Review: ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ IMAX Exclusive Preview with Plot Synopsis


Last night before I got to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey I had the pleasure of viewing the exclusive IMAX 9-minute preview of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness.  If I wasn’t such a huge Tolkien fan my movie going experience would’ve been complete last night after watching this extended preview, because JJ has a gem on his hands.  If you’re trying to avoid Star Trek 2 spoilers please click onto another post, because I will be revealing details about the preview.

The Into Darkness preview begins with a shot of a couple waking up to go and visit their sick child in the hospital.  This scene serves as an introduction to Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, who is serving as the main villain in this sequel.  His official name still isn’t revealed, but Cumberbatch did a great job of selling him as someone with power who shouldn’t be jacked with when he promises to make the couples daughter feel better.

Cumberbatch will serve as the main villain in Star Trek 2


From here the preview skips to a scene of Kirk and Bones being chased on a vibrant alien planet by a group of primitive warriors while the rest of the Enterprise crew is trying to save their planet from a volcano  that threatens all life on said planet.  The IMAX 3D effect is simply astounding in this scene.  I saw the audience flinch at least 3 times as the primitive warriors were throwing spears into the camera as if they were trying to take out the audience members in the front row of the theater.  I still believe Avatar is the benchmark for 3D effects, but this short little scene has shown me that Abrams may be going after that title with Star Trek: Into Darkness.

The 3D effect that this planet provides is sex for your eyes


While Kirk and Bones are being chased we get to see Spock being prepped for his mission on the same planet, which is to install a super ice cube as Kirk calls it, to help stop the planet’s volcano from annihilating all life.  Quinto once again portrays the Vulcan perfectly with just enough balance of logic and human emotions.  I’m not sure when this scene will take place in the finished film, but Spock definitely gets himself into a hairy situation that could lead to his demise, or more than likely, his inevitable out-of-this-world Kirk rescue.

Once we leave Spock in peril the extended preview then transitions into more of a trailer-like experience.  Cumberbatch provides the voice over similar to the recent trailer while we are treated to various scenes from the movie passing bye.  I felt like it was a much larger teaser trailer, and it definitely left me wanting more Star Trek action.

Spock is in peril while trying to save a planet from a massive volcano


Without a doubt I’m more excited about Star Trek: Into Darkness than ever before after seeing the IMAX exclusive preview.  I knew the source material would be right up my alley, but I was taken by surprise with how amazing this movie is looking in glorious IMAX 3D.  Into Darkness has the potential to be one of the most thrilling 3D movie going experiences that will surely leave fans of the franchise with their jaws wide open while taking it in.

Abrams is definitely on the right track, so if you’ve been pining for some new Star Trek action I highly recommend getting yourself to an IMAX 3D screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sooner than later.  Star Trek: Into Darkness is definitely going to be one of the best geek movies of 2013, and the 9-minute extended preview is the proof in the pudding that some neighsayers may be searching for.  I’ve listed the teaser trailer link, as well as a link to theaters showing the preview for your benefit down below.  You’ve been liking where JJ has this franchise headed…

Watch the First Official ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ Trailer in HD

List of IMAX Theaters Showing the ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ 9-Minute Preview


[#ff entbuddha] “Making you a better geek, one post at a time!”



Tags : Extended PreviewIMAXImpressionsStar Trek 2
Matt Heywood

The author Matt Heywood

Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.