“Star Trek Into Darkness” simply has to convince us that 2009’s “Star Trek” wasn’t a fluke, and that the rejuvenated crew of the USS Starship Enterprise has the iconic heft to go the distance. That the new movie does so — expertly, exhilaratingly — is a mark of director J.J. Abrams’s uncanny ease with modern Hollywood formulas.
There’s a plot involving a past villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch, but it takes a back seat to the sheer energy of the storytelling—the way the movie presses forward with a high-spirited wit and sense of purpose that makes other action extravaganzas look backward. All Abrams wants to do is give us a great ride while holding firm to our longstanding emotional investment in these characters.
-- Ty Burr, Globe Staff
The movie was released early overseas. Check out a few reviews from other publications:
Star Trek Into Darkness goes too boldly ? and warps the enterprise gu.com/p/3fnkn/tw— Guardian Film (@guardianfilm) May 14, 2013
3 out of 4 Star Trek. Here's our review of "Into Darkness" bit.ly/15JkFhz— Newsday (@Newsday) May 14, 2013
Have you watched Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend? See if you agree with what we thought in our Spoilercast: go.ign.com/13a0CS2— IGN UK (@IGNUK) May 12, 2013