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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