Four long summers ago director J.J. Abrams wowed the hell out of all of us witha Star Trek reboot that was sleek, action-filled and bursting with terrific character moments and a respect for legacy. Now Abrams boldly takes on the Star Trek universe again with Star Trek Into Darkmess and crafts that rarest of things in film: kick ass sequels. Star Trek Into Darkness is more intense, more fun and never crushes character in the service of action. The Enterprise crew is back for another go round, plus one sexy stowaway (Alice Eve). Zachary Quinto once again turns in an bravura performance as the Vulcan Spock, is internal war between his logic and his id ever raging on in his half-human brain. It's that conflict that brings tensions into his friendship with Captain James Tiberius Kirk (Chris Pine, firing on all cylinders), the starship officer not opposed to breaking rules if the life of his crew is on the line (or three ways with alien babes).
Like all great Trek stories, the script from Roberto Orci, ALex Kurtzman and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, is witty and topical. Domestic terrorism is the crux of the plot, pitting Kirk and Spock into a deadly conflict with one hell of a villain. That would be John Harrison, played brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock), and he's a tour de force.
No more spoilers from me except to say that if you watch any of the previous Trek movies in preparation make it the iconic The Wrath of Khan from 1982. Abrams' Star Trek sequel goes big, but never goes stupid, whether its the grandeur of an erupting volcano or a siege upon London and San Francisco. They're all wowser, just like the movie. It's that damn good.