I think Star Trek Into Darkness
works on a lot more levels and is much smarter than people want to give it credit for.
It doesn't mean it's flawless or doesn't have its share of 'wtf?' moments.
I agree. I think that generally the characterisation is excellent and we have become de-sensitised to sci fi so that we don't give it credit for the level of imagination it requires. I think most sci fi movies stumble when it comes to story logic and this has applied to Star Wars, Prometheus, and many of the Trek episodes. I was watching the Enterprise Incident and couldn't work out why the Romulans hadn't raised their shields to prevent transporting.