Movie Review: Star Trek: Beyond
Paramount Pictures is back at it again with their third installment of the rebooted Start Trek series featuring Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zacahary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Bones McCoy), Simon Pegg (Chief Engineer Scotty), Zoe Saldana (Lieutenant Uhura), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov) the U.S.S. Enterprise and directed by Fast Furious savior Justin Lin
It’s been 3 years since the events of “Into Darkness” and 3 years that the Enterprise has been on its’ 5-year mission. After docking at a Starfleet base called “Yorktown”, the Enterprise ventures into a dangerous new uncharted territory, where a ruthless new enemy with a deep hatred of the Federation destroys the Enterprise and strands Kirk and his crew on a remote planet. Can Kirk reunite his crew and stop this dangerous new threat?
After Star Trek: Into Darkness I was left speechless and wondering if the next movie could top such an awesome cinematic adventure. Going into Star Trek: Into Darkness I was very leery because I really disliked the Original Wrath of Kahn and when I heard that they were infact doing a Wrath of Khan reboot I was very scared. But was proven wrong with how solid plot was combined with the acting of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Khan, Alice Eve (Men In Black 3) as Carol Marcus, Peter Weller (Robocop) as Admiral Marcus and Bruce Greenwood (Double Jeopardy) as Admiral Pike.
Star Trek: Beyond for the most part is a fast paced movie with tons of action which is pretty typical however this time most of it was done without the U.S.S. Enterprise and I think this is where Director Justin Lin shines the brightest as we have seen with his work in the Fast and Furious films. There was a lot of hand to hand combat and as with the first film of the rebooted franchise there was a new villain to get acclimated to named Krall played by Idris Elba (Thor, Pacific Rim) who has a bone to pick with the Federation and surprisingly enough he had a legit beef and a new hero name Jayla who spent most of her life stranded on this Class M planet and at one point had been held captive by Krall, played by Sofia Boutella.
In separate ways both Spock and Kirk are struggling emotionally with their lives. Kirk is trying to figure out who he is and why he’s in Starfleet and Spock has learned that a part of him has gone away and now he is wondering what to make of his situation which puts a strain on his relationship with Uhura. The theme to this movie is Strength in Unity and because of the adventure the Crew of the Enterprise went through has brought them even closer together.
This is the first Star Trek Movie since the passing of Leonard Nemoy and the writers did an amazing job in incorporating a small tribute to him and Ambassador Spock Prime. Also a month prior to the film being released on Father’s Day Pavel Chekov actor Anton Yelchin tragically passed away when his Jeep rolled backwards pining Yelchin to a security gate at his home suffocating him. It was hard not feeling sad every time he was on-screen. Thankfully the 4th installment of Star Trek will not replace Anton Yelchin with another actor, which I believe is the right thing to do and I can’t wait to see how they are going to honor him in the film.
Overall Star Trek: Beyond is a cinematic masterpiece and respectfully done for those who are Trekkies (like myself) and those who are new to the Star Trek universe. It was visually stunning, well written and fast paced that never seemed to drag out which is a hard feet to do with a 2 plus hour movie. I hope the next installment (which is rumored to bring back Chris Helmsworth as George Kirk) lives up to both Star Trek: Into Darkness as Well as Star Trek: Beyond. I highly recommend you go out and see this film. It will not disappoint!