In 2009, director JJ Abrams propelled the foundering Star Trek franchise back to warp factor 10 with a sexy, action-packed revamp that took the worldwide box office by storm, outperforming the previous three films in the series combined.
For the sequel, Abrams returns with all principal cast to test the bonds of trust and friendship once again between gung-ho James T Kirk (Chris Pine) and coolly logical human-Vulcan science officer Spock (Zachary Quinto). Starfleet is rocked by a terrorist attack in London masterminded by John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). Kirk, who has been stripped of his captaincy and now serves under his mentor, Rear Admiral Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), becomes embroiled in the hunt for Harrison, reuniting him with communications officer Uhura (Zoe Saldana), navigator Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin), chief medical officer Dr Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban), chief engineer Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg) and helmsman Sulu (John Cho). Kirk, Spock and their academy friends race against time to stop Harrison from obliterating everyone and everything they hold dear, including beautiful Dr Carol Marcus (Alice Eve), but how much are they willing to sacrifice in the name of freedom?
Star Trek Into Darkness (12A, 132 mins). Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban,
Simon Pegg and John Cho.