Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Three years into their 5 year mission, the USS Enterprise stops at Yorktown, a starbase where they take leave and replenish supplies. When a distress signal is found coming from an uncharted nearby nebula, Kirk decides to investigate. Once out of communication range, the Enterprise is ambushed and crash lands on a deserted planet where the crew must regroup and fight back against the attackers that left them stranded.
In this 3rd installment in the new reboot of the Star Trek films, we see a simpler story that still packs a punch. Beyond has plenty of thrilling action sequences, special effects that look smooth and characters that keep true to their lineage. I greatly enjoyed this film and feel like this one is comparable to Civil War in the Captain America series. Into Darkness was the cerebral movie in the series like Winter Soldier was for Captain America, and just like Civil War this year, Beyond relies more on the characters and action instead of the story.
The most memorable part of this comes from the 20 minute battle in space that sees the Enterprise destroyed as it crash lands on the unknown planet. This sequence is breathless and awe-inspiring yet tragic all at the same time. It reminded me of the Normandy attack in the beginning of Mass Effect 2. Beyond is directed by Justin Lin who also did some of the Fast and Furious movies and you can see his high-octane style of action here which is over the top, but for a good reason. I’m by no means a Trekkie and I didn’t watch the shows, but this movie is highly entertaining and one I recommend. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Boutella, Idris Elba, Ashley Edner and Shohreh Aghdashloo.
8/10 Stars – With a simpler story than expected, Beyond keeps the action high and the characters witty. Plenty of memorable moments here!
My review for Star Trek Beyond will be brief. I admit that I am completely biased when it comes to Star Trek films. I have been a fan since I was young and I have yet to find fault with this reboot of the classic. Once again Star Trek Beyond has delivered an action packed film backed by a good story. It also moves the over arching plot forward, continuing the saga and developing the characters. I will say if anything I do miss the fine tuned touch of J.J. Abrams. Justin Lin is great. He certainly knows how to deliver a punch through high powered action scenes, but there is something to be said for a more subtle touch.
Even with the in your face nature of the action the story and the actors bring a depth to the film. You feel as if they are truly crew mates on a ship. This probably isn’t far off the truth considering these guys have done three films together and they spend months filming in close quarters. I love how that comes across on screen.
Star Trek purists might not appreciate everything that Star Trek Beyond has to offer the genre. That’s okay. What you can’t deny is that the movie is entertaining. I sat through the film eyes glued to the screen begging for more as soon as the credits started rolling in. Again, take my review with a grain of salt because I admit to being a fan but I think it delivers everything you could ask for in a sci-fi action film.
10/10 Stars – All I have to ask is how long before I get to see it again and how long before we get the next one?