‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ beams into theaters one day early, May 16

May 07, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.

The wait to see J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” just got a little shorter. Paramount announced Tuesday that it will release the film May 16, one day earlier than its original opening date of May 17.

Directed by Abrams and written by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci, “Into Darkness”  sees the return of Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew as they face a new villain, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).

As with so much in the fictional worlds Abrams creates (“Lost,” “Super 8”), many details around the movie have been cloaked in mystery, including the true identity of Cumberbatch’s character. But in a recent interview with The Times, Pine and Quinto shared insight into John Harrison — and the movie’s present-day parallels.

“This film is about earthbound terror,” Pine said, speaking weeks before the real-life bombing at the Boston Marathon. “It’s about terrorism, about issues we as human beings in 2013 deal with every day, about the exploitation of fear to take advantage of a population, about physical violence and destruction but also psychological manipulation. John Harrison is a terrorist in the mold of those we’ve become accustomed to in this day and age.”

In the weeks leading up to its release, “Into Darkness” has drawn some mixed critical reaction. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy wrote, “As seen in normally dynamic 3D IMAX, however, the film looks surprisingly flat, bordering on cheesy; the images are pale, thin, bleached out, makeup and facial blemishes are magnified and the very shallow depth-of-field in many shots (not the CGI but real photography) works against the point of the format.”

Comingsoon.net’s Silas Lesnick went so far as to call the film a “shameful” chapter in “Trek” canon: “Offering a nonsensical mess of conspiracy theory, ‘Into Darkness’ ends up becoming something stuck midway between a muddled Truther metaphor and a nearly beat-for-beat remake of the identically plotted ‘Star Trek: Nemesis,’ widely regarded as the franchise’s worst entry.”

Germain Lussier of Slashfilm offered a kinder assessment, describing the movie as “a fun but frivolous sequel.” Variety’s Scott Foundas similarly offered restrained praise in his review, writing that Abrams manages to keep the mood “buoyant even when the fate of the universe is hanging in the balance.”

Tickets are available on the “Star Trek” app, or at IMAX.com, Fandango.com or Movietickets.com, as well as other ticketing platforms and at theater box offices.

– Gina McIntyre and Rebecca Keegan

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5 Responses to ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ beams into theaters one day early, May 16

  1. Timothy Paul says:

    It' "Commander Spock" to you. :)

  2. Chris Pike says:

    'Nemesis' is not the worst Trek film, so much for what you know!! Ever heard of 'Insurrection', 'The Final Frontier', or 'The Motion Picture' all worse Treks than 'Nemesis'!! My favorite thing is that so many people, reviewers say how the J.J Trek isn't true Star Trek and lost it moral code…go back and watch the original series, if they had the budget and tech in the 60's it would be exactly like J.J trek is! I have been re-watching them all lately and Kirk fist fights in every other one and the plots are over the top. Not every one has the message about humanity and morality. And when they do there is just a line or two about it at the end of the episode. I think people are blurring the lines between the original series and TNG (which is much more heavy handed with the 'message'). Anyway, my point is that the J.J Trek is great and actually fits pretty closely into the feeling of the original Trek.

  3. Claire Bazinet says:

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture was the crack in the dam after many years of drought when the original Star Trek TV show went off the air. We early fans had lost the exciting adventures of the (yes, maybe cheesy now) Enterprise crew we loved and the science fiction genre that began with TV kids' shows like Captain Video and Space Patrol. Finally! Star Trek on the Big Screen and in COLOR! Naturally, Star Trek movie in decades was "milked" for all it was worth, and to fill the long void for the audiences of that time! Movies, like J.J.'s now, move so much faster than they used to back then, in line with the activity pumped and hyped up (HDTV, Internet, and Video Games user) audiences. Even then, the long, opening movie scenes of that first movie were excruciating. We couldn't wait until the crew we loved FINALLY came together again, finally! But it was worth it, and the following three movies, to me, are the best. Made for all ages—for families—to enjoy together. I miss those kinds of movies today.

  4. Claire Bazinet says:

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture was the crack in the dam after many years of drought when the original Star Trek TV show went off the air. We early fans had lost the exciting adventures of the (yes, maybe cheesy now) Enterprise crew we loved and the science fiction genre that began with TV kids' shows like Captain Video and Space Patrol. Finally! Star Trek on the Big Screen and in COLOR! Naturally, Star Trek movie in decades was "milked" for all it was worth, and to fill the long void for the audiences of that time! Movies, like J.J.'s now, move so much faster than they used to back then, in line with the activity pumped and hyped up (HDTV, Internet, and Video Games user) audiences. Even then, the long, opening movie scenes of that first movie were excruciating. We couldn't wait until the crew we loved FINALLY came together again, finally! But it was worth it, and the following three movies, to me, are the best. Made for all ages—for families—to enjoy together. I miss those kinds of movies today.

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