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Star Trek Footage Review

Star Trek

It seems that the future of the Star Trek franchise is in good hands with Abrams at the helm.

IGN was invited to a very special preview of the new Star Trek movie in London this morning, and we’re pleased to report that the footage screened was little short of spectacular.

Taking place at the Vue West End in Leicester Square, and with director J.J. Abrams introducing, the presentation featured the worldwide premiere of four extended clips from the film, plus a screening of the trailer which is due to hit cinemas next week.

We’re going to give a detailed description of what we saw, so those who want to avoid spoilers should look away now, but be safe in the knowledge that the franchise is in good hands, with Abrams, his writers and cast looking to have successfully rebooted the franchise and then some.

The Trailer

The trailer kicks off with a sports car being driven at high speed down a dirt road, chased by what appears to be a motorcycle. The car careers towards a cliff face and the driver bails just as it is about to go over the edge, revealing himself to be a child. The biker dismounts his now hovering cycle and appears to be not of this Earth. “What’s your name?” he barks. “James Tiberius Kirk,” comes the reply.

Cut to grown-up Kirk looking mean and moody as a voiceover talks about his being meant for something better, something special. This is quickly followed by a variety of shots of Spock — young/older/Nimoy — before segueing into a variety of stock trailer shots. So cue quick-cut space battles, shouting, explosions, phasers being fired, some brief sex and a quip from Scotty: “I like this ship; it’s exciting!”

The trailer then ends with Eric Bana, heavily made up as Romulum Nero, exclaiming, “The wait is over!”

Abrams then hit the stage to rapturous applause, before admitting he was never really that big a Star Trek fan, but that he appreciated the optimism of the franchise. He added that he also liked the promise of adventure in the original series, but for whatever reason, perhaps budgetary constraints, he felt it never really delivered on that promise. He said that he hoped to make good with his version, and then proceeded to screen the first clip.

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