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Watch the new ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ trailer

- March 21st, 2013

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Just over 40 seconds into the new trailer for Into Darkness, Benedict Cumberbatch snarls what is destined to become the catchphrase for this summer’s Star Trek sequel: “Have I got your attention now?”

Rehashing a few scenes from the original clip that debuted late last year, Trekkies get more insight into the Cumberbatch’s villain. Something happened in London, and “the man who did it was one of our top agents,” Peter Weller, who plays Admiral Marcus, says.

Cumberbatch is motivated by revenge – commanders have committed a crime he can’t forgive. No one is safe, and after we see him launch a helicopter attack on Kirk (Chris Pine) and the gang, he cooly asks, “Have I got your attention now?”

Pine, Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Chekhov) and Karl Urban (Bones) pursue Cumberbatch, and after they catch up with him, he doesn’t back down; he threatens them.

“I will walk over your cold corpses,” he mutters.

The new clip reuses Cumberbatch’s “I’m better” line, and after watching this, I’m solidly in the camp that believes he could be the best Star Trek villain ever.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 17, 2013.

Star Trek Into Darkness: Watch the expanded trailer

- December 18th, 2012

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After the first teaser trailer earlier this month, we’re getting an expanded look at next summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness .

The new ad is very much focused on Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk and shows as a longer take of the ‘Red Forest’ chase scene that ends with Kirk leaping off a cliff.

In a voice over, Kirk’s boss Christopher Pike (played by Bruce Greenwood) admonishes the young captain. “You have greatness in you,” Pike says as the camera pans over Kirk. “But there isn’t an ounce of humility. You think you can’t make mistakes, but there’s going to come a moment when you realize you’re wrong about that and you’re going to get yourself and everyone under your command killed.”

Heavy stuff.

We then get another dose of Benedict Cumberbatch (as the film’s villain), who repeats his chilling line from the earlier trailer: “You think you’re safe. You are not.”

Things go boom, but we finally get some scenes off Earth (yay!) and two cool sequences: One of Kirk hurtling through space and another of someone from Starfleet jumping off a skyscraper.

Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Karl Urban (Bones) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) make brief appearances, and the trailer once again ends with that nod (or is it?) to Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.

Check out the trailer and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 17, 2013.

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ trailer brings up Khan?

- December 8th, 2012

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So unless you were off on a beach somewhere (like me), you’ve probably watched the teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, but have you seen the Japanese version?

It runs slightly longer and has a definite reference to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) touch hands through glass as the villain (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) asks, ‘Is there anything you wouldn’t do for your family?’

You’ll remember Kirk and Spock did something similar in the earlier film before the latter died, so one has to ask: Is that intentional? Would they kill off Spock so soon? Not likely. Why give that away if it was going to happen?

As you already know, there has been a lot of talk over Cumberbatch’s character and whether he’s an alternate version of Khan Noonien Singh (who was originally played by Ricardo Montalban). The new trailer doesn’t answer that question. But Abrams was clearly open to the possibility when he discussed the film with MTV in 2009.

“Certain people are destined to cross paths and come together, and Khan is out there … even if he doesn’t have the same issues,” he said.

Khan or not, what we do know about Cumberbatch’s villain is that he is awfully mad at Starfleet.

“You think your world is safe,” he says in a voice oozing Bane-like anger. “It is an illusion, a comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace. For I have returned to have my vengeance.”

Other things, I noticed. For a space movie, much of the action seems to be taking place on land – and water. Kirk does a cliff jump into water, the Enterprise rises out of the ocean, there are volcanoes and lots of earthly explosions (San Fran’s gonna take a pounding in this one). But…where are the stars dude?

We’ll know more when the 9-minute prologue debuts alongside The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Dec. 14.

Star trek Into Darkness hits theatres May 17, 2013.

Check out the two trailers below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Japanese Version

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ plot details surface

- November 28th, 2012

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With only a few weeks before fans get to see the first official footage from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, plot details for the sequel have started to surface giving us additional tidbits about what we can expect.

It’s been speculated that the villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, might in fact be a younger version of Khan Noonien Singh. In case you’re a newb Trekkie, Khan was the memorable antagonist from Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan and the original series’ episode, Space Seed.

A synopsis released by Paramount via The Film Stage doesn’t exactly tell us whether the baddie will be Khan, but does give fans some idea of the challenges Captain James T. Kirk et al will face in the new film.

It reads: “When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

“As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”

Audiences will have a clearer picture when the first 9-minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness screens in IMAX theatres ahead of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens Dec. 14.

The new sequel is written by Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and once again will star Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock). Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller and Cumberbatch round out the cast.

The film is due May 17, 2013.

In the meantime, we want to know: Are you excited by the prospect of seeing a younger version of Khan in the new film? Let us know in the comments.

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