With the world all abuzz about J.J. Abrams stepping up as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, it almost feels like we’ve forgotten that there’s still another Abrams-directed Star Trek movie that we haven’t gotten to see yet, and chances are it’s going to be pretty awesome. So, in order to remind us to spend money on Captain Kirk and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise, the promotional team behind Star Trek Into Darkness has put out a new behind the scenes featurette that talks up how crazy the movie is going to be and how it’s such a complete filmgoing experience that it’s essentially the last movie you’ll ever need to see (until the next one).
What’s in the video? Well, honestly it’s just a series of the film’s big effects shots interspersed with talking heads interviews with Abrams and some of his cast members, but it’s worth a watch to get a sense of just what the expectations for this film are. Abrams calls the movie “the most fun and challenging experience that I’ve had” and “everything I’ve done wrapped into one movie,” and great pains are made to promote how much bigger in scope this sequel is than Abrams’ first Star Trek movie and what a relentless and action-packed roller coaster ride it is.
This, honestly, makes you think. With all of the set-up and world-building that Abrams is going to have to do on Star Wars: Episode VII, is there really any chance that it’s going to be as entertaining a movie as Star Trek Into Darkness? Possibly, but instead of putting the cart before the horse and obsessing on the next big franchise revival, we movie nerds should probably take a step back and remember that there are still quite a few things we don’t know about the next Star Trek movie.