Star Trek Into Darkness Directed by: J.J. Abrams Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch Rating: Not Yet Rated Release Date: May 17, 2013
TRAILER SCORE: 4/10
Thoughts by TSR: This looks like basically every trailer for every blockbuster that’s come out in the past few years. There is virtually nothing distinguishing about it, save for the great cast (and even they take a backseat to the onslaught of explosions and CGI). No, everything in this feels derivative. There’s the BRRRMM straight out of Inception, and the CGI overload that would be at home in any number of blockbusters from the past couple years. This is really nothing more than an announcement teaser, so I’m not about to write it off after 60 seconds, but even though I enjoyed 2009’s Star Trek I just can’t do anything more than shrug for Star Trek Into Darkness.
That’s sort of where I have been all along, though. The shroud of mystery that Abrams keeps over all his projects is growing tiresome and this teaser does nothing to assuage that. I mean, what’s the point of keeping the villain this under wraps. Perhaps diehard Star Trek fans love the mystery. For me it’s simply annoying. Based on things I’ve read about characters from the mythos it appears Benedict Cumberbatch (my favorite part of this, though that’s mostly because I adore him on “Sherlock”) could be playing Khan, Gary Mitchell, or some hybrid of the two. Or someone else entirely. Whatever it is, I hope the full length trailer pulls back the veil and reveals a bit more. Hopefully that’s when Star Trek Into Darkness will show that there will be some fun to be had. An actual shot of outer space might not hurt either.