A trailer for the Abrams Star Trek film is attached to the new James Bond movie and is now at the usual locations on the Internet. The Daily Mail enthuses: "The eagerly anticipated Star Trek film is set to cast off the geeky associations of the sci-fi genre with a handsome cast, vicious fights and sex scenes." Among the frames reproduced is this one, of Zoe Saldana as Uhura.
Response at TrekMovie.com was mixed, at least at first. Some were troubled by the trailer's first scene, in which a child is driving a Corvette at 80mph+ towards a massive hole in the ground (from which, one surmises, will rise the Enterprise), jumps out of the car as it tumbles down, barely scratching a hold to keep from following it to his doom. When a Robocop lookalike demands his name, he announces it as "James Tiberius Kirk." Various objections were raised, and I'll add a few more: as moviemaking, it's another version of Steven Spielberg's unfortunate habit of repeating the last possible second avoiding of death so often and so predictably that it's become a cliche, and worse, unbelievable and without the slightest suspense or sense of actual danger. The other is more troubling: this scene, plus the hint of others in the trailer add up to the impression that the new James T. Kirk is a jerk, working on becoming an asshole.
The New York Times story about the trailer begins: “I’ve never been a fan of ‘Star Trek,’” J. J. Abrams told a movie theater full of journalists on Monday night... No surprise there.