There's a lot of vapidity and hectic nonsense to wade through in Hollywood, no question. But everyone once in a while, something happens to remind us of how magical movies can be.
Prepare to cry a little.
This story starts on Reddit, where a man posted about his friend Dan, who had been diagnosed with two forms of terminal cancer. Dan is an ardent Trekkie, and had gone to a screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in order to catch the 9-minute Star Trek Into Darkness preview playing before some versions of the film. Unfortunately, his screening didn't include the preview.
The Reddit post gained steam and eventually got back to Trek director J.J. Abrams. Abrams set up a special screening for Dan and his wife, and while they expected to be catching the preview, they in fact saw the whole film. Though Abrams apparently stressed to them that it was still unfinished.
Dan's wife responded to the event on Reddit, stating "we are of course sworn to secrecy, BUT we are officially allowed to say we saw it and we enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture." She goes on to say that Dan prefers not to be seen as an "inspiring cancer story," but that this story should instead "have more of a heartfelt message of giving." Regardless, the whole thing goes to show just how powerful a movie can be as a form of magical escapism, even if only for a couple hours.
Watch the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer for your own preview of the film, which we will all get to see in theaters May 17.