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After "Star Trek" got nominated for a Producer's Guild of America, pundits thought the first installment would get an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. However it failed. Four years later "Star Trek Into Darkness" could redeem the series and obtain the coveted Oscar nomination.
The lastest J.J Abrams film has obtained rave reviews from critics all around and currently has a 90% aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety stated that "'Into Darkness' may not boldly go where no 'Tre'" adventure has gone before, but getting there is such a well-crafted, immensely pleasurable ride that it would be positively Vulcan to nitpick."
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The New York Magazine was also positive and said "Abrams has a gift for making us feel as if Star Trek Into Darkness vaulted from our own Trek-ish daydreams."
Contact Music also praised it and said "After his successful re-imagining of the Star Trek universe four years ago, Abrams dives even deeper into the mythology, which is thrilling for fans but might leave newcomers feeling a bit lost."
Movies.com added, "Remember, this is the summer movie season, where spectacle trumps all, and boy does this movie know how to show off its more spectacular moments. Trust me, you'll have a good time."
However even if the film receives praise it will ultimately be up to the Academy to choose whether it gets nominated. The organization has been resistant to give recognition to genre films, especially franchises. They have nominated "Avatar," "Inception," and "District 9" but have shown their dislike for "The Dark Knight" series as well as "The Avengers" and "Iron Man."
The film, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Zoe Saldana, follows the crew of the Enterprise after they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization. As a result Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.
Paramount will open "Star Trek" in 4,000 theaters and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.