Star Trek Into Darkness is pretty much what you’d expect, as long as you’re not expecting a good movie. Trekkies, the general population, and halfwit critics alike have rendered judgement in its favor. I’m a moderate Trekkie, but the cinephile in me trumps my Trekkieness.
Very few people will remember this movie five years from now. Now think of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, of which this movie was a very loose remake. For fans of good movies, whether or not they are Trekkies, The Wrath of Khan still resonates. When you compare those two films, I say that any true Trekkie would weep at this 2013 offering. A true Trekkie could no more laud Into Darkness than scorn Wrath of Khan.
A.O. Scott mirrors my thoughts in his Times review:
…it’s hard to emerge from “Into Darkness” without a feeling of disappointment, even betrayal. Maybe it is too late to lament the militarization of “Star Trek,” but in his pursuit of blockbuster currency, Mr. Abrams has sacrificed a lot of its idiosyncrasy and, worse, the large-spirited humanism that sustained it.
He goes on to call the movie “uninspired hackwork”, another sentiment I share. Beyond general lameness, Into Darkness was also never particularly dark, and the Khan character didn’t work for me any more than the rest of the movie. A failure on most fronts, I liked enough of it, including some of the music and 3-D visuals, to render a 3/10.