A Star Trek film that anyone of any level of fandom can enjoy; and quite possibly 'The Dark Knight' of the Trek world. Whilst not as nuanced or as anarchic as Christopher Nolans stellar sequel, Into Darkness offers enough great action, laughs and character development (see; Kirk, Spock and Scotty) to justify its release.
Also, Benedict Cumberbatch is absolutely superb. Once the credits roll, you'll be craving more of his sadistic, ruthless and brilliant portrayal of a severely unhinged mind. I can only hope his character returns in the inevitable sequel.
A tense, claustrophobic and creepy first half lets way to an over the top gore fest in the second half; something I didn't particularly like, but looking at it, perfectly captures the spirit of the original with the latter half and creates it's own image with the former.
Jane Levy is great in the lead role, the practical effects and makeup are fantastic, and the camera work is strong. A little more work on some of the supporting characters and a bit less exposition and this would've been perfect.