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Star Trek: Into Darkness

Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: 5/16/2013

MPAA Rating: PG-13 :   Description: Intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, Alice Eve

When Starfleet headquarters is bombed and his mentor Captain Pike is killed, Captain Kirk and the Enterprise are dispatched on a mission of vengeance: invade Klingon territory and execute terrorist mastermind John Harrison. At Spock’s urging, Kirk captures Harrison but does not kill him – thus enabling Kirk to uncover the true mastermind behind the attack. But will the Enterprise endure the aftermath…or will one of the crew lose his life?

Star Trek: Into Darkness is aptly named, wallowing in a dark storyline and darker characterization for the formerly beloved Enterprise crew. The attack on Starfleet results in multiple deaths, including Pike’s in closeup. Other victims are burned or otherwise mangled. Various characters suffer extreme beatings in the course of the film, including in a knife- sword- and gun-filled battle with the Klingons. Explosions are frequent, along with standard sci-fi action like ray guns zapping. But if the upbeat, optimistic qualities of the original Trek are absent, it’s mid-1960s sexism is not: Kirk is shown in bed with two alien women, implicitly after a threesome, while a supposedly brilliant woman scientist strips to her underwear for no reason.

Utterly lacking the qualities of intelligence and heart formerly traditional to the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Into Darkness more closely resembles a parody of the classic series than a fresh, original take on it. Crammed with explicit language and violence, Into Darkness is too graphic for children, a crushing disappointment to fans, and a waste of time for anyone else.

The Parents Television Council does not recommend this movie for viewers under age 16.

SEX Sexual activity implied, partial nudity
VIOLENCE Mass death, murder, blood, beatings, explosions, guns, knives, fists, fantasy violence
LANGUAGE S-word, "bitch," "bastard", "piss," "hell," "damn"