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12.15.2015
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One of the several new high-profile trailers to be released in the past several days was our first look at Justin Lin's STAR TREK BEYOND. As a life-long Star Trek fan, this was my most anticipated trailer of the week, but unfortunately I was left underwhelmed. Perhaps it was the Beastie Boys soundtrack (I'm not a fan, sorry), but it didn't feel like Star Trek to me; however, as Justin Lin reminds us, this is only a minute and thirty seconds of a two hour movie. After the release of the STAR TREK BEYOND trailer, Justin Lin sat down with a group of reporters and discussed the new trailer, Idris Elba's villain, and pushing the Star Trek franchise further.

Justin Lin on Idris Elba's villain, who goes by the name of Krall:

He’s a character that has a very distinct philosophy that’s very different than…I think it’s great being a fan and a lot of times I watch Utopia, East San Francisco, and I always feel like, “Oh wow.” When you’re building this movie, you’re like, “So they don’t have money. How do they live? How do they compete?” And those are things that I think his character in a way has a very distinct and valid point of view. His character is really challenging the way of The Federation’s philosophy and there’s just a lot of things that I think when I was growing up I wanted to see.

On the origins of the title:

It came from my initial conversation with J.J. He kinda tracked me down and we’re talking and I didn’t know what to expect. I thought maybe he’s offering to go shoot a script that existed, and he said, “No, it’s yours. Go and be bold, and just take it. Be bold and make it what you think you would do to Star Trek,” and the more we talked about it the more we kept saying, “Well, let’s keep pushing, let’s keep pushing,” and that’s when Simon kinda said, “Well, it should be Star Trek Beyond,” and it was his idea and it kinda came from all our conversations and then we looked at each other and like, “Oh! That sounds like the title of this film.”

On how Krall might challenge the philosophy of the Federation:

What would happen if you’re going on a five-year journey and you’re trying to also not only explore but also maybe introduce other people to this way of thinking? What would that mean? What are the consequences to that? Spreading a philosophy that you believe in, that you think is great, are there gonna be any other points of views that are going to counter you? It’s easy to preach what The Federation is about and how you’re supposed to act, but what happens when that gets stripped away? Who are you? That’s something that I was excited to explore.

On using the Beastie Boys in the trailer:

It’s in the DNA of this canon it was in the ’09 Trek, and I think…For me it was not… I wanted to make sure, I mean, we went through different iterations of the teaser and I wanted to make sure that whatever we did here it’s using all the elements that’s in the film. So it’s been a part of this Kirk’s journey, so I felt like it was very organic in ultimately the finished film.

On hoping STAR TREK BEYOND pushes the franchise further while also keeping the plot and characters true:

I felt like the recipe was to do the two things that I love about Trek: To push it further, introduce new species and hopefully new adventures, but at the same time the core thing I love about Trek is it’s about the characters, and about reexamining humanity and the Federation.

STAR TREK BEYOND warps into theaters on July 22, 2016.

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Source: Collider

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10:59AM on 12/17/2015
I would call the other movies fun at best, so I'm not expecting much out if this one either. But I don't see anything that makes me want to run away screaming, so at least there's that!
I would call the other movies fun at best, so I'm not expecting much out if this one either. But I don't see anything that makes me want to run away screaming, so at least there's that!
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8:16AM on 12/16/2015
I hope Chris Pine plays the flute like Patrick Stewart
I hope Chris Pine plays the flute like Patrick Stewart
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10:31PM on 12/15/2015
I understand the fans not feeling Star Trek from that trailer. Aside from the fake planets and Chris Pine's hair (they finally got it right!), we don't get anything of substance here. What we do get is loads of confidence. A wink and a nod that "Yep, they're back!" That's not maybe what people were expecting, but I'm glad that they're feeling confident enough about this series that they're willing to take this gamble. And in the end, you know this is a teaser of things to come. It's not
I understand the fans not feeling Star Trek from that trailer. Aside from the fake planets and Chris Pine's hair (they finally got it right!), we don't get anything of substance here. What we do get is loads of confidence. A wink and a nod that "Yep, they're back!" That's not maybe what people were expecting, but I'm glad that they're feeling confident enough about this series that they're willing to take this gamble. And in the end, you know this is a teaser of things to come. It's not supposed to tell you anything. But apparently it is supposed to tell you this is going to be a bit lighter than the last movie.
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10:11PM on 12/15/2015
Loved the first two and am excited about Beyond. I just hope that the story isn't dumbed down to make all of the action scenes stand out more. But with Pegg involved (and knowing he's a huge fan and talented writer), I'm resting easy on that aspect.
Loved the first two and am excited about Beyond. I just hope that the story isn't dumbed down to make all of the action scenes stand out more. But with Pegg involved (and knowing he's a huge fan and talented writer), I'm resting easy on that aspect.
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10:10PM on 12/15/2015

Not what the trekkie in me wants.

It's just the first trailer so I won't get to cranky yet, but has a childhood star trek super fan this did nothing for me. I liked the 2009 movie a lot. Into darkness however felt lazy to me. They started a whole alternate universe to recycle a few movie plots apparently. This trailer was nothing but action, it felt like a t.v. spot, nothing to get me interested. I'm still hoping with Pegg helping pen the script, the dialogue and plot development is more up to snuff with what most trekkies
It's just the first trailer so I won't get to cranky yet, but has a childhood star trek super fan this did nothing for me. I liked the 2009 movie a lot. Into darkness however felt lazy to me. They started a whole alternate universe to recycle a few movie plots apparently. This trailer was nothing but action, it felt like a t.v. spot, nothing to get me interested. I'm still hoping with Pegg helping pen the script, the dialogue and plot development is more up to snuff with what most trekkies want.
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