Star Trek: Beyond is one of the biggest movies I was looking forward this summer and it did not disappoint. Being a fan of the previous two films in this rebooted franchise that I recently revisited and reviewed both Star Trek (2009), Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013). I was a little worried that the new film wouldn’t feel connected to others since this is the first film to not be directed by J.J. Abrams. Boy was I wrong! Let me explain.
I won’t go into spoilers here, I’ll just review in broad strokes. I tried to check my bias at the door. The opening is equal parts snarky humor and borderline self parody. I know this may sound weird, but it felt like the spiritual sequel to Galaxy Quest. It has humor throughout. Spock and Bones could have their own buddy space-cop film franchise. The chemistry between them is unmatched.
The film brings back Chris Pine as Captain James Tiberius Kirk, the leader of the crew of the Enterprise, who is suffering from the monotonousness nature and complacency of the Enterprise’s exploration of the vast unknowns of space. He’s again backed-up by Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho), and Chekhov, played by the late Anton Yelchin in one of his last performances. This time, rather than facing off with one of the franchise’s most well known villains in Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), they face off with a vicious, violent alien leader named Krall (Idris Elba, in heavy make-up), whose wanting to destroy everything the Enterprise and Starfleet stand for. While dealing with the current threat of Krall, Kirk and Spock have their own doubts about their chosen paths in life. The crew of the Enterprise joined by an new ally Jaylah (Sofia Boutella who is a stand out) must overcome being marooned a hostile alien planet and must race to stop Krall’s plan to destroy Starfleet. This entry in the popular franchise has humor, heart and action that builds on the well-laid foundation established by J.J. Abrams two previous entries, while paying tribute to the series of films and TV shows that came before. With Chris Hemsworth set to reprise his role as George Kirk from the Star Trek (2009) in Star Trek 4, the franchise’s future looks bright. Highly recommended!! 4.5 out of 5.
Official synopsis of Star Trek Beyond:
“Star Trek Beyond,” the highly-anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond,” the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Check out the final trailer below: