2 1/2 Stars
The thrill of discovery that was such an overriding presence in 2009’s Star Trek is sadly missing from this slick follow-up. If Star Trek represented the creative high of Casino Royale for Trekkies, in the sense of a rather daring dismissal of all before, then Star Trek Into Darkness is the harsh come-down of Quantum of Solace. There is much to like and admire about the new entry, but after a high-spirited first hour, the story and action take on a bloated predictability that borders on tedium. Longtime fans of the series will relish in the reappearance of ‘the villain that shall not be named’.