Star Trek Into Darkness preview


Today I was invited along with fellow reviewers to watch the 34 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness footage to whet our appetite for the movie.

It worked.

If the whole Star Trek Into Darkness looks like de 34 minutes that I saw, then we better be ready for a great ride! Now that I got that out of my chest, let’s talk about the images we saw. Warning, I’m being as vague as I can be but this may still contain spoilers.

Before all we got a small video of J.J. Abrams talking about his movie and his excitement with the 3D process despite him not liking the idea at the beginning. We were to be shown 2D images though, since they didn’t have the finished product yet.

There was excitement and beautiful images from the get-go. It starts on an adventure on an alien planet where the crew is trying to save it and save each other even when it contradicts the Prime Directive (no interference with the internal development of alien civilizations). It’s all very exhilarating and also serves as a good introduction to the characters. If you haven’t seen the first movie or don’t have a geeky bone in your body and don’t know a thing about Star Trek, those first  minutes show us who these people are, their relationships and their motivations.


After the situation is resolved, we are back on Earth and we see our first introduction to villain John Harrison. Let’s just say Benedict Cumberbatch is in top form and looks great. Nothing much is said about his motivations or origins, but can see he’s an enemy within, is dangerous and has a beef with Starfleet. We can also see Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine) is about to make this very personal.

And so we were show the first 28 minutes of the movie. After that we were shown a couple of scenes that included the Enterprise malfunctioning and about to fall to Earth; and a chase between John Harrison and Spock (Zachary Quinto). Before we knew it, time was up, and we were left wanting more.

I’m glad that all the characters we care about had a moment to shine in these images. We saw them all: Kirk, Spock, Uhura, McCoy, Scotty, Chekov, Sulu and Captain Pike. Curiously there was no Alice Eve as Dr. Carol Marcus yet. But what we saw certainly served the purpose of a preview, which is getting us pumped for the full movie. I for one will be probably end up watching Star Trek Into Darkness at least twice.

As a final note, I must say I didn’t detect an overly use of lens flare. Not that I was looking for it, I was too excited with the images; but it was very obvious in the previous movie. Maybe it’s for the best, considering the 3D conversion this will get. So thank you J.J. Abrams for trying not to blind us.

Star Trek Into Darkness premieres on May 17, 2013.


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