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Star Trek Beyond
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12.13.2016 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Justin Lin

Actors:
Chris Pine
Zachary Quinto
Simon Pegg
Zoë Saldana
John Cho
Idris Elba

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Towards the end of the third year in his five-year-mission, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) finds himself questioning his motivations for joining Starfleet and pondering life away from a starship captaincy. His ennui is interrupted by a distress call, which lands him and his beloved Enterprise crew in the cross-hairs of the deadly Krall (Idris Elba) who seeks a legendary weapon that could help him wipe-out the Federation.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Going into the summer of 2016, STAR TREK fans seemed to be wary of the fact that the latest film in the franchise was being directed by Justin Lin, best known as the man who reinvigorated the FAST & FURIOUS franchise, turning it into the box-office powerhouse it is today. The early trailers, that made this look like 2 Trek 2 Furious didn’t help, and even the notion that Simon Pegg would be co-writing the script didn’t assuage fears.

In the end, STAR TREK BEYOND turned-out to be a perfectly serviceable entrée into the canon, and a more legit Trek movie to emerge from the franchise in awhile. It turns out that, yeah, Lin kinda did know how to make a good Trek movie, and while the box-office receipts were down enough that a fourth installment seems a bit iffy, creatively the Trek-universe is in a good place. Star Chris Pine, as he gets a little older, is starting to seem more Kirk-like, although him being burnt out on the eve of his thirty-fifth birthday seems a bit premature (Shatner’s Kirk was at least fifty before he started whining about being too old).

Everyone seems to be having a ball getting back into the groove. Of all of them, Zachary Quinto has always come the closest to recapturing the iconic nature of his character, but Karl Urban, having been given a lot more to do this time, is also giving it a solid go. Ditto John Cho as Sulu, Zoe Saldana as a kick-ass Uhura, Pegg as Scotty and most heartbreakingly, the late Anton Yelchin as Chekov. They also have a good villain this time, with Idris Elba as the complicated Krall making a solid physical adversary for the not unimposing Pine. Meanwhile, Sofia Boutella, of KINGSMAN and the upcoming THE MUMMY reboot steals scenes as a heroine who may well pop back into the franchise at some point.

My only issues are minor, such as the abandoned Yorkville inexplicably having a motorcycle on-board so Pine can so some alpha-male stunts, while the use of contemporary music (including a repeat of The Beastie Boys’s “Sabotage”) seems thrown in to make this “less geeky.” Hey Paramount, haven’t you heard? Geek is good!

THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: Two short, comic relief deleted scenes for Scotty (Simon Pegg).

Beyond the Darkness: A short featurette focusing on how Justin Lin was hired to direct, and how Simon Pegg got the co-writer gig.

Enterprise Takedown: Dedicated to the Enterprise destruction setpiece, the design and VFX.

Trekking in the desert: Another featurette, which reveals the futuristic Starfleet city in the film was constructed in Dubai.

To Live Long and Prosper: Focusing on the film’s timeliness, coming out on the 50th anniversary of the franchise, and how much it means to people.

Divided and Conquered An interesting featurette explaining why it was decided to pair up certain characters on individual arcs, with a focus on McCoy/Spock.

A Warped Sense of Revenge, New Life, New Civilizations, Exploring Strange New Worlds: Short featurettes dedicated to Idris Elba’s Krall (with spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie yet), the alien design, and the production design.

Gag Reel: A fun collection of flubs and goofs.

For Leonard and Anton: Two sweet dedications, one to Leonard Nimoy, and the other to Anton Yelchin, who died shortly before the movie’s release.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall, STAR TREK BEYOND is a solid Trek, and one that, in contrast to the Abrams films, never tries to be something it’s not (i.e- STAR WARS). The saga is on solid ground once again, and if a fourth film happens, hopefully the studio will bring Lin back for another go-round.
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6:19PM on 12/13/2016
The abandoned Yorkville? I gather you mean Franklin? And the space station is the Yorktown.
The abandoned Yorkville? I gather you mean Franklin? And the space station is the Yorktown.
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