The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. Starring Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Chekov) and Idris Elba (Krall).
A strong cast manages to salvage a threadbare plot. Character arcs are reflected well enough for both Kirk and Spock. There are sentimental tributes to Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin. Dynamic action sequences and vivid visual effects make Star Trek Beyond a moderately enjoyable scifi action-adventure movie.
Consistent with the rest of the reboot trilogy, the philosophical bent of both the original Star Trek and Next Generations movies are sadly missing. Krall completes a trio of stereotypical revenge-fuelled villains and is no more unique than Nero or Khan were. There are numerous illogical plot events concerning Elba’s Balthazar Edison/Krall character and the rest of the USS Franklin’s crew that really spoils the third act.
The entire action sequence relating to the rescue of the Enterprise crew from Krall was quite engaging and exciting.
Star Trek diehards will enjoy this no matter what. It’s a question of whether you can connect with the current Enterprise crew. If so, then one can ignore the plot inconsistencies and derive a certain amount of satisfaction.
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