It’s finally here! Our first real look at J.J Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness. It’s rare to get any actual information from the people at Bad Robot so a new trailer is pretty big news! Let the speculation continue as we crawl towards the May 2013 release.
Here are five of my favorite moments from the trailer:
5. “YOU THINK YOU’RE SAFE?”
Star Trek Into Darkness looks like it features an angry and formidable foe. Time will tell if the character played by Benedict Cumberbatch is John Harrison as they say. But he still might turn out to be Kahn or Gary Mitchell.
4. THE CLIFF
This is an incredible shot of Kirk & Bones running through a red forest before leaping off a tremendous cliff.
3. STARSHIP SPLASH
The image of a Starship (I’m assuming it’s not the Enterprise) crashing into water is as epic as it gets.
2 ADMIRAL PIKE’S VOICE OVER
The first half of the trailer is dominated by admiral Pike’s brilliant voice over. He warns Kirk to learn humility before he gets himself and his crew killed.
1. HANDS ON GLASS
“Is there anything you would not do… For your family?”
An iconic moment from the Wrath of Kahn returns as Spock & Kirk find themselves on opposite sides of the glass.
I’ve decided to dedicate this special 25th edition of The Rundown to J.J Abrams and continued coverage of the amazing Super 8.
J.J Abrams has yet to be involved in a project that I didn’t absolutely adore. The man is one of the most gifted pure storytellers on the planet. He’s been handed the keys to several huge franchises like Mission: Impossible and Star Trek and he exceeded expectations every time.
But it’s his original projects that make him great. He has given us amazing feature films like Cloverfield and unbelievable television projects like Lost, Fringe and Alias.
I remember thinking that the film could crack my top 10 of all time about 30 minutes into the film. There was no monster yet. There was only a group of kids dealing with very real and very relatable issues.
In an interview over at /Film, Peter Scirreta made a comment that was spot on:
“Most action movies these days you don’t care much about the characters. This movie, I could have seen a whole movie in an alternative reality where the train never crashes and it’s just a Stand By Me-style drama following the kids and I would have still loved it.”
J.J Abrams’ response was fascinating to me:
“I love that you said that. Thank you so much for that.”
His intention was to make a movie that could stand on it’s own without the monster becoming a crutch as the story moved along. Super 8 is more about the kids than the monster yet it’s still packed with action and thrills.
The full interview is a great read with J.J commenting on everything from working with Spielberg, to Lost’s infamous smoke monster.
The story behind Super 8 is just as intriguing as the movie itself. Abrams describes how the story came to be in an interview posted on Flicks and Bits.
“Super 8 came out of two separate ideas. One was an idea of doing a film about kids making super 8 movies in the late 70’s, early 80’s. And the other one was an idea of a monster movie that I’d had. One was a group of characters I had loved, but without a story that I thought would compel people to go and see it. And the other was a compelling premise but with no original characters. So I kind of combined the two and found that they serviced each other in a cool way.”
From a screenwriting perspective, the idea of combining two completely separate ideas is both inspiring and terrifying. You’ll never know what happen if you take the best elements of two ideas and combine them.