Video Blog: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' IMAX Prologue Fires Things Up
by Alex Billington
December 9, 2012
"You think you're safe." I can already tell 2013 is going to be an outstanding year for science fiction. Earlier tonight, Paramount invited a number of journalists to a screening in Los Angeles of the 9-minute IMAX 3D prologue for J.J. Abrams' new sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. It was announced a few weeks ago that the prologue, similar to The Dark Knight, will play in front of IMAX (digital only) screenings of The Hobbit on December 14th - this weekend. Unlike The Dark Knight (or TDKR), it's an intense intro and early tease, and leaves an impact but didn't blow me away. Still, this a hell of a tease that really kicks things up a notch.
We were asked not to reveal a scene-by-scene breakdown of what happens in the footage (but that wasn't my plan anyway). But I can say that it starts with a quick glimpse at Benedict Cumberbatch, but nothing more with him. Then jumps into an action scene with Kirk and Bones on another planet (the red one from the first trailer) and ends with a climactic moment involving Spock. That's as much as I'll say. Like all the other IMAX prologues we've seen, this is an experience that must be had in theaters for yourself. I met up with and recorded a quick video blog with Germain Lussier of SlashFilm with our thoughts. Watch here:
I have very high hopes for Star Trek Into Darkness, the full movie, when it's released next May. Everything about the entire experience looks incredible and exhilarating - Star Trek bigger and better than you've ever seen it before. As I said in the video blog above, the most exciting sequences were the bits in the montage of footage (not from the opening 9 minutes) at the very end. Space battles, epic scenes shot in IMAX, with the same focus on character and emotion (and mystery) that J.J. is known for. The way it opens gave me chills at first, but then by the end all I wanted to do was keep watching. I wish it were May 2013 already! Though I can't wait until next Friday so I can go watch this opening Into Darkness sequence over again… and again.
After the screening, we debated theories about Khan and Gary Mitchell and what's going on in Star Trek Into Darkness with everyone from Germain of SlashFilm to Jen Yamato of Movieline to Anthony Pascale of TrekMovie.com. We'll keep you updated on exciting more coverage of Star Trek Into Darkness from here.
Star Trek Into Darkness is the sequel to the J.J. Abrams-directed reboot of Gene Roddenberry's original science fiction series. The screenplay this time was co-written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof. Most of the crew is back, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin & John Cho. Paramount is bringing Into Darkness to theaters May 17th next summer.