The Star Trek Into Darkness ‘Announcement Trailer’ is just 63 seconds long but it actually contains 39 cuts. TrekMovie has taken a deep dive and we have a shot by shot analysis, including analysis of the extra couple of cuts in the Japanese trailer (which might just blow your mind). Check out the full TrekMovie.com analysis below. [Spoilers].
Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer Analysis – Someone Wants Vengeance
Let’s start with the voice over, which is provide by the film’s villain (played by Benedict Cumberbatch):
You think your world is safe? It is an illusion. A comforting lie told to protect you. Enjoy these final moments of peace for I have returned to have my vengeance.
So shall we begin?
Firstly, this voice over appears to confirm that "vengeance" is a theme of the film. As reported by TrekMovie.com "Star Trek: Vengeance" was considered as a possible title for the film. Secondly, he is saying he has "returned." The big question is, from where? Or even possibly, from when?
Now lets go to the shot by shot analysis (Click images to enlarge)
Small ships fly overhead in missing man formation possibly indicating above crowd is for a memorial
SYNOPSIS NOTE: This Klingon planet could be where "Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction"
Some kind of Starfleet meeting interrupted by phaser blasts (appears to not be on a ship as chairs are not affixed to floor). And Spock appears to be standing next to officer who gets blown out of her chair
SYNOPSIS NOTE: Above attack could be why the synopsis says "an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for"
SYNOPSIS NOTE: Above could be related to how "love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew."
Analysis of Japanese Trailer Bonus Shots: Who is the Family?
There are also a couple of extra seconds in the Japanese trailer. These have more from Benedict Cumberbatch’s character saying…
"is there anything you wouldn’t do for your family?"
Once again we are left with a question. Who is his family? Is he seeking vengeance because of his family?
What have we learned? – and what haven’t we learned
The trailer confirms many things about Star Trek Into Darkness, including some previously reported spoilers from TrekMovie.com.
Cumberbatch is playing a human (or human appearing) character, however he appears stronger than an average human
Cumberbatch’s character is either in Starfleet (or for some reason wears a Starfleet shirt at times)
Alice Eve appears to be playing a science officer or medical officer
Klingons appear in the film (and are wearing same helmets as seen in 2009 movie’s deleted scenes)
Locations visited include San Francisco, an Alien planet with red jungle (and possibly same place as Volcano), a planet with Klingons
We see what appears to be two different types of ship interiors (the Enterprise and some other ship with darker interior)
The Enterprise can go under water
Some Starfleet type ship crashes into water
It appears someone who deserves a Starfleet memorial dies…and at some point Uhura gets very upset and needs consoling
There are some new Starfleet uniform variants and characters will be seen in a number of other costumes
But there are of course many questions. We still don’t know which canon characters are being played by Eve and Cumberbatch. Also Peter Weller doesn’t even appear, nor do Anton Yelchin or Bruce Greenwood (unless we are seeing back of his head in one shot). But there is another trailer coming next weekend along with the first nine minutes of the film with the Hobbit in IMAX.