The Trek teaser (excuse me, the “Announcement” trailer – apparently the actual teaser itself doesn’t come out until December 17), which was released this morning, heralds the twelfth feature film of the timeless science fiction franchise – and the second by director J.J. Abrams. While it really doesn’t give too much insight into what the movie will be about, it makes for a nice montage of beautifully rendered CGI carnage, peppered with shots of actors’ beautifully rendered faces watching said carnage in agonized horror. All this destruction comes pre-packaged with a sultry voice-over of ominous portent, courtesy of that vessel for the most perfect cheekbones in the world more commonly known as Benedict Cumberbatch.
Of course, this brief glimpse Into Darkness gives at least a hint or two of what to expect: a megalomaniacal villain who may or may not be Kahn, an exotic yet menacing world teeming with…um…red shrubbery, and a fairly grim vision of a spaceship – one whose silhouette seems disturbingly similar to that of the Enterprise – crashing into a large body of water.
But there are plenty of other, more important questions that this trailer does not address: will J.J. Abrams be able to retain the energy he established when he gave this franchise a most welcome resuscitation in 2009? Will Chris Pine remain as charming a presence as he was in his initial outing? Will Cumberbatch make for a more interesting villain than Eric Bana? Will co-screenwriter and Prometheus/Lost scribe Damon Lindelof manage to write an ending that doesn’t piss everybody off? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Below is the “Announcement” trailer for Star Trek into Darkness (via YouTube), and below that is an interesting Japanese re-cut (again, YouTube) that incorporates some different footage, including a brief shot that is a blatant evocation of that memorable ending from The Wrath of Kahn. Your thoughts?