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Watch the New Star Trek Into Darkness International Trailer

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Isn’t Star Trek supposed to be about star trekking? Ya know, exploring strange new worlds, seeking new life and new civilizations, and possibly going where no man has gone before?

This may look like a decent action thriller, but it also feels like a painfully generic adventure that happens to be painted in Star Trek paint. Benadict Cumberbatch shows up, Cumberbatch commits several acts of terrorism, Kirk goes after Cumberbatch.

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I sincerely hope there is more to the story than that and there may very well be. But what we’ve seen so far suggests the film boldly going where any number of sequels have gone before. And, if I may, why oh why couldn’t Paramount wait until next weekend to debut this with G.I. Joe: Retaliation? Anyway, Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 15th in IMAX 3D and May 17th elsewhere domestically. As always, we’ll see…

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