With Star Trek Into Darkness now just a month away, Paramount Pictures have released the final fist-biting trailer.
Ratcheting up the action of the previously released trailers the familiar trope of James T. Kirk’s rebel captain and the unfamiliar one of John Harrison’s one man avenging adversary, the new trailer delivers even more havoc and — well — as we’re told near the beginning, the “darkness is coming.”
Hard choices for Kirk, as ever, promise to present. “You think you can’t make mistakes,” Bruce Greenwood’s Christopher Pike tells the young Captain. “But the choices you make could get yourself and everyone under your command killed. But I believe in you Jim.”
Scenes of the devastation wrought on a chrome-y, future Earth follow in quick sequence heightened by sotto voce voice-overs from Benedict Cumberbatch’s Harrison.
At one point, he says: “No ship should go down without her captain.”
From what’s gone before, we know that a terrorist attack from within Starfleet recalls the Enterprise crew home.
They embark on a desperate hunt to find the architect of the horror, which sees the crew facing seemingly endgame odds — “we’re outnumbered, outgunned” — and a very possible (at least in the movie) last stand.
“I think a lot of maturing happens in this film for Kirk, for a man who thinks he knows everything and leads with his gut and leads with his heart …” Pine said at CinemaCon. “He’s a man that has to learn to censor himself sometimes, and our bad guy, John Harrison, basically levels this mirror in front of Kirk in which he sees all of his vulnerabilities and his fallibility and everything that is wrong with how he leads his men and women into battle. And it brings him to his knees.”
From the look of the trailer there’s a strong chance that director J.J. Abrams will exceed even the brilliance of the 2009 reboot Star Trek that breathed new life into a languishing franchise.
Pine, Cumberbatch, the glorious Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Nyota Uhura), have all been given the new poster treatment.
The above will debut in Star Trek Into Darkness with Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, and newbies Peter Weller, Noel Clarke and Alice Eve on May 17 general and May 15 in IMAX theaters.
The wait is nearly over.