- Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg , Anton Yelchin, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Nolan North, Tom Archdeacon, Jon Lee Brody, Nazneen Contractor, Heather Langenkamp, Noel Clarke, Felicity Wren, Britanni Johnson, Christopher , Beau Billingslea, Joseph Gatt, Brendan Norman, Elly Kaye, Omid Zader, Kasia Kowalczyk, John Tomkins
- Director: J.J. Abrams
- Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Gene Roddenberry
- Producers: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci
- Co Producers: Tommy Gormley, Tommy Harper
- Associate Producer: Michelle Rejwan
- Executive Producers: Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Paul Schwake
- Art Direction: Ramsey Avery
- Castings: April Webster, Alyssa Weisberg
- Costume Design: Michael Kaplan
- D.O.P.: Dan Mindel
- Editors: Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey
- Makeup: Mary L. Mastro
- Music: Michael Giacchino
- Production Design: Scott Chambliss
- Set Decoration: Karen Manthey
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- Production Budget: $185 million
- Production Companies: Bad Robot, Kurtzman/Orci, Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions
- Production Schedule: 12 January 2012 - 8 May 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "While the big question everyone keeps asking is who exactly is the villain's real identity (Khan, Gary Mitchell, Garth of Izar or Robert April are the current guesses), the real question I wonder is how did we get here? I have been a Trekker for twenty years, yet even I will readily admit that five years ago the "Star Trek" franchise was effectively dead. The great spin-off shows "The Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine" petered out with tedious "Voyager" and the often woeful "Enterprise". Only two of the last six films were of any note, and it seemed like the franchise was done and dusted.
Say what you will about J.J. Abrams' 2009 feature take on "Star Trek," it worked. Rebooting the franchise with flair, Abrams brought an energy, fierceness and scale to it (helped by a considerable budget) to deliver one hell of a rousing action adventure. Bringing a "Star Wars" sensibility to this universe came at a price though, most visible in a rather awkward story full of holes, and a lack of any real depth. Trek had been transplanted from the science-fiction genre it had firmly occupied, to the science-fantasy genre that suited Wars-devotee Abrams. It slotted into place, but it was not a perfect fit.
Now comes the question of where do we go from here? Will this $185 million sequel continue down the same path and further away from what made the franchise unique, or will we see a "Skyfall"-style situation where classic elements and style are reintroduced without sacrificing the freshness and vitality that has come with the revival. From the looks of things, it feels as if everything is going in the right direction. Of course the highly secretive Abrams is playing his cards very close to his chest, so much so that most of the movie remains a big mystery - something that should be embraced as a good thing in this often spoiler-ridden day and age.
The story has the Enterprise crew called home after Starfleet is attacked. Captain Kirk must lead a deadly manhunt to capture the party responsible and settle an old score. That party is "Sherlock" star and British gem Benedict Cumberbatch, an excellent selection for the villain. Despite the name of John Harrison, everyone is still speculating about a bait-and-switch (ala Liam Neeson in "Batman Begins") with the character turning out to be a classic Trek villain that has been re-imagined. Alice Eve also joins the cast for this outing as a young Dr. Carol Marcus.
A recent IMAX preview of the first ten minutes was remarkable. Like "The Dark Knight" and "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol," Abrams shot large segments of the film in IMAX format. It's also coming out in IMAX 3D, but sadly the 3D is a post-conversion job (albeit a very good one). If there's one likely concern on the studio's part, it's that of the international box-office. The first film did brilliantly in the U.S. with a $257 million gross. Overseas though, where 'Trek' was never a big draw, the film pulled in just $127 million. That's a number that will have to be improved upon this time out."