Saturday, July 23, 2016

Movie Review -- Star Trek Beyond

Today we have the third entry in the rebooted Star Trek series. Is it as good (or bad) as Star Trek Into Darkness? Let's find out.

The movie begins as a soul-searching Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is applying to become a vice-admiral and Spock (Zachary Quinto) is dealing with the death of his future self. The Enterprise goes to resupply at Jonestown, a massive space station near uncharted space. A mysterious woman soon arrives and requests help to retrieve her crew which has been stranded on a planet inside the nearby nebula. Kirk wastes no time taking the ship into the nebula to help her out.

But upon reaching the planet, the Enterprise is attacked by an insect-like swarm of smaller vessels which shred the ship like paper. Most of the crew is taken prisoner when the forces of the mysterious Krall (Idris Elba) board the ship looking for an equally mysterious artifact. Those that aren't captured head down to the planet, along with the Enterprise's saucer section, but are still separated.

Down on the surface, Scotty (Simon Pegg) meets mysterious warrior woman Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) who takes him to a crashed ship which may be their only hope of rescuing the rest of the crew. Meanwhile, Krall is seeking to activate an ancient weapon with which he'll wage war on the Federation for his own personal reasons.

Can the Enterprise crew reunite, get off the planet and stop Krall from killing countless millions?

I feel Star Trek Beyond is better than Into Darkness because of its more interesting characters and more creative ships. It also has a better climax than the previous film, delivering just the right amount of explosions and the Beastie Boys (yes, you read that right). I haven't decided yet whether it's as good as Star Trek, the first movie in this reboot series; it is too bad Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) and Ambassador Spock (Leonard Nimoy) aren't in this one since their characters died (as well as Nimoy himself). Those two made the first entry very enjoyable. But oh well. That's a minor complaint.

Enjoy Star Trek Beyond. You won't be disappointed.

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