“Star Trek Into Darkness” Not as Good as Predecessor

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness (B-) missed its mark in building upon the high standard set by its predecessor. Still, it starts off very exciting and has very nice stunts and effects along the way. Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t get much to do in a throwaway role, but Chris Pine shines once again in the lead. There are just lots of missed opportunities given some homages made to the original series that don’t pay off with as rich an emotional effect as expected.