High-octane action, snappy one-liners and whiz-bang camera-work abound in the new trailer for “Star Trek Beyond,” which Paramount Pictures released online today.
Glimmers of storyline are barely visible in the trailer, which mostly showcases the snazzy-looking direction by Justin Lin, whose “Fast and Furious” films include the critically-acclaimed crowd-pleaser “Furious Five.”
Using the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” as a musical backdrop (Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk is a longtime fan of the band), the trailer allows us to touch base with Bones (Karl Urban), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Scotty (Simon Pegg, also a co-writer) as they face off against aliens, scramble across hostile terrain and go hurtling off cliffs.Playing an elaborately-decorated alien is Sofia Boutella, the French-Algerian dancer-actress who played a legless assassin in “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
The timing of the trailer’s release, less than a week before the debut of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” seems almost more important than the content. The new “Trek” is produced but not directed by J.J. Abrams, who helmed the previous two films and is now a driving creative force behind the emerging “Star Wars” franchise. Paramount seems to be letting science-fiction fans know that the Lucas universe isn’t the only one to offer big-budget effects and beloved characters.
“Star Trek Beyond” arrives in theaters July 22, 2016.