Run, Kirk, run!
At this point most of us have seen footage from Star Trek Into Darkness where Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) sprints through a thicket of stunning red trees. You know what I’m talking about: it ends with Kirk and Bones (Karl Urban) leaping off of a high cliff, into the seething ocean below. If you haven’t witnessed this particular event, it features prominently in this TV spot that premiered last night on the MTV Movie Awards. There isn’t much in the way of new stuff here, but they do find a way to fit in a clip of Alice Eve in her undies.
That’s also the general gist of this latest poster for J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel to his 2009 franchise reboot. By that I mean Kirk running, not Eve in her skivvies. In addition to Kirk’s turn front and center, there’s also a new one-sheet featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s much-discussed villain, John Harrison, in a similar action pose.
If these newest character posters—the latest in a line that also includes Zoe Saldana’s Uhura and Zachary Quinto’s Spock from Argentine site Cine 1—tell us anything, it is that there will be an ass-ton of action in Star Trek Into Darkness.
So far, what we’ve seen of Harrison primarily shows him standing still—though there is footage of him fighting in the above TV spot—and looking ominous as he makes not-so-veiled threats against Kirk, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and Earth as a whole. The man is terrifying. In his poster, however, he does look a bit roughed up. He has some blood on his face, and his clothes look a bit mussed up for a guy who is usually so put together. It’s nice to see that, as vicious and evil as he may be, he’s not invincible, or at least not above getting popped in the grill now and again.
As much as we’ve seen of Star Trek Into Darkness recently, we still don’t know all that much about it. The plot involves a one-man-wrecking-crew, Harrison, and Kirk and the crew’s quest to bring him to justice. Beyond that, we only have vague ideas of troubling times ahead, and a hazy picture of the titular “darkness” that we’re in store for.
Given Abrams’ penchant for playing things close to the vest, it is unlikely we will get many answers before the film opens in IMAX on May 17th.