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Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Review by CJ

Star Trek Beyond

Director:
Justin Lin

Starring:
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella

Other notable appearances:
Deep Roy, Greg Grunberg

Running time:
120 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness, The Avengers

 

Captain Kirk (Pine) and his crew are three years into their five year mission when they are ambushed. The Enterprise suffers devastating damage and most of her crew is taken hostage or killed. Kirk and a handful of crew members avoid capture and team up with Jaylah (Boutella) who has escaped from the clutches that now hold most of the Enterprise crew. Together they must stop new enemy Krall (Elba) from unleashing a weapon of mass destruction on the galaxy.

Star Trek Beyond, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. There was action and adventure. They sought out new life and new civilisations. They boldly went where no-one had gone before. From the moment Captain Kirk appeared on screen to the moment the credits dedicated the film to lost crew members Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin, Star Trek Beyond was everything a Star Trek movie should be.

The main cast all return to reprise their roles and continue to perform admirably. New additions Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella portrayed Krall and Jaylah wonderfully. Elba’s villainous performance had heart and depth which is in line with all of the villains portrayed in the reboot universe thus far. The Enterprise crew’s new ally Jaylah is a strong and often unintentionally humorous character. Boutella’s performance is fantastic to watch from the high energy fight scenes to the vocal inflections she gives the character.

The script and story, written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, has multiple throw back references to The Original Series and Enterprise. The reference to Admiral Archer’s prized Beagle in Star Trek (2009) was one of my favourite moments as Enterprise is the only series unchanged by the timeline adjusting events. The ongoing references to the wide range of source material solidify the reboot universe in the greater Star Trek universe.

In addition to the fan service, the dialogue was funny, the plot was good, and the overall story was thoroughly enjoyable.

I love the score for Star Trek Beyond. The rebooted universe has an outstanding theme that still sends chills down my spine when it kicks in as the Enterprise comes to the rescue in Star Trek (2009). Star Trek Beyond uses this theme in a way that reminds me of the James Bond films. It hints at the theme about to kick in several times throughout the film but then tapers off. It isn’t until the pinnacle of the film that the theme truly kicks in to fully complement the action taking place. It is a great way to tie the score together yet still save the crescendo for the most important moment.

I feel that Star Trek Beyond continues the trend of appealing to a wider audience that was set by Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. You don’t need to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy the action, adventure and comedy found in Star Trek Beyond. In the spirit of Star Trek, the film can be enjoyed by and unite both fans of Star Trek and those who just enjoy a fun space adventure.

Rating:
5 Stars

“Fascinating.”
“Ominous. Dark. Dangerous.”

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