The internet can be a scary nightmare place, filled with neverending cynism and creepsters lining up around the e-block to welcome you into their madness. But it can also be a beautiful thing, and has the power to make stories like this one possible.

Our immense anticipation for films comes with the subconscious expectation that we’ll actually live to see them. That wasn’t the case for Dan, a movie buff and devout Trekkie.

Battling two forms of cancer during the last three years, doctors have informed him that time has become the most precious of commodities. So when Dan and his wife went to an IMAX screening and didn’t see the nine-minute Star Trek Into Darkness preview playing elsewhere in the country, you can imagine the immense disappointment. Here’s where it gets good.

A friend of Dan’s took to reddit for a call to action, asking if there was anyone who could assist him in putting the entire film in front of Dan before the cancer could do what cancer does.

The message got to Paramount and JJ Abrams, who immediately began assembling what they had into a working cut. Into Darkness isn’t finished; doesn’t even come out until May 17th of this year. No one was expecting Abrams’ team to deliver a cut to anybody, let alone a fan. Not long ago, Dan’s wife went back to the reddit post to share the following:

“Hi everyone, it’s Daniel’s wife, 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…We were so touched when [Abrams] was concerned that we wouldn’t 100% enjoy the screening as it’s still being worked on……. Be assured we enjoyed it 110%!” 

So there you have it. It’s only January and we already have our first Star Trek Into Darkness review. And it’s the best one any of us are likely to read. No commentary, no nitpicking, just a dying man and his wife enjoying an opportunity beyond their imaginations.

If he can’t live long, at least Trekkie Dan can prosper from the decency and goodwill of some kind individuals.

Source: Yahoo! Movies