Star Trek Into Darkness is a masterful production from Director/Producer J. J. Abrams.
It succeeds on every level: Abrams’ directing; script by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof; cinematography by Dan Mindel; production design by Scott Chambliss; editing by Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey; casting by April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg; and the acting of Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Benedict Cumberbatch (Khan), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Zoe Saldana (Uhuru) Alice Eve (Carol Marcus), Anton Yelchin (Chekov) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock Prime).
On top of that, the visual effects and 3D that, for a change, really is worthwhile make this an outstanding film that will appeal, not only to Star Trek fans, but anyone who wants to see a great action film.
The true test of a prequel to stories you’ve already seen is the ability of the production to constantly keep you on the edge of your seat from the potentially fatal peril confronting the protagonist(s). In this regard, Star Trek Into Darkness triumphs throughout.
Not only is Star Trek Into Darkness exciting; it is a lot of fun, not only for, but certainly including, the brilliance of casting such talented lookalikes to the original players. I give it a big 4+ out of 5.