Most of the logic has leached away from this movie, and with it half of the fun.
Happily, there's a good deal of fun if you like things crashing violently into each other and out of warp-drive at regular intervals.
For all its chasing and falling and fighting-and the movie supplies a great deal of each-Star Trek Into Darkness is at its best when the Enterprise crew are merely bickering and bantering among themselves: less space opera than soap opera.
J. R. Jones
The conceptual sci-fi of the original series is nowhere to be found, though you might enjoy watching the skinny young actors approximate their counterparts from the 60s; Chris Pine is especially good as Captain Kirk.
While the action is often electric, it's the relationships that matter. That, and a lippy regard for a cultural legacy.
The film is, for whatever else it might be, one of the funniest of the Star Trek entries.
Star Trek Into Darkness is a step forward from Abrams' initial foray into this universe in the 2009 movie.
For two movies in a row now -- and possibly even more in the second than the first -- [Abrams has] caught some of the spark of the first Star Trek without either mimicking or desecrating the original.
The result is a wild piece of entertainment that manages to be about something. Beam yourself up for this one.