The giddiness of “Star Trek” is gone, but “Star Trek Into Darkness” maintains its love of character and pathos, the other great selling points of this re-booted sci-fi franchise. There’s action in abundance and some production design flourishes that are as eye-popping as any science fiction ever to hit the screen.
But as our old friend Ricardo Montalban said 30 years ago in “The Wrath of Khan,” still the best of the “Star Treks”: “It is veeery coooooold in space.” “Into Darkness,” for all its dense textures and epic scale, left me cold.
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STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Rated PG-13: intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence
Running time: 2 hours, 12 minutes
Now showing: Area theaters