Has this happened to you? You see a trailer for a movie and you think, "Man, that looks pretty good. I guess I'll go see that when I get a chance". Eventually, you see the film entering the dark cinema with mediocre expectations and leave speechless because you've just had your mind blown to smithereens. This is what happened with Star Trek: Into Darkness.
This film has grown up since it's predecessor in 2009. Jeremy Quinto and Chris Pine, as Spock and Kirk respectively, are on point and a delight to watch. Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison completely steals the show and, for this reviewer, was the reason I was told politely by another moviegoer to stop squealing in delight so loudly.
Star Trek purists may find some issues with this film and want to point out some inconsistencies with previous stories. As the story takes place in an alternate universe that was established in the first film, some liberties will be taken and some famous moments may be slightly altered but not without reason or merit and it certainly doesn't detract from the incredible power of this film.
So, stop what you're doing, change your plans, and tell your friends and family that you're busy and go see this film. It's damn near perfect. It's incredibly fun, edge-of-your-seat-pull-out-your-hair-if-you-have-any thrilling, humorous, mindful, and intense. Stop reading. Tell your dog to walk herself and be on your way. (see it in 3D for more mind-blowidge)
8 out of 5 stars (yeah, I can do that)
Aaron "I didn't have any hair to pull out so I pulled out the hair of the person sitting next to me" Leon
"Let's go get this sonofabitch!"