‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ opening scene boldly goes into IMAX
On Sunday evening, director J.J. Abrams presented a first look at the opening nine minutes of "Star Trek Into Darkness," the follow-up to his reboot of the long-running sci-fi saga. And both hardcore Trekkers and casual fans will be happy to know that the preview -- which will be screening in IMAX in front of "The Hobbit" starting on Friday -- is a fun, energetic reintroduction to the Enterprise crew that leaves you wanting more.
Benedict Cumberbatch in the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' trailer (Photo: Paramount Pictures)
The footage starts off on Earth, specifically 23rd Century London. A sullen-looking married couple wake and head off to a hospital, where their daughter lies unconscious in a bed. The father (Noel Clarke of "Doctor Who") later stands on the terrace looking out when he hears a low, rather ominous voice who announces that he can save the girl. It cuts to reveal Benedict Cumberbatch (TV's "Sherlock" -- apparently Abrams watches a lot of BBC), who we know is the villain of the film, but the identity of the character he plays is not disclosed in the preview. So we've most likely got several months of speculation still to come on that.
Kirk and Bones land on this alien planet (Photo: Paramount Pictures)
Then it cuts to another planet. It's the site of that reddish jungle that can be seen in last week's announcement trailer. The scene joins Kirk (Chris Pine) and McCoy (Karl Urban) right in the middle of a mission to save the planet's indigenous people. But since the aliens don't yet have advanced technology, Starfleet's Prime Directive mandates that the crew can't be seen to interfere. That means that Spock (Zachary Quinto) has to secretly drop into an active volcano to stop it from erupting and killing the species.
Spock wears a special heat suit to enter the volcano (Photo: Paramount Pictures)
Abrams did say before the footage began that there had been a lot of talk when the teaser was released that the new movie looked too dark and morose, and he assured us that while it was called "Into Darkness," it still was a lot of fun. This opening scene backed up his claim. It's a joy to see the whole Enterprise crew back together, and everyone -- including Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu, and Anton Yelchin as Chekov -- gets a moment to shine.