A good movie trailer accomplishes a few things. It excites the fan base, it is visually awesome, and it tells little about the actual film. The trailer for “Star Trek Beyond”, which dropped a couple of days ago achieved all of those things. The trailer certainly is action packed, and when I say that it “excites the base”, it certainly did that, just not necessarily in a good way.
The trailer starts with a tiny dose of the familiar, as the Beastie Boys “Sabotage” blasts in the background. The die hardiest of trekkies, of course, recognize it from the first film in the franchise, when a young Jim Kirk joy rides in his stepfather’s corvette, in a very fun introduction to our beloved captain.
It picks up speed pretty quickly, however. Like zero to warp factor 3 in just a few seconds. After a few quick establishing shots of the angst filed crew, and the Enterprise, all hell breaks loose, as what initially appears to be an asteroid field turns into a swarm of alien ships Kamikazeing the Enterprise. Visually incredible. Nauseating in it’s implications.
Next, we see a torn to shreds saucer section and escape pods, and senior officers in various stages of beaten up on a rough planet while Kirk narrates “No ship. No crew. How are we going to get out of this one?” If your heart isn’t pumping by this point, you aren’t doing it right.
And then we get our “Oh, come on, really?” moment, as Kirk goes airborne …. on a dirt bike. And that is the moment of collective groan from Trekkies that would make the Borg proud. It reeked of either “Fast and Furious” or “Mad Max”. Know what it didn’t reek of? Star Trek, and the fans let us all know about it.
Director Justin Lin, whose credits include 3 different films in the “Fast and Furious” franchise knew immediately that it might not play well for the Trekkie crowd. In a recent interview with Slashfilm Lin said, “When I saw the teaser, I’m like, aw shit. You really have to put the motorcycle in there? So I get it, I get it, I get it.”
Lin took over the director’s chair after JJ Abrams, director of the first two films in the new Star Trek trilogy, took on another little project, you know that other Star film. I once worked with an actor who played Jesus and Santa in the same year. Is that the same thing as helming Star Wars and Star Trek in the same career?
After the little, probably gratuitous but kind of fun, motorcycle flight the trailer shifts gears to a couple of new characters. First there is a a bad ass, bright white (maybe she is from the galactic equivalent of Seattle) Tyson face tattoo chick, played by Algerian actress Sofia Boutella (sword legs from “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) who seems to be one of the good girls.
Then there is the big baddie, who is presumably played by Idris Elba, but it is hard to tell as he is in full alien dress. He does toss Kirk face first into a wall, 10 feet off the ground.
Finally, we see the bulk of the Enterprise crew on the planet, looking like they are being herded someplace, before we go back to footage of the Kamikaze alien ships tearing through the Enterprise. It’s a good, solid, get the blood pumping ending, and it lives up to the Star Trek movie tradition of destroying the Enterprise. So there’s that.
Lin, for his part, almost immediately goes on the defensive about the trailer, perhaps after a little Trekkie uproar. He reminds interviewers multiple times that this is only a 90 second trailer of a 2 hour plus movie.
Overall, the trailer is definitely action packed. Does it have the flavor of a Star Trek property? How the hell are we supposed to know? It’s freaking 90 seconds long. I had a fun 90 seconds. Well, technically more like 10 and 1/2 minutes because I watched it 7 times. Chill out and have fun with it. Seriously.
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