Star Trek Into Darkness Reviews
That being said, it's still aesthetically pleasing, and I recommend it to everyone except die hard Trekkies, who may find the similarities between it and Wrath of Khan infuriating.
I've come to appreciate this film more a few years later. The ensemble dynamic blossoms quite nicely and Benedict Cumberbatch plays an absolutely superb villain.
A decent film, but the story was a big nothing that lacked imagination. Were there interesting ideas in the movie, yes, but Into Darkness squandered the opportunity given to it by its predecessor. That opportunity being a good groundwork from the last film; we know all these characters, we know this world, and like Spock Prime said in the prior film, it's a different timeline so anything is possible. But Into Darkness just gave us a bunch of what we've seen before; all the way down to the "homage" death scene. This is Star Trek, fricking boldly go where no one has gone, don't give us a lackluster and unoriginal story, at least fail trying to do something different.