Over the course of the action-explodo-thon of Star Trek Into Darkness, there is a shot of Alice Eve in her underwear. I didn’t mind it, partly because it was a brief blip in a film that I was enjoying the momentum of, and partly because I own a penis. But apparently, there has been some kerfuffle about this–and in J.J. Abrams‘ appearance on Conan (shown after the jump), he explains what his thought process was. And, you know, penis or not (though for the record: there is one), I can see where he could have been going for that and it was a beat that just didn’t quite work in that way.
But yeah, he would have saved himself a ton of trouble if he had just left the shower scene in. All will be explained:
Special thanks to all our supporters! It’s Episode #150 for Star Trek Into Darkness, in which our protagonist applauds trailers that obfuscate for the good of mankind, is pleased that the franchise still knows what genre it’s in, and imagines that the world is going Wicked Batch Crazy.
Written by: Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof & Roberto Orci, based on the series created by Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve
All you know about Into Darkness is just a smoke screen.
Where to begin? How about some rules. A contract if you will, between you, the reader, and me, the reviewer. I ask you to stay away from any and all spoilers. I ask you not to speculate with others about this movie before you see it. In return, I will write a review that will sail around those spoilers and still serve you enough information to make a decision whether or not you want to see it.
With the second Star Trek by J. J. Abrams though, this spoiler-or-no-spoiler problem is key. How so? You have to consider that the marketing campaign–including every interview and every word that Abrams himself has said–are part of the game and the experience. After watching the movie I can summarize the effect the campaign had in one, simple formula: The more you know about the (old) universe of Star Trek and the less (i.e. spoilers) you know about this movie, the bigger the fun will be for you.
It’s This Means War, out on DVD from Fox. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
The world’s deadliest CIA operatives, FDR Foster (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy), are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman (Witherspoon). Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis â€“ each other.
Lionsgate has got Small Town Saturday Night, starring Chris Pine (that guy from Star Trek), and we have a copy to give away on DVD.
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Written by: Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman, based on the TV series created by Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy
My Advice: Don’t miss it.
Something’s gone horribly awry: a strange ship has appeared out of nowhere and destroyed the starship, the U.S.S. Kelvin. But out of death comes life (or some such hackneyed expression) and the life here is the birth of James Tiberius Kirk (Pine), who takes the loss of his father rather hard. He uses this to become a complete miscreant while those around him are joining Starfleet to make something of themselves. After another public altercation, he gets admonished by Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood), who dares him to rise to his father’s legacy and surpass it–by joining Starfleet.