‘Into Darkness’ an exhilarating ride for ‘Trek’ crew

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness” simply has to convince us that 2009’s “Star Trek” wasn’t a fluke, and that the rejuvenated crew of the USS Starship Enterprise has the iconic heft to go the distance. That the new movie does so — expertly, exhilaratingly — is a mark of director J.J. Abrams’s uncanny ease with modern Hollywood formulas.

There’s a plot involving a past villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch, but it takes a back seat to the sheer energy of the storytelling—the way the movie presses forward with a high-spirited wit and sense of purpose that makes other action extravaganzas look backward. All Abrams wants to do is give us a great ride while holding firm to our longstanding emotional investment in these characters.

-- Ty Burr, Globe Staff

The movie was released early overseas. Check out a few reviews from other publications:

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