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We check out the first 9 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness and here's what we thought of it!

Dec. 10, 2012by: JimmyO

On Sunday evening, a number of film journalists were invited by Paramount to get an early glimpse of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. To be specific, it was a preview of the first 9 minutes which will be shown at IMAX screenings of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY this coming weekend. Yet lets get this out of the way right now, I will not be describing to you the footage in full, moment by moment detail, simply because before the screening began, J.J. Abrams himself showed up and asked us to avoid going into too much detail as we write about what we were about to witness. In fact, we were shown this short footage so we would have something to discuss before our visit to Bad Robot in Santa Monica where we would get a behind the scenes look at the much anticipated sequel to his 2009 hit more on that coming soon. Of course, just in case, MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

As far as the 9 minutes in question, I can honestly say that I loved what I saw. Without giving too much away, yes we saw the introduction of Benedict Cumberbatch as they didnt say! Is this ominous villain the wrath fueled Khan? Id say its not a bad bet to take. Cumberbatchs presence doesnt arrive until after we meet a young couple (Nazeen Contractor and Noel Clarke) who seem to be looking for a miracle as their daughter is clearly very sick, lying in a hospital bed. Cumberbatch appears to Clarke and offers the possibility of saving his childs life. There is no explanation given as to how this affects the film. In fact, there was nothing really explained as far as the main storyline however, these short scenes are clearly hints as to what is to come.

We next cut to Nibiru, a planet about to face certain devastation with a massive volcano about to erupt. If you have any worries about the sequel feeling a little too dark and gloomy, have no fear, the humor is not lost here. In many ways this opening sequence felt inspired by RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK we all know that Mr. Abrams has been inspired by Spielberg before. While Kirk and Bones (Chris Pine and Karl Urban) attempt to lead the planets population away from certain death and destruction, the two find themselves running for their lives from the very group that they are trying to protect. The action and dialogue here is top-notch as is the way they introduce the remaining cast members including Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho) and Scotty (Simon Pegg).

It would be an understatement to say that the first nine minutes of INTO DARKNESS are pretty darn good. In fact, while I was looking forward to the film beforehand, being of fan of Abrams first STAR TREK film, my excitement level for this new film has risen to new heights. The IMAX 3D is certainly impressive, as well as the cinematography by Daniel Mindel and the epic score by Michael Giacchino. Truth be told, a lot can happen AFTER nine minutes of a movie that can quickly ruin the fun for everybody. I honestly dont see that happening here. For me, there is no doubt that I will be counting the days until May 17th, 2013, when STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS descends into theatres.

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9:32AM on 12/11/2012
Excited to catch this! The Next Generation is always my favorite.
Excited to catch this! The Next Generation is always my favorite.
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8:27AM on 12/11/2012
Double post. Sry.
Double post. Sry.
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8:26AM on 12/11/2012

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Voyager, its a childhood memory from the 90s and Janeway makes any other leader jealous.
Voyager, its a childhood memory from the 90s and Janeway makes any other leader jealous.
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6:40PM on 12/10/2012
I'm convinced. Gary Mitchell.
I'm convinced. Gary Mitchell.
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4:32PM on 12/10/2012
Hope it didn't have too many lense flares. Love Abrams and the first Trek but that shit got annoying.
Hope it didn't have too many lense flares. Love Abrams and the first Trek but that shit got annoying.
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3:45PM on 12/10/2012
Everything points toward Cumberbatch being Gary Mitchell. There's more Mitchell than Khan in the evidence.
Gary is basically like Dr. Manhattan, which could explain the scene with the sickly girl. Gary can probably heal her with his powers.
Gary also "aimed a 'little blonde lab technician' towards Kirk", which to me is Alice Eve.
Everything points toward Cumberbatch being Gary Mitchell. There's more Mitchell than Khan in the evidence.
Gary is basically like Dr. Manhattan, which could explain the scene with the sickly girl. Gary can probably heal her with his powers.
Gary also "aimed a 'little blonde lab technician' towards Kirk", which to me is Alice Eve.
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9:09PM on 12/10/2012
But Mitchell gain his powers DURING a mission aboard the Enterprise, so how could he be already omnipotent on earth ?
And you keep forgetting the rule "if a character or a story is used in the comics, it WON'T be used in a future film"... And the Mitchell storyline has been done already in the comics...
But Mitchell gain his powers DURING a mission aboard the Enterprise, so how could he be already omnipotent on earth ?
And you keep forgetting the rule "if a character or a story is used in the comics, it WON'T be used in a future film"... And the Mitchell storyline has been done already in the comics...
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3:38PM on 12/10/2012
It seems taking their time to make a sequel has paid off. (Take note, studios).
It seems taking their time to make a sequel has paid off. (Take note, studios).
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3:37PM on 12/10/2012

Nibiru...

...is also the name of the supposed 10th planet that's part of our solar system in an elliptical orbit.
...is also the name of the supposed 10th planet that's part of our solar system in an elliptical orbit.
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3:54PM on 12/10/2012
Yeah and it's supposed to hit us in less than 2 weeks. And to think 4 years ago I believed that shit.I was scared shitless, not even going to lie. But 3 months later I came to my senses and was like "Wait.. what?"
Yeah and it's supposed to hit us in less than 2 weeks. And to think 4 years ago I believed that shit.I was scared shitless, not even going to lie. But 3 months later I came to my senses and was like "Wait.. what?"
10:36AM on 12/11/2012
I don't think the end of the world was ever supposed to be caused by Nibiru hitting us, I think it had to do more with natural disasters on Earth because of the galactic alignment of the Milky Way. Either way, I don't see anything happening on the 21st, especially since I really want to see Jack Reacher lol
I don't think the end of the world was ever supposed to be caused by Nibiru hitting us, I think it had to do more with natural disasters on Earth because of the galactic alignment of the Milky Way. Either way, I don't see anything happening on the 21st, especially since I really want to see Jack Reacher lol
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