMAX 3D execution, with the best effects technology has to offer and the finest directing talent, you will not want to miss this epic thriller.

    May 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • You work for the studio, right Evan?

      That read like a paid endorsement.

      May 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syndrome Zed

      Geez, man, I'm unemployed right now too, but I haven't stooped to kissing that much hindcheek to get a job. Hope you brought a couple extra tubes of Chapstick...

      May 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spock will be back on the set in a few months...

      much rest needed.

      May 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  25. I want too thank the academy for a such a

    wonderful insite though i knew already for about 5 years now i never realized it could be so public too the world yet so private at the same time.....i also want too thank me for accuracy

    May 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  26. the movie of the century

    boy this has been a day that i will never forget for the rest of my life....thank you god for helping me understand
    more about pointy ears...

    May 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  27. former fiance could also say-----

    if you treat her like sh- there is no way in hell you will get even get her sweater off .......daz why he was a good boy and daz why 5 times...KAPEESH LOL

    May 19, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  28. Ask the old finance...

    he'll tell ya....4-5 times maybe?....hmmmmm

    May 19, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  29. Oh sweetie...

    One "it" starts it never stops....trust me on that one...

    May 19, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  30. Dustin Goldsen

    I wish they would get away from the story line of Enterprise v. the psycho super criminal. Once in a while fine but Star Trek became what it was because they "boldly went where no man has gone before".

    May 19, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  31. Friends for Life...

    this movie should work well....however i am attracted too spock i always was...

    May 19, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  32. Its just blogging bon bon...don't take it too seriously ---

    i want those ears...

    May 19, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  33. WATCHING PEOPLE EAT THEIR MEAL AT SALON LAST NIGHT

    -

    May 19, 2013 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  34. wordfull

    In the 1st Star Trek TV Episode, "The Cage" Captain Pike is shown later in the future in a wheelchair with white hair and only able to talk by a flashing a light.

    Yet, in the latest Star Trek movie, "Into Darkness" Captain Pike is killed while he is still able to walk and talk normally. So, did they hold to the original story line? I don't think so.

    May 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gallitep

      You're an IDIOT!! It was established in the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie that this is an alternative timeline, not a prequel. Go back and watch again, but pay attention this time!!

      May 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gallitep

      And another thing; Captain Pike was never shown in a wheelchair in "The Cage". That episode was called "The Menagerie", which references the events that happened in "The Cage".

      Get your facts straight if you going to post your opinion.

      May 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @Gallitep: Is that how you talk to people on the street, you anonymous, cowardly thug? Although wordful is incorrect, is it really necessary for you to be so psychotically obnoxious about it? I stopped reading anything you had to say after you screamed that he was an idiot. I see only one idiot in this exchange, and it ain't me and it ain't wordful.

      May 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Inphyniti

      @John Gallitep was a bit... abrupt and could have been more polite, but he IS right. So you can be put off by his manner, if you choose, but abrupt, callous or snide, he has his facts down. And @Wordful clearly didn't understand the first Star Trek in this series of movies by J.J. Abrams, and should, politely, go back and rewatch it.

      May 19, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • SpockAttraction

      i would like too bite young spock's ears...for fun....

      May 19, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • DesperateRouting

      those ears are mine ...

      May 19, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Plaintain Watch

      those are my ears....yes they are

      May 19, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  35. She's throwing another attention wrench in...sorry not happening

    Motored in 3 times.

    May 18, 2013 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  36. Did the cruelty sister think they were going too eff with me the rest of my life?

    Not happening....the post it game is NOT happening soon....you should have thought before applying cruelty to this family and now we've decided friends it he best possible course of action too avoid further cruelty

    May 18, 2013 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  37. I think the enterprise has a keyless ignition

    Never see Kirk with a set of keys.

    May 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Happiness is the key too the enterprise.

    =

    May 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  39. these 2 are cute together as an acting cast

    especially pointy ears...

    May 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  40. I like that Spork guy. He's funny.

    Shazzbot!

    May 17, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Yay

    so glad this movie is coming back...i am so happy about this.

    May 17, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  42. ohsnap

    Being a Trekkie from way back I wanted to love it. Seriously. I LOVED the first JJ Abrams movie, thought it was sensational. But this one...no. Just no. He's dumbed it down for the game playing generation, used lots of sounds of war, fighting, etc and threw in a few Star Trek TOS references. The cast is good, especially Pine and Quinto. But overall, very disappointing. Oh well, on to the next one!

    May 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  43. DRINKS

    can't talk in there....outside

    May 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  44. BThorn

    Star Trek Into Darkness is a very good movie. It tries a little too hard toward the end to pay homage to an earlier Star Trek movie, but otherwise, it is a fun ride.

    May 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  45. My boob boyfriend....i will break the gap kay?

    thanks

    May 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  46. mjf38

    I find it rather amusing that this article wants to give the impression that the reviews of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS were mixed. They are not mixed... they are decisively and overwhelmingly positive. Rotten Tomatoes, the compiler website that tracks all critics' reviews, rates STID at 87% positive (171 out of 196 critics), an impressively high number. For comparison sake, blockbuster IRON MAN 3 rated at only 78% positive. And among "top critics", those working for major publications, 35 out of 43 gave STID a "thumbs up", compared with only 30 out of 45 for IRON MAN 3. I fail to see how these numbers in any way demonstrate "mixed" feelings on behalf of the reviewers... A little more accuracy by CNN in their reporting would be appreciated...

    May 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Why is Aquaman standing behind that guy from Heros?

    ?

    May 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Trekster

    into the darkness left me wanting. I thought that J.J Abrams was dynamite. it was everything i could ask for in a star trek movie. WOW!, but the writer left something to be desired... it is as if the whole can Kirk lead question? that i thought was answered in the first movie was back on the table for yet the second movie. I almost felt an anti Kirk vibe..... and left wondering is Spock the leader in this new reality.. I also felt that cheesy role revisal from the wrath of Khan. that scene I did not like.. I did like dr. Marcus in the movie but would have like to have scene more of her and Kirk.. and for that matter More of Kirk saving the day.. Don't get me wrong, I thought Khan was wild, Spock, and supporting crew off the hook, Scottie I find is lacking a hint of something,.... I guess all in all I am a captain Kirk fan,, and I feel someone in charge doesn't see Him lthe Way I do...... Solid, Solid Movie,, a little weak on the writing in my opinion.

    May 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • trekster

      I just noticed the picture at the top... Spock out front ,, Kirk in the background,,,, maybe i am left to accept the new reality.....anyways Soild movie fellow treks... I guess its just along time to wait between movies and they can't please all fans all the time. also I am an old trek fan.. maybe they should cater to the new.....

      May 17, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      If you're blaming anyone, blame Abrams; this was his baby from start to finish. He started as a writer, so I'm sure the writing in this movie is exactly what he wanted and that he had final say over what went into the script. Point your finger where it needs to be pointed.

      May 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Willow

    Bored now.

    May 17, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Stinkee Plop feat. Green Turd & tha Splatteretts

      Me tooooo!!! P L E ASE H E PL ME!!!!

      May 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  50. thelittles

    i can't wait too see this movie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  51. Yay! Star Trek #1

    Luke, I am your father...

    May 17, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  52. patNY

    I absolutely loved it! The haters are simply whiny trekkies over the new time line mechanism to bring this reboot to the screen which I think was ingenious, in that it allows for new stories with new twist references to the former time line. Loved Loved Loved this movie!

    May 17, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Trekster

      I truly agree the new timeline was an ingenious idea... it makes all things new, so why then be so unimaginative with role reversal death scene ,, i would have like them to use there new reality more than a cheesy scene... however a Very Very solid movie, Would have like to see Kirk kicking butt and taking names more, however..... lots of laughs

      May 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Kewlzter

    This is a great movie, however, the whole heart-strings death scene, shouldn't have been included in this movie, and should have instead been used in another installment where it could have been a deeper story lasting more than five minutes. Like in the original movies. In this, it was so quick, it was like "he's dead, oh no!!, just kidding, he's alive and perfect".

    May 17, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  54. brendan

    posted this as a reply but meant it as a post..

    "this is a not a remake of Wrath of Khan but rather a new spin on Space Seed(what led to Wrath of Khan) I thought it was a great flick, full of action, wit, humor and great cgi!! I have no problem seeing this a second time when I take my daughter to see it this weekend."

    May 17, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  55. Chewbacca

    Weaaaaaaaaaagggggghhhhhh...

    May 17, 2013 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  56. mandy--anything we every do to you is a trick so you'll start snapping pics

    now shut up–nobody home

    May 17, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  57. Pat Connid

    It's a solid, fun, summer-popcorn flick... a little too caught up in series self-reference (this one is LOADED with it), but it's worth the price of admission. And, this week, just as the Star Trek movie comes out... it looks like we're getting closer to a REAL warp drive. Read it here: http://www.patconnid.com/2013/05/are-we-about-to-go-to-warp-speed-for.html

    May 17, 2013 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  58. Mork is my favorite Star Trak character

    Nanoo nanoo! May the Force be with you!

    May 17, 2013 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  59. Todd

    This is a "have your cake and eat it too" sort of movie. No matter what, someone will be disapointed. But not me. This took a fresh new direction to the franchise and combined it with enough of the classic material that the fans of the original will smile (or tear up) with quotes and memories of the originals. I say Bravo JJ. Theres always room for KAHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN !!!!

    May 17, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  60. Sokman

    Cant wait to see this movie

    May 16, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Kcar69

    Loved it! Brought me 8yr old daughter to the midnight show. She LOVED it!
    Awesome interpretation Go See It!!!!

    May 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Child Services

      No one in their right mind would bring an 8 year old to a midnight showing.

      May 17, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • It's not 1950...

      Good for you. Anyone in their right mind would give their kids a treat like this once in a while.

      May 17, 2013 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Brendan

      this is a not a remake of Wrath of Khan but rather a new spin on Space Seed(what led to Wrath of Khan) I thought it was a great flick, full of action, wit, humor and great cgi!! I have no problem seeing this a second time when I take my daughter to see it this weekend.

      May 17, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  62. fun

    fresh and crisp, liked it

    May 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  63. THE 2 ACCOMPLICES THINK I DON'T KNOW THEM EITHER...

    ==

    May 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Tiqwuansha

    Talks abouts it!

    May 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |

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