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Trekking into the future

A first look at the pre-production footage of Star Trek Into Darkness promises edge of the seat action.

hollywood Updated: Apr 13, 2013 00:44 IST
Robin Bansal

The year is Stardate 2259.55 (or February 2259) and the crew of the starship, USS Enterprise, is already in mission, A handful of people from the trade and selected journos in Mumbai got an early look at the footage of Star Trek Into Darkness at the IMAX theatre early this week during an all-India exclusive 30 minute plus preview of the sequel to the 2009 reboot and technically the 12th Star Trek film.

We were there too and what we saw was mind boggling action on the big screen. It started with a brief pre-recorded introduction from director JJ Abrams. He talked about having shot the sequel from a stand-along point of view to rid the new (generation) viewers of the baggage of having seen The Original Series or even the 2009 reboot. The film sets off a year after the reboot and the same cast reprises their roles, with the addition of actors Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock fame and Alive Eve. Not many dialogues are heard from Cumberbatch’s character John Harrison, but his expressions do the talking and his deeds make him a formidable adversary.

Spock, played by actor Zachary Quinto, steals the limelight with his straight-face remarks. So does actor Simon Pegg led Scotty with his antics. Watch out for the USS Enterprise, as it goes beyond its long known environment and will wow the Trekkies, as the movie franchise’s fans are called. The footage also gives a subtle hint at genetic engineering, which is outlawed in the United Federation of Planets.

We saw the footage in 2D, as Abrams is still busy with the 3D conversion. However, he has definitely shot the film keeping 3D in mind. The attempt is to make Star Trek as grounded as possible with a new take in an alternate universe in continuum with the essence of the whole franchise.

(The writer’s trip was sponsored by Viacom18 Motion Pictures that is distributing the film in India)