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About the Movie
From Director Justin Lin and Producer J.J. Abrams comes one of the best-reviewed action movies of the year. Dispatched on a rescue mission to the farthest reaches of space, the USS Enterprise is ambushed by Krall, a ruthless enemy sworn against the Federation. Crash-landing on an uncharted hostile world, Captain Kirk, Spock and the crew are separated with no means of escape. Only Jaylah, a rebellious alien warrior, can help them reunite and find a way off the planet in a race against time to stop Krall’s deadly army from triggering all-out galactic war.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 256
- Fresh: 216
- Rotten: 40
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Come to 'Star Trek Beyond' for the pow; stay for the emotional wipeout.
Fresh: "Beyond" is undoubtedly messy, like a Starfleet ship that's taken its fair share of beatings, but it is frequently a reminder of how good the series can be when all its engines are in working order.
Fresh: It's not just a blast but, at moments, a thing of beauty, alive to the comic awesomeness of being lost in space.
Rotten: Star Trek Beyond is a Star Trek movie, although not an especially good one.
Moves Beyond the Old Scripts
I liked this one. Fast paced, lots of eye candy when it comes to scifi scenes and space ships. Lots of action.
I particularly liked two things about it. The fact that they've moved beyond rehashing characters/plots from the old universe, and are now into territory that is new and unpredictable. They've move along enough that their adventures are now their own. It's nice to know it's something all new.
The second is the character development. The crew has been togther for about three years into their five-year mission, and they're becoming tired and wondering if this is what they're meant to do. Relationships are changing, futures are being decided, as they plan to move forward after their mission ends. Kirk, especially, is questioning his reason for being out in space. Is it because he's trying to be be his father, or because this is what he was born to do? And Spock is questioning his place in Star Feet, when the Vulcans are still trying to set up a new homeland.
They feel a bit older, with a bit more experience under their belts, and with the end of the mission in sight, looking inside to see what they want to do next.
That kind of character development makes them people I want to see more of, even outside of their adventures.
Lack of Character
Started fun but quickly deteriorates into action sequence madness which lacked interest as the first and second acts focused way to hard on a bottle neck storyline and didn't place focus on its core characters. They attempted to do so with Spock but goes nowhere fast. This movie was not close to anything great. For those who enjoy bright lights and pretty colors you're sure to enjoy it.
A Perfect Love Letter to the Original Series
Viewers log, watch date Saturday, July 23, 2016, Earth time. After two Star Trek pre-boot movies (one that breathed new life into a great but injured franchise, the other that boldly went where many fans went before), we finally reach a point similar to where the original series started out. After a fun little opening where Captain Kirk (Chris Pine, who really comes close to Shatner’s likeness from TOS) tries negotiating a peace treaty that ends somewhat hilariously (for us, not him), we see him give a captain’s log, which informs us they’ve been in space for three years (which I think is the point they were at during TOS), and that he’s beginning to wonder what it means to be himself instead of his father. He and Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban looking somewhat similar to DeForest Kelley, but like most of the characters from TOS, starting to look like their alternate selves) meet in the ship’s bar for a quiet birthday celebration (Those who’ve seen the first two pre-boots will know why right away), where Kirk questions if he wants to keep doing this. After docking at space station Yorktown, the crew embarks on shore leave, and Sulu (John Cho) meets up with his husband and their adopted daughter. They made this public weeks before the release, so I’m just going to say this: they don’t delve too deeply into it, and they just show it there, indicating a non-discriminatory future for the LGBT, not cramming it down the viewer’s throat that Sulu is gay, just casually showcasing that aspect of him when he’s not at the Enterprise’s helm, like they might if a straight character met up with an opposite sex spouse. They make it clear that they’re more than friends through their interactions, but otherwise, Sulu is Sulu as he was before. Moving along, Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) have an argument that ends with (spoilers) and when Spock is approached by fellow Vulcans, he learns (spoilers). After big news goes unsaid between Kirk and Spock, the Enterprise is called in to explore beyond a nebula when an alien named Kalara (Lydia Wilson) returns from an ambush by one Krall (Idris Elba) that the Enterprise soon experiences, resulting in (spoilers unless you’ve seen any trailer for this movie or The Voyage Home), and boldly going where no Star Trek film has gone before: the point of the mission where the original series went before, feeling both like a bold new direction and a bigger, more exciting episode of TOS. We also meet new character like Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), and the aformentioned Krall (seriously, it’s not connected too deeply to any previous canon like Into Darkness was) They wasted no time getting us where we needed to be, and the characters were great, and every time I saw Chekov (Anton Yelchin) I felt a bit of a pang knowing that the actor died before this came out, and while he did not have Chekov’s hairstyle from the original series, he really seemed like he’d grown from the “wiz kid” Pike described him as. Idris Elba gave a compelling villain performance as Krall, and the crew of the Enterprise was relatable and developed as ever. We got Jaylah’s backstory, and she proved to be a tough girl, from helping Scotty (Simon Pegg) survive initially, to helping reassemble the crew for an exciting, and fun act set to Michael Giacchino’s still amazing score and a certain song that constitutes sabotage in the climax. Speaking of Michael Giacchino’s score, I just can’t get sick of that score. Just can’t. As Spock would say, “fascinating,” to both how it was used appropriately and hit the right beats. We get better development of Spock and McCoy, and the picture is improved: the CGI looks as gorgeous as ever, with the planets they travel to seeming like Star Trek TOS on a bigger budget, and the lens flares… wait what lens flares? They had one or two, but it seemed appropriate, and didn’t pop up at random in uncalled for scenes. Not only is Star Trek Beyond easier to see with the lack of excessive lens flares, it has a better sense of humor than Into Darkness did: Into Darkness had a few laughs, I felt like humor was injected into it every few minutes, and none of it was horse manure. There’s less cut-off profanities and a few more straight-up swears, but I digress. Star Trek Beyond is the love letter to 50 years of a franchise that has boldly gone where no Trek movie has gone before: to the edge of the frontier, to the point the original series took place in, and to a point where the original cast observed, but did not interfere. Boldly original, we are reminded why this franchise has lived long, and why it can still prosper after 50 years. Because with the crew completely handed the legacy of TOS, they can explore strange new plots, seek out new life and new characters like the aforementioned ones, and boldly go where no fan has gone before!
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 2016
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