November 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm #75343
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Unveiling 9 Minutes of IMAX 3D Footage
Published: November 14, 2012 @ 3:59 pm
By Brent Lang
“Star Trek” fans will get their first look at what’s next for Captain Kirk and crew thanks to a sneak peek on IMAX 3D screens this December.
Paramount Pictures will premiere nine minutes from the J.J. Abrams sequel, which carries the impressively vague title of “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
The film, which brings back a cast that includes Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, hits theaters on May 17, 2013.
This first look at what’s cooking on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise will play in some 500 digital IMAX 3D theatres beginning Dec. 14. It will serve as the opening act to IMAX screenings of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
Also read: Like “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Mission:Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” the latest “Star Trek” was partially shot using IMAX cameras.
It marks only the third time a first look will be released in IMAX.November 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm #75345
Ok guys. I know I’m not the only “Trekkie” in these parts. I just might check out this ‘sneak peak’. I certainly hope Benedict Cumberbatch makes an appearance, which I strongly suspect he will.
Apparently this is the first time an IMAX film was later converted to 3D.December 6, 2012 at 10:46 am #75347
^It’s a new timeline… I’m thinking it’ll be a fakeout and they’ll find a way to save Spock.December 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm #75348
I am a big Trekkie. Very exctied to hear Benedict Cumberbatch in the trailer! Hope he makes an appearance in the new clip.
That said, the trailer makes it look like another mindless action movie, similar to the previous one. I mean, I enjoyed the previous Trek film. But, it didn’t feel much like Star Trek. And this doesn’t look much like Star Trek, either. Hopefully I am wrong.
It would be a big mistake if Abrams tries to pull an ending similar to “Wrath of Khan”. That movie works because there is a lot of established character history behind it. There is no such history here.
Bah. Star Trek works so much better as a television show than it does on film. I am basically happy with the films as long as they aren’t completely terrible, a la Star Trek V and “Nemesis”.December 7, 2012 at 11:20 pm #75349
Well, it can’t be any worse than the last one. Or can it???December 8, 2012 at 1:17 am #75350
Well, it can’t be any worse than the last one. Or can it???
Lol! The trailer is worrisome, with the explosions and other things going boom. But, it’s Star Trek. I have faith. Cheer up. Remember, it’s this crew who discovered Silicon-based life, Carbon-base. Maybe you’ll like each other.
I like Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and the rest of the crew, including your favorite, Chris Pine. My biggest concern is the writing. I’m hoping for the best.December 17, 2012 at 9:14 am #75351
New trailer is up!March 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm #75353
The previews showcasing Benedict Cumberbatch are really quite something. Initially i had no interest in this film but thanks to him, im now gonna watch it. It was very smart of the distribution company to focus the international trailers on the films strong point which will be Benedict. Because the guy is a fantastic actor and never turns in a bad performance.March 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm #75354
Looks like Cumberbatch’s villain might be The Joker/Loki/Raoul Silva of the franchise. If he and the film deliver, might he be in contention for Supporting Actor, a la Heath Ledger in TDK? Cumberbatch will be in 5 films this year (including Oscar-baity films August: Osage County and The Fifth Estate), has worked with big-name directors like Spielberg and Jackson, and he already has previous award recognition (Emmy and Golden Globe noms) thanks to Sherlock (and perhaps for Parade’s End this year as well).March 22, 2013 at 10:35 pm #75355
Hmm, I feel that Star Trek might not earn the same respect that The Dark Knight did. If anything, I’m thinking reaction to his performance in this will serve to offer a boost to his performance in The Fifth Estate. Hathaway received acclaim as one of the better parts of The Dark Knight Rises, but it wasn’t enough to stir legitimate enough Oscar buzz. Instead, focus was shifted more onto a friendlier Oscar project. I wonder if Cumberbatch may undergo a similar path.April 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm #75356
CinemaCon: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Premieres Footage With Kirk, John Harrison Forming Uneasy Alliance
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto debut 18 minutes of “Star Trek” goodness at CinemaCon
Published: April 15, 2013 @ 9:51 pm
By Brent Lang
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and other members of the “Star Trek Into Darkness” squad took the stage at CinemaCon on Monday to debut 18 minutes of footage from the hotly anticipated sequel.
The thrilling 3D sequences included a daring rescue of Spock from an erupting volcano, as well as a scene in which Capt. Kirk, the brash figure Pine plays, must forge a temporary alliance with John Harrison, the Shakespearean tinged villain portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
The later was probably the more bravura and emotionally charged, featuring a dazzling setpiece that finds Kirk and Harrison hurtling between two badly damaged spaceships while dodging debris. Before they can don space suits, however, Kirk must put aside his hatred of Harrison in order to save his crew.
“I will do everything I can to make you answer for what you did, but right now I need your help,” Kirk tells Harrison.
The other piece of footage that Paramount Pictures, which is producing the film, debuted at the annual exhibition trade show was likely selected to highlight director J.J. Abrams’ use of 3D. “Star Trek Into Darkness” marks the first film in the series shot in 3D, something co-writer Damon Lindelof said Abrams was initially hesitant to employ because he feared it would be “gimmicky.”
It’s too early to declare “Star Trek Into Darkness” a bold step forward in the format like, say, “Life of Pi” and “Hugo,” but the glimpses at CinemaCon show how immersive 3D can be when used by a visual stylist like Abrams.
Not only did volcanoes erupt, sparks and cinders bouncing off the screen, but Abrams camera also followed Kirk and Dr. McCoy as they evaded a tribe of alien creatures while racing through fields of brilliantly red foliage. The colors work to enhance the extra-dimensionality.
In a moment reminiscent of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”s’ famous plunge into raging rapids, the two ship-mates find themselves at the edge of a cliff overlooking a pounding surf. Their jump into the choppy waters may not be quite as iconic, but it certainly makes for a compelling trailer.
The film’s stars and Lindelof were careful not to reveal any spoilers or to give any indication if — as has been teased and postulated about by fanboy blogs across the internet — Harrison is just a pseudonym for Khan Noonien Singh. For those not steeped in U.S.S. Enterprise lore, Khan was the elegant and deadly villain at the heart of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”
In a case of art eerily imitating life, Pine acknowledged that the film and the methods that Harrison uses to exact his revenge on Starfleet mirrors the kind of devastation experienced at the Boston Marathon this week.
“Terrorism is a big part of our lives,” Pine said.
He went on to note that Harrison “…manipulates and uses fear to his advantage” in a way that forces Kirk to question his own abilities as a leader.
Kirk will tackle those doubts when “Star Trek Into Darkness” debuts on May 17, 2013.May 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm #75357
Reviews are trickling in already. 93% on Rotten Tomatoes
Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/star-trek-darkness/review/451154
HitFix: http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/review-abrams-pushes-archetypes-further-and-cranks-up-the-impact-for-star-trek-into-darknessMay 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm #75358
93%? Not surprising so far. Let’s see where it ends up by the end. It wouldnt surprise me if the percentage doesnt drop that much. It’s drooling time for the ST fans. MC’s sitting at 75 after seven reviews. Pretty good.
I’m finding McWeeny’s ‘review’ annoying as hell. Why do I care which side of the equation he falls on? Sheesh. Just exactly where is his actual review? A paragraph or two about his feelings for two of the cast members? Not that I would care what anybody says either way. Lol.
I am really needing an entertaining escapist film and this franchise does that for me.
A stellar review for we fans:
Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
May 2, 2013
Markedly grander in scale, although never at the expense of its richly human (and half-human) characters, “Into Darkness” may not boldly go where no “Trek” adventure has gone before, but getting there is such a well-crafted, immensely pleasurable ride that it would be positively Vulcan to nitpick.