New Trek teaser disregards the rules

Posted by CB Droege

If you went out this weekend to see Oz: The Great and Powerful, then you’ve already caught this new teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness. For everyone else, the new trailer showcases just how epic a Star Trek story can be when it has the budget and talent.

The new teaser features some really great action set pieces, some of which we’ve already seen in previous promos, but also some new stuff, and it looks like the film will not be short of great high-paced exploits. We also get some closer look at the film’s characterizations and relationships. This Kirk is one who still has lots of lessons in humility ahead of him, and the events of the previous film clearly did not bring he and Spock into BFF status quite yet, though they seem to at least trust one another.

The official synopsis is thus:

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Also this weekend, the first third of the film was shown to various press outlets around the UK in order to get some early pre-review exposure. First off, this kind of move is very risky, and the studio would not ever do this kind of preview unless they were very confident in the quality of the film, which is a good sign. Second, the response was overwhelmingly positive.

"All in all, we’re left expecting a breathless action ride, with plenty of characterization amid the carnage," said Total Film’s Matt Maytum. "And Cumberbatch’s actual role? We’re still none the wiser."

"I can't make any judgement on bigger picture stuff, like how the wider plot hangs together or about the emotional heart of the movie, but on the sci-fi-action-drama axis, it delivers. Like a postman on steroids," said Paul Jones of Radio Times. "The action sequences we saw are spectacular and gripping, there's plenty of humour and some great performances (with honourable mention going to Zachary Quinto as Spock – and not to Simon Pegg's grating parody of chief engineer Scotty)… But the one thing that really stood out based on what we saw today was Benedict Cumberbatch as villain John Harrison (yes, as far as we know that's still his name). We didn't see huge amounts of him but when Cumberbatch is on screen the movie hits another level."

Star Trek into Darkness hits theaters in 2D, 3D and Imax 3D on May 17, 2013.