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Star Trek Into Darkness: Footage reaction

I was lucky enough to catch the first nine minutes of footage from the highly anticipated 2013 blockbuster Star Trek Into Darkness.

By Ed_Holden 14/12/2012 14:04

We begin in London in the year 2259, allowing JJ Abrams’ I-Max camera to sweep across a pretty amazing futuristic vision of the capital (we still have trees to go along with massive buildings and flying cars).

 

Noel Clarke (great part for him) is just about to give up on his terminally ill daughter when a sinister voice says “I can save her”. Yes, new villain Benedict Cumberbatch is about to leverage himself a new henchman. Yes, Cumberbatch, widely rumoured to be playing Khan (as in ‘Wrath Of’) is already a bit terrifying.

 

Cut to Class M Planet Nibiru, where our heroes Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones (Karl Urban) are escaping some hostile natives in a bizarre red forest. Meanwhile Spock (Zachary Quinto) is attempting to save the planet by dropping a ‘super ice cube’ into the volcano that’s about to blow them all to smitherines.

 

Sound like Star Trek much to you!? There’s definitely a nod to the original TV series in the way we launch straight into this planetary emergency scenario.

 

As you can imagine, it looks spectacular. Producer Bryan Burk told us that JJ Abrams fell in love with 3D and I-Max (in which the whole movie is shot) when he was introduced to the new technology and he’s actively pushing the boundaries here.

 

“Our villain is much stronger this time round,” Burk reports. And it’s true, Cumberbatch looks amazing in the brief flash we saw.

 

Currently billed as a character called John Harrison (though the weight of Khan rumours is pretty conclusive), Cumberbatch appears chuffed with his new villain. “He’s a terrorist. He does despicable things for what he thinks are good purposes,” he told us at the screening. “He’s a one-man army of destruction,” he added. And we can’t wait to see more of him!

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14/12/2012 15:09
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The "John Harrison" label may be more than a passing nod to the man who made navigation at sea and the accurate day to day measurement of time a reality?
14/12/2012 18:27
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3D...a technology looking for a solution! And film isn't it. Forget the gimmik,s focus on great action and bold storylines.
14/12/2012 22:46
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Looking forward to this, but not the 3D part, its a really annoying fad that is getting on my nerves. I want to watch a movie, not some 3D rubbish. The only 3D I will ever watch is total immersion.
14/12/2012 21:43
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But didn't Ricardo Montalban play the original Khan?  He wasn't Asian, he was Hispanic I think.
14/12/2012 21:07
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I cannot wait. This cast line up was fantastic and the special effects, plot etc was brilliant in their first outing. Watched that dvd over and over.  Bring it on!
14/12/2012 21:07
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I cannot wait. This cast line up was fantastic and the special effects, plot etc was brilliant in their first outing. Watched that dvd over and over.  Bring it on!
09/01/2013 00:17
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If this film is half as a good as the 2009 film, we are gonna be in for a real treat, can't wait.
14/12/2012 17:27
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>>Cumberbatch, widely rumoured to be playing Khan (as in ‘Wrath Of’) is already a bit terrifying.

This will be a strange white Khan then as opposed to an asian one? Actually it's far more likely he's playing Gary Mitchell rather than Khan.
14/12/2012 17:27
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>>Cumberbatch, widely rumoured to be playing Khan (as in ‘Wrath Of’) is already a bit terrifying.

This will be a strange white Khan then as opposed to an asian one? Actually it's far more likely he's playing Gary Mitchell rather than Khan.
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