Just one long Trek episode

July 26, 2016

 

Justin Lin’s (2016) film, Star Trek Beyond, has a big cast of characters. 

 

Courtesy Rotten Tomatoes
(L-R) Cast of Star Trek Beyond Zachary Quinto (Spock), Sofia Boutella as Jaylah and Karl Urban as Doctor 'Bones' McCoy.

 

 

Star Trek Beyond begins with James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) having doubts about his continuation as USS Enterprise Commander.

 

He is offered the position of vice admiral, but declines it so that he can help an alien whose space crew has been captured by an evil menace. 


Taking his crew into an uncharted nebula with very limited information, the USS Enterprise is ambushed and destroyed. Captain Kirk decides to do the one thing no Captain ever wants to do, and abandons the ship in hopes that he will land on a nearby planet. 


Who is this evil that has destroyed Captain Kirk’s ship? What does this threat want? And can Captain Kirk find and escape with his crew on this unknown planet?


As the story goes on, the viewer begins to understand the villain’s point of view. The understanding really heightens the mood of the movie. 


Some of the characters in the crew, such as Sulu (John Cho) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana), don’t have as much screen time as they did in previous movies. 


However, the film does address the fact that Leonard Nimoy has passed away, and does it in a very tasteful way. I don’t think it took away from the story or disrespected Nimoy’s legacy in the Star Trek series.

 
I find the dynamic between Bones and Spock very interesting. Both of these men have a different hold on Captain Kirk. Spock is his logic and Bones is his heart. Seeing the two mentalities together pose for some interesting humor and dialogue throughout the film.


Throughout the film, the slower pace of the action allows for more of an adventure and character interaction.  


In some aspects, Star Trek Beyond is similar to an episode from the original series, which I think is one of the film’s best attributes. However, it can be both a positive and a negative depending on who you ask. 


I enjoyed the fact that the film was co-written by Simon Pegg. The writing is great, and it’s very evident that there is a love for the series, which is why I think it felt so much like the show.


Although Star Trek Beyond isn’t the biggest summer blockbuster, it will hold you over until the next big thing. 
I really enjoyed the movie and what it had to offer.


I definitely think that audiences should see Star Trek Beyond.  I give the film 3 ½ stars out of 5.
 

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