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He turns from his control panel, and he thinks, and he realizes something, and he walks past David out the door. Only later will we understand: This is the moment when Spock decides to sacrifice himself for his friends. The consideration of all possibilities, the tilting-head moment of resignation. Does he think about telling Kirk? Does he realize that Kirk is too weak to let him go? But Meyer has a lovely strategy for shooting them, together yet separated. Meyer shoots the scene in a single take but with multiple levels. Notice, too, how Meyer frames Kirk and Spock in the final battle scene.

So near, yet so far away. Compare the Kirk-Spock dynamic to Kirk-Khan. The two characters famously never physically interact, and some scholars consider Wrath of Khan one of the great submarine movies, with two great captains holding court on their bridges. If, for some curious and profoundly unknowable reason, a filmmaker tried to make Wrath of Khan today, that filmmaker might consider this separation of protagonist and antagonist a problem to be fixed — might film lots of scenes with Kirk and Khan together, talking about their motivations, or just punching each other.

In earlier Wrath of Khan drafts, Kirk and Khan had a sword fight. And you could argue that Kirk defeats Khan with performance. When Khan cripples the Enterprise , Kirk buys time with a bit of acting. Later, when he needs Khan to chase his ship into a nebula — something Khan has no strategic reason to do — Kirk torments Khan with a message. Consider the single most famous moment of The Wrath of Khan.

Kirk is screaming in retort. Khan has just doomed him we think to imprisonment in the core of a dead planet. Kirk needs to convince Khan that he has won. This is beyond Slash Fiction; this is pure ecstasy. Khan is a mirror for Kirk, maybe. What they had was long ago.

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For Kirk, Carol and David are symbols of his own melancholy: But maybe you had one of those English teachers who insisted Ahab is not a villain but a tragic hero; and maybe, when you watch Wrath of Khan , you remember that the last thing Khan does is smile. Then his eyes go wide, and he goes to Hell. Every Star Trek movie teaches a lesson about how to make Star Trek movies. Something to debate, based on Wrath of Khan:. Wrath of Khan marked a major budgetary decline from The Motion Picture.

You can spot reused sets from the first film. Compare Wrath of Khan to, say, the second Star Wars movie and — well, maybe such a comparison is wrongheaded. Empire Strikes Back has location shooting, and long space battles between swooping ships, and kinetic cameramen filming scale models like fighter jets. Compare that fight to the two showdowns in Wrath of Khan — and consider the strategies Meyer uses.

He cuts between close-ups of Khan and Kirk. Meyer loves to fill the frame with details, shooting through multiple planes of action to make the science lab feel labyrinthine…. When the ship rumbles, the characters all look up — and you feel the y-axis of the Enterprise , in a way that suggests so much more than the few Enterprise sets built for the movie or redecorated from the first movie. Look closer at that image. In our first sighting of their home, we see a checkers game made from machine parts.

You make an epic in miniature, a space movie about bigger-than-life human beings. Star Trek is a series — a saga, a franchise, an idea, whatever you want to call it — about perfection, set in a world without money, without even human want, where the Federation operates with apparently infinite resources.

Star Wars , conversely, is a saga about junk: Old spaceships, leftover weapons, grimy dirt, hand-me-down Mandalorian armor.

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And anyhow, Trek comes from television — still a medium that fundamentally depends on creators who can work within budgetary restrictions. Game of Thrones is maybe the most expensive show ever; ask the showrunners if they think they have enough money. These are the best Starfleet uniforms. I will accept counter-arguments, but I will not believe them. Scotty discovers the coordinates lead to a covert Starfleet facility near Jupiter. 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 orders 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 contacts his older self, who warns that Khan is ruthless and untrustworthy and that Khan's older self was only defeated at a terrible cost.

Khan demands that Spock return his crew in exchange for the Enterprise officers. 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 in an attempt to destroy 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 pursues Khan through the city and is about to kill him, but 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. A preliminary script was said to be completed by Christmas for a release. By , a release date of June 29, , was set, [22] with Lindelof announcing he had begun working on the script with Kurtzman and Orci. 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 and Klingons. In January , Abrams said he had not decided whether or not he would direct, since he had not yet seen a script. 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 release. 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.

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. 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'.

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.

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Actor 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 , Alice Eve and Peter Weller agreed to their roles. Into Darkness began principal photography on January 12, , with a scheduled release date of May 16, On February 24, , images from the set surfaced of Benedict Cumberbatch's character in a fight with Spock. Some shots were made in Iceland.

Marc Okrand , the developer of the Klingon language , provided the 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. There's no word that comes after the colon after 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".

Transformers 4 best because the title is "technically available". Composer Michael Giacchino composed the film's incidental music. An expanded soundtrack album was released on July 28, , limited to 6, copies. Rivers asked about the title: Eve suggested that Pegg discuss the theme of terrorism , and Pegg obliged: 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. 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 II: The Wrath of Khan. Originally conceived as a retelling of 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? We must not succumb to it; we are the same. As part of a contest Abrams designed after the release of Super 8 , the prize for answering a series of questions would be walk-on roles for two people in Into Darkness. A two-minute teaser was released in iTunes Movie Trailers on December The teaser marked the beginning of a viral marketing campaign, with a hidden link directing fans to a movie-related website.

An international trailer was released on March 21, , 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. In the days leading up to the trailer release, character posters featuring Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Harrison were released on iTunes. Abrams is connected with The Mission Continues , and a section of the film's website is dedicated to that organization.

Saldana said that she lobbied Abrams for four years: 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. Pine said that he had to gain weight for the role of Captain Kirk. 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.

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. With no added value elements to sell, Paramount was forced to craft a generic campaign based around 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 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.

Critics called it a "rousing adventure" [] and "a riveting action-adventure in space". However, not all of reviews were positive; The Independent said the film would "underwhelm even the Trekkies". Scott dismissed the film in The New York Times: 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".

Despite an acclaimed performance from Cumberbatch, Christian Blauvelt of Hollywood. Voyager actor 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". One of the points of the movie is that we must be careful about the villain within US , not some other race". In an interview with Buzzfeed two years after the film's release, Abrams addressed some of the film's shortcomings.

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 Wrath of Khan director reveled in , to have been dissapointed with the film. He was quoted saying: Star Trek Into Darkness was released as a digital download on August 20, In North America, the release is split into various retailer exclusives.

Retailer Best Buy has an exclusive Blu-ray edition with 30 minutes of additional content, [] available on disc in Canada, and via streaming service CinemaNow in the United States. Online retailer iTunes' version comes with audio commentary for the film not available in the retailer exclusives.

The split of the special features between various retailers has attracted criticism from fans. 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. 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 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 and the IMAX 2D version of Star Trek Into Darkness.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is the latest accepted revision , reviewed on 17 December Star Trek Into Darkness Theatrical release poster. Mary Jo Markey Maryann Brandon. Star Trek Into Darkness soundtrack. The second one, where Benedict Cumberbatch played Khan, I thought was unfortunate. Benedict Cumberbatch is a wonderful actor.

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