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STAR TREK BEYOND review

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When we last left the crew of the USS Enterprise, they were beginning their five-year mission into deep space; venturing into uncharted territory.  In “Star Trek Beyond”, we pick-up with them two and a half years into their mission.  The crew is beginning to feel stale and bored, no longer enthusiastic or excited about deep space.  After a supply pick-up at Starfleet’s newest (and robust) installation Yorktown, Kirk and his crew have the task of delivering a stranded alien back to her stranded crew.  Upon approach of the target planet, the USS Enterprise is ambushed and brutally torn-apart by an attack unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.  Most of the crew manage to reach their escape pods, only to be captured by the unknown enemy and taken to their home planet.  After ejecting and surviving his and the USS Enterprise’s crash-landing on this unknown planet, Captain Kirk must rally with his uncaptured friends to save his crew from the evil man known as Krall.  With the help of newcomer Jaylah, Kirk reunites with those he can with hope to not only save the crew of the USS Enterprise, but to save the lives of billions from total annihilation; all while trying to uncover why Krall is so hell-bent on destroying so many lives.

Chris Pine returns in his most significant role as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise.  Zachary Quinto reprises his role as his First Officer, Commander Spock.  Karl Urban is back as the over-the-top Doctor ‘Bones’ McCoy.  Zoe Saldana returns as the fierce Lieutenant Uhura.  Simon Pegg, who also co-wrote the film, returns as the Chief of Engineering, Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott.  John Cho is back as the pilot of the USS Enterprise, Sulu.  Anton Yelchin, who sadly passed away just-over a month ago, reprises his role for a final time as Chekov; may he rest in peace.  Idris Elba is a welcome addition as the evil villain, Krall.  Sofia Boutella plays newcomer Jaylah and is one of the many highlights of the film as well.  Joe Taslim plays Krall’s second in-command, Manas.

“Star Trek Beyond” represents the third film is the rebooted-franchise’s trilogy and proves that a beautiful mixture of homage and originality with a fresh set of eyes can rejuvenate a franchise to its proper glory.  One of the strongest assets of “Star Trek Beyond” are its new characters.  While not enough of Krall is seen in my opinion, Elba menacing performance is haunting, but it’s Boutella who steals the film!  Her character Jaylah is equal parts loyal and talented, with a beautiful accent and makeup/appearance; I hope we see more of her in the future!  Upon first glance, the plot of “Star Trek Beyond” may seem light, but as you allow yourself to go beneath the surface, there is more and more depth as the film continues-on.  Another great thing about the film; it’s so much fun!  There is plenty of the usual humor, stunning battle sequences, and original alien ships and weaponry (which was very exciting and visually-breathtaking); it’s a non-stop thrill ride!  It’s is also equally-impressive how well Justin Lin handled the film as a newcomer to the franchise, and credit to Simon Pegg’s writing as well!  “Star Trek Beyond” pays beautiful and heartfelt homage to the late Leonard Nimoy, offering us our first on-film glimpse of the “original” crew of the USS Enterprise; as well as a subtle toast at the end.  The film is also bittersweet, as we unfortunately realize it’s the last time we’ll see Anton Yelchin as Chekov.  One issue I had with the film was how it handled a few characters; I was disappointed we don’t see more of Krall and I was a little upset that Alice Eve’s character from Into Darkness, Carol Marcus, was just completely tossed-aside and not even mentioned.  Seeing as those are obviously very minor issues, I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I can’t wait to see where they boldly go next!  “Star Trek Beyond” has a run time of 120 minutes, in-which is flows fluidly and constantly grabs your attention without ever letting go!  Until next time, as the entire crew reads aloud: “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before”.

In loving memory of Leonard Nimoy.

For Anton.

 

“Star Trek Beyond” represents the third entry in this franchise, pitting the crew of the USS Enterprise against their most lethal foe yet.  The film features plenty of action, humor, and interaction with the characters we’ve all grown to love all of the years; as well as a fond farewell to both old and new members of the franchise that is “Star Trek”.  If you are heading to the movies this weekend, you better be seeing “Star Trek Beyond”!!

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STAR TREK BEYOND is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, in theaters JULY 22ND!

 

 

 

 

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