With 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' Abrams' follow up to the 2009 'Star Trek' reboot (or continuation of the series, if you are Spock Prime) he has solidified his position as a master of propulsive, visceral filmmaking. Dude knows where to put the camera, when the music should swell, when the characters should zing each another or when they should project pathos to the cheap seats. The 'Star Wars' films are mostly gut and little brains and, unfortunately, that is what we have here. The movie still works as an exemplary thrill ride – I laughed, I cried, I cheered – but woe be to anyone who gets caught in a conversation afterwards trying to explain the overly complicated and, at times, silly plot. If you expect something a little sharper out of 'Star Trek' you may come away with some mixed emotions.
Star Trek Into Darkness
If 'Star Trek Into Darkness' is anything like its predecessor, it's going to be a visually stunning film filled with some seriously intense action. Well, if there was any doubt about that, go ahead and erase it. A new clip from the film has arrived and it looks to be very much in line with what has come before.
It's almost silly to talk about 'Star Trek Into Darkness' deleted scenes; a movie that hasn't even hit theaters yet. But we spoke with star Simon Pegg this weekend and described to us a scene not in the final film that will be included on the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' DVD and, even though it's a ways off, we already can't wait to see this.
For some 'Star Trek' fans, it was a slap to the face when director J.J. Abrams stopped going where no man has gone before and decided to journey to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. How will they feel when they see Abrams discussing how great 'Star Wars' is with the chief engineer of the Enterprise, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (aka Simon Pegg)?
The cast and crew of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' are currently on a whirlwind publicity tour. Starting in Sydney, then Moscow and Germany, now London. We had the good fortune to speak with Karl Urban (aka Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy) whose comic relief performance in this sequel is just as terrific as in the first.
He does, however, get to do a little scientific work in the picture, and some of it involves medical tests from some old fuzzy franchise friend – the Tribbles.
Sharp-eyed viewers saw a Tribble in the 2009 picture (it's on Scotty's desk during the Delta Vega sequence) but this time he's front and center. We asked Urban about working with a Tribble and he told us a surprising fact.
Perhaps the title was a pretty clear indication of what to expect, but 'Star Trek Into Darkness' looks a little bleak, huh? For a series that's been built on the concept of humanity standing together and bettering itself, it sure is odd to see the phrase "Earth will fall" in a newly released TV spot.
We barely know who the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' villain is (OK, well we pretty much know) - is it possible that at this early stage we've already got a pretty solid idea as to who the 'Star Trek 3' villain will be? Writer/producer Damon Lindelof spoke on the film's red carpet and dropped some information as to who will be facing off against in 'Star Trek 3.'
J.J. Abrams filmed a scene for 2009's 'Star Trek' that featured Klingons but the scene was eventually cut from the movie. While Abrams has been cagey about Khan, he's always been up front that there would - finally - be Klingons in 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' Up until now, we've only seen a fleeting glimpse of what a J.J. Abrams Klingon looked like with its helmet on. But today we get our first look at the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Klingons without their masks. And the verdict is?