Believe it or not, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness will finally hit theaters in four short months. Anticipation is high for Abrams follow-up to the Star Trek reboot from 2009. But some are concerned whether or not the new Star Trek film will have the same emotional weight as its predecessors. After all, William Shatner has pointed out that the new Star Trek is a great ride, but it doesn’t hit the same emotional stakes as the Star Trek films he has been in.
In an interview with MTV News, J.J. Abrams addresses those criticisms about his Star Trek series. He contends that Star Trek Into Darkness will still be a great ride, but if he does his job correctly, there won’t be a dry eye in the house once the film ends.
In many ways, this film is about a guy who is being tested to earn [his ship]… There is an insidiousness and ruthlessness and fierce intelligence to [Harrison] that almost undermines the interconnectivity of the crew. The stakes are much higher… The goal of this movie is to make you cry. If the movie does its job, then by the end of the movie, you will have had a reaction involving the eyes.
Star Trek Into Darkness will feature Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) coming to terms with his destiny. The first film was mainly about Kirk getting command of the Starship Enterprise, and the second film will have Kirk trying to live up to that role. It will also continue the relationship between Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto). Throughout the first film, Kirk and Spock were more like rivals than friends. But in Star Trek Into Darkness, the pair will come to terms with their polar opposites and work together. Actor Chris Pine says:
The definition of who these two people are definitely comes to bear in this film. It’s central to what happens in the story. Spock is a logical man of cold reason who is run by laws, regulations and prescriptions. Kirk is a guttural, by-the-heart, instinctive and impulsive guy. Those two ways of looking at the world are central to these characters and their journey.
Star Trek Into Darkness will beam into theaters everywhere on May 17th in IMAX 3D.