I tend to shy away from theater viewing of films that don’t warrant the potential for being an epic. I like grand vista, thumping sound effects tied into a tightly woven plot that jumps from moment one. I don’t expect unrelenting action but a nice dose doesn’t hurt.
Thus enter: Star Trek Into Darkness, one of the best films I’ve seen in recent memory. With JJ Abrams second foray within the Star Trek universe, Into Darkness evolves the characters and story with some fascinating twists. And though the action is constant but appropriate, the entire experience is more relaxed. The actors seem more at home with their roles and fully embrace the nuances of their roles, all with just a slight tongue-in-cheek demeanor.