J.J. Abrams returns to the director’s chair. The original cast also returns, meaning the great chemistry they formed in the first movie continues. The dialogue is balanced between an intellectual mind (like Spock’s) and a “go with your gut” attitude like Captain Kirk’s. The plot was smart. Set-ups at the beginning of the film were quite subtle. By the time the pay-offs arrived, you have probably forgotten the set-ups occurred in the first place.
The villain is elusive in more ways than one. The audience doesn't know who to trust or who is telling the truth. In certain parts of the film, good and evil could look the same, which made “Into Darkness” better as you kept trying to put a puzzle together.
The Special Effects were amazing. They blended with the live actors very well, which cannot be said about all films. A climatic scene had to be the battle in outer space while in warp drive. Going at that speed, the tension was on another level altogether. You couldn't help but think, “they’re all gonna die!” while knowing full well the movie couldn't possibly end there. Clearly, the writers make you forget.
Overall, the film makes you “think.” You think about what is right and wrong. Does evil accomplish good in some cases? Is it inevitable that great power corrupts everyone, no matter which side you’re on? Should you risk everyone’s life to save the life of one person? And would you risk your own life to save the lives of many? It all comes down to the choice you want to make.
Star Trek: Into Darkness is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD.