STAR TREK INTO DARK­NESS Di­rected by JJ Abrams. Star­ring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Sal­dana, Karl Ur­ban, Si­mon Pegg, John Cho, Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, An­ton Yelchin, Bruce Green­wood, Peter Weller, Leonard Ni­moy

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM -

James Kirk is busted down to first of­fi­cer fol­low­ing one too many acts of reck­less­ness, but the au­thor­i­ties know they need him when a long­faced ma­niac (Cum­ber­batch) be­gins threat­en­ing the safety of the Fed­er­a­tion. The film is full of know­ing winks. But Abrams’s bril­liance lies in his abil­ity to fold the ref­er­ences to clas­sic Star Trek – as well as con­tem­po­rary pol­i­tics – into a thrilling, pulpy struc­ture that de­mands no fore­knowl­edge of the an­cient fran­chise. A first- class block­buster. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 132 min

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