Steve Has Seen the First 9 Minutes of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS in IMAX 3D; Watch a Spoiler Free Video Blog Recap

     December 9, 2012


Loaded with mystery, action, and incredible special effects, the first nine minutes of director J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness was everything I hoped it would be and more.   The best thing I can say about the footage is the second it was over, I wanted to watch it again. I’m counting the days to the film’s release on May 17, 2013.

But let me back up a second.

For those that don’t know, on 500 digital IMAX 3D theatres showing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this weekend, the first 9 minutes of the Star Trek: Into Darkness will be attached.  If this sounds familiar, it’s because Abrams and Paramount are copying the Christopher Nolan playbook with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises by showing the prologue before a big Christmas release.  To raise awareness for the footage, Paramount and Bad Robot invited a group of reporters from around the world to check it out tonight at the AMC Century City in Los Angeles.  Before the event started, Abrams talked to us about the movie, and how he didn’t want us to do a scene by scene breakdown of the footage in our write-up.  Hit the jump for more.


Click here to check out a new image from the film.

As I just said, Abrams seemed really happy and excited when he introduced the 3D footage, as we were the first people to see the opening of the movie.  Since Abrams stressed not spoiling the footage, and since it’s something I hate doing, I’ll just say the first nine minutes has a Raiders of the Lost Ark feel to it (you’ll understand why soon) and we do get to see a bit more of Benedict Cumberbatch as the film’s villain.

However, the majority of the footage features the entire cast (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, and Simon Pegg) having to deal with a very stressful situation that’s clearly setting up a larger portion of the story.

Also, you get to see more of future Earth, another planet, and a few other surprises.  Trust me, if you loved Abrams’ first Star Trek, you’re going to be extremely happy watching this footage, and it’s something you should definitely seek out this weekend before anyone can spoil it for you.

Shortly after seeing the footage, I shot a video blog with Erico Borgo from our partner site, Omelete.

We talked about our reaction to the footage and it’s spoiler free.  Look for more on the Star Trek sequel tomorrow night because I’m spending a few hours tomorrow at Bad Robot in Los Angeles and I’ll be talking to the cast and filmmakers!

Finally, if you have yet to see the Star Trek Into Darkness teaser trailer, click here.


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  • Aix

    For someone who has not even existed yet when TOS aired, I just want to thank JJ and the whole team for introducing me to the Star Trek universe with their 2009 movie. Now I have watched every movie and series of ST and am so looking forward to this one.

    It is just a pity that some Trekkies spoil the fun and just spread hate on Abrams.

  • murphyslaw

    I’m beyond jealous, Frosty. I am dying to see this footage, but The Hobbit is not worth sitting through a second time. I will have to be crafty to get to see this footage…

  • Em

    Why are they showing footage that was shot in IMAX in fake IMAX screens.

    • Mawazi

      Because the Hobbit is 2 hours and 50 minutes long and barely fits on the IMAX film platter as it is. Adding ten minutes of Star Trek preview just doesn’t work. IMAX Digital doesn’t have to deal with the physical size of the film.

      • Sean

        That’s frustrating

  • Joe

    I love the fact that when steve said a lot of people get upset for ‘screwing’ with the characters and they’re jumping on a negative bandwagon before they’ve seen what the cast and crew have done. An ad for the video blog steve did with Devin Faraci for Rise of the Guardians appeared. Faraci has been the biggest bitch when it comes to this movie, whining and complaining about every little thing.

    • Steve

      Well, I find myself in an awkward situation because I suppose I’m one of those people who is dangerously close to jumping on the negative bandwagon. And that’s not generally what I do. I nearly always take the viewpoint expressed by Steve that it’s best to wait and see how the finished film turns out before you start bitching. However…. my issues with the character being Khan have nothing to do with JJ “messing” with established characters. I love that JJ is messing with Star Trek cannon. I was shocked to see Vulcan obliterated but that’s kind of ballsy hubris I admire in a film maker. But the first movie set up a beautiful possibility with its alternate timeline. They allowed themselves to tell any story and not be chained to cannon because of the altered universe. So why go back and show us a character who has already been used TWICE… TWICE already? You could do anything. Why recycle? Yes Khan is a great villain, but it just doesn’t sit well with me that they chose to go with Khan in their second Star Trek movie reboot. It smacks of copycatting. When you consider that they are also heavily influenced by The Dark Knight, the whole endeavor is just beginning to shape up as something uninspired. I hope I’m wrong. Maybe I can get over my reservations when I see what they’ve come up with. Maybe they have brilliantly turned the premise of rehashing a character who has already appeared in a TV episode and another full length movie (and who is not Indian, as Khan was before Nero changed the timeline… apparently his changes rippled back in time as well to alter where Khan was born). I sincerely hope my misgivings are crushed on May 17.

      • Sean

        He’s been used twice in a span of 50 years and the last story was 30 years ago.
        Just looking at the trailer, if this is Khan, it’s not a copycat Khan or a rehash. It is what it should be, a re-imagining in an alternate timeline. Clearly this isn’t Space Seed or Wrath of Khan.

      • CinemaViper

        So, are you sick of the Joker too ? Reimagining characters can be and has been successful. The idea of the alternate timeline allows for creative freedom in direction of characters, but it doesn’t mean that characters would not exist. I loved the combination of new and familiar in the crew of the Enterprise, if this is a new take on Khan it could fill the void from the first film whose non rehashed original character villain was the films greatest weakness.

      • Anonymous

        So, we’re you disappointed in that ” rehashed ” Joker of Heath Ledger’s ? Or Mark Ruffalo’s “rehashed” Hulk in Avengers ? Reimagining of characters is as old as storytelling itself. Even mythological gods were reimagined by storytellers to better relate to the people of the time. In my opinion a reimagined Khan ( if that’s who he is ) would be welcome since the only original character of consequence in the first film , Nero, was by far the weakest part of it. Using your logic Abram’s shouldn’t even introduce the Klingons ?!

  • trekfan

    Thanks for the review. Glad to see how excited you are. What sort of clothes did Cumberbatch wear in his brief scene

  • big deal

    I don’t understand why anyone would want to see a sneak preview of the first 9 minutes of a big upcoming movie. It just seems too much like having a girl start to give you a b j and then half way through stops and walks away or cooking a wonderful meal but not being allowed to have any. I guess to each his own, but it just seems so dissatisfying IMO. I saw the trailer and am looking forward to seeing this movie, but I will wait to see it in its entirety.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, but she promises you she’ll continue and you’ll have 10x more fun for 20x longer guaranteed during the summer.

      Sounds like a good deal.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, but you’re forgetting the fact that she promises to do stuff 10x naughtier and 20x as long no matter what come May 17.

      Sounds like a good deal.

  • Dexvrusp

    What I want to know is if the Man of Steel trailer will play as well? When we saw TDKR in IMAX we got screwed out of the teaser due to the length of the film.

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  • Nomis1700

    DAMN!!! I don’t get to see it in The Netherlands!

    But so f*cking excited for Star Trek Into Darkness!!! Absolutely LOVE it that JJ went with IMAX cameras!!!!

  • buddman

    …looks to me like the gary lockwood 2nd episode…not Khan. The blond actress even looks a bit like the character who was the all powerful baddies girlfriend.

  • Ibrahim Rizwan

    Hey could anyone tell me if they’ll show the star trek imax prologue on the hobbit screenings on the 13th as well?


    If you go to and read their review of the 9 minutes you will read about
    a part where spock says “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”, and
    also parts in the soundtrack which are pretty much dead on giveaway’s to the theme
    used for Khan in ST2.


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  • CinemaViper

    So, we can’t reinvent Khan because he would simply be a “rehashed character”. So were you unhappy with Heath Ledgers “rehashed” Joker ? How Mark Ruffalo’s “rehashed” Hulk in Avengers ? Reimagining of characters has been going on for as long as there have been stories. Even mythological gods evolved throughout generations of storytelling to appeal to the people of their time. A compelling villain is the one thing the first film lacked, I welcome a new vision for Khan ( if that’s who he is). Using your logic we shouldn’t want Abrams to use the Klingons!?

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