In case you’d forgotten there are space movies other than Star Wars: The Force Awakens out there this week here is the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, the abandoned child of director JJ Abrams.
Abrams’ absence is immediately clear from this first trailer. Say what you will about his disregard for Trek mythology, he did leave his stamp all over the first two movies. Firstly, there are no lens flares. No, really, we checked. Secondly, and this is the bigger problem, the tone is not something we’re used to in a Star Trek movie.
Watch the trailer here
Sure, at one point, action too was alien to Trekkies and we made that work just fine, mostly because Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness were near-perfect action blockbusters. But a comedy? It just takes a while wrapping your head around it, we guess. Gene Roddenberry, we presume, must be very uncomfortable in his grave.
This one is directed by Justin Lin, the guy behind 4 Fast and Furious films. Lin resurrected that franchise into the behemoth it is today. And unfortunately, it looks like he was hired only because Paramount wanted a major action franchise instead of what they already have: An intelligent science-fiction series. Yes, there’s a throwback to the first movie with the Beastie Boys song, which would have been a better fit in a scene with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker instead of Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.
Not like the previous movies were grim as hell and devoid of humour. But Beyond calls to mind a Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) movie, which was probably not the best idea.
Remember how well they played up Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan in Into Darkness? That first trailer really set the stakes high. This time, there’s some vague mumbling about what essentially sounds like a road trip. Oh and the Enterprise is destroyed. Again.
We also don’t get a look at Idris Elba’s villain. We hear a voiceover which sounds suspiciously like Elba’s Commandant from Beasts of No Nation but nothing else. We just hope they don’t put him in a Scooby Doo mask the whole time.
The whole idea behind this rebooted Star Trek series was to introduce a new generation to the seminal work and for JJ Abrams to pretend he was directing Star Wars. Then, life being life, Abrams actually got to do a Star Wars movie. And we got Justin Lin. Still, Simon Pegg co-wrote the script and that’s the most promising thing we can say about this. Maybe it’ll be a funny comedy. Who knows?
Star Trek Beyond stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban with newcomers Sophia Boutella and Idris Elba. It will arrive in theatres on July 22, 2016.
Here’s Sabotage by the Beastie Boys, in case you’re in the mood for it
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