Star Trek Beyond

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella
Directed by Justin Lin
Rating: B+

The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise has spent three years exploring deep space negotiating peace treaties with various planets.

Living in space takes a toll on the crew, especially for Captain Kirk (Pine), so it is with relief that crewmembers look forward to a pit stop on a space station. After what seems like hours later when they’ve landed and started enjoying free time, the crew is called to go back out on an extraction mission.

A scientist insists that her crew is stuck on a planet and desperately needs help. The Enterprise ships out, only to be viciously attacked outside of an unknown planet. Most of the crew are taken as hostages, while those among the last to leave the ship (Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty) are separated from each other.

It seems that Kirk and his crew are facing an enemy that has it out for the Federation and will stop at nothing to see it destroyed.

As the first of the Star Trek reboot movies not directed by J.J. Abrams (he still had a hand in producing it though), Beyond is just as witty, intense and fun as the other two.

Sometimes the third installment of any series can feel like a slump, as the plot needs to be fresh enough to meet audience’s expectations. Even Captain Kirk and Spock are losing the excitement they felt when going out into space for the first time. It takes a rousing wake up call to their sense of purpose that makes Kirk and Spock realize that they work best as a team.

New characters are introduced, such as Jaylah, who works well with Kirk and the team as they attempt to save the crew from villain Krall’s clutches. Her character was tough and it would be fun to see her again in future installments. The others are fleshed out more, as age and space exploration seems to have been a maturing factor.

Villain Krall satisfied his role as the bad guy, but it almost felt like he was too easy to defeat. It would have been interesting to see more of him. Instead, his motivations relate too much to past villains from the previous films. It leaves of sense of déjà vu when it comes to the plot.

Star Trek Beyond continues to capture the intensity and excitement of the danger that is deep space. The fourth, currently unnamed Star Trek movie has a lot to live up to.


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