Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Review: Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond
07.19.2016
9 10

PLOT: While on a rescue mission, the USS Enterprise finds itself under attack from a vicious new enemy. Their only hope is to work together and stop him from using a powerful weapon that is capable of mass destruction.

REVIEW: The modern summer blockbuster is usually filled to the brim with explosions and intense action sequences. All too often the filmmakers are more concerned with heavy loading CGI and effects, forgetting that we still need to care about the characters. With Justin Lin from THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise stepping aboard the USS Enterprise, you’d expect the same from STAR TREK BEYOND. And then it begins. With an engaging opening sequence involving a not so menacing foe, we find that there is uncertainty in the future. Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) is trying to figure out where he fits in the universe, and Spock (Zachary Quinto) is questioning his relationship with the Enterprise as well as Uhura (Zoe Saldana). This feels in many ways like the original series. And yes, that is a compliment. At a swift two hour running time, this engaging continuation manages to mix action, humor and surprising depth when necessary.

STAR TREK BEYOND finds Kirk in a bit of a personal crisis. His birthday is coming up and he is unsure of where he actually belongs in the Federation. While on a search and rescue mission to help a lost ship, the Enterprise falls under attack from a powerful new enemy. As their ship is ripped apart, the crew attempts to escape but only a small handful manage to avoid capture. All of this revolves around a relic, one that is part of a powerful weapon that could destroy millions of lives. As simple as this may sound, the battle for unity and peace is something that a mysterious creature named Krall (Idris Elba) will fight against. It is up to Kirk, Spock, McCoy (Karl Urban), Uhura, Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Chu) and Chekov (the late Anton Yelchin) to stop Krall from creating massive devastation.

With a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung (who makes an appearance in the film as well), you get a real sense that they were trying to return to the magic of the original series. While much of the script has the crew separated - Bones and Spock are forced to work together while Uhura finds herself in the company of Krall - the statement on the importance of unity is clear. With the help of an alien that Scotty meets when he lands is this strange new environment, the crew must find each other and work together to save not only their own, but possibly the entire universe. What was refreshing about BEYOND is that they avoid just relying on the action. The humanity element is a major force that runs deep within.

The cast does a fine job returning to this universe. Pine fits comfortably into his role as a commander of the fleet, and the rest of the cast continue to bring these characters to life. When it comes to those new to the franchise, Elba creates an intriguing new villain, and Sofia Boutella (KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE) brings us an exciting new ally, one who has faced off against Krall before. Boutella’s Jaylah finds a playful connection after she discovers Scotty who was able to escape the clutches of Krall and his minions. The two actors are terrific together Watching the crew find their way to each other after a devastating crash was all the more gripping because the audience is able to connect to them. Thankfully, they don’t simply rely on mind-blowing action and mayhem.

Considering Lin has spent the past few years bringing us over-the-top car chases with Vin Diesel at the wheel, you’d think the action would be far more overpowering. Yet he puts as much time into the dialogue and making this a personal tale of teamwork. By tearing the cast apart, the personal journey they must make is all the more important. Of course when the attack on the Enterprise occurs, as well as the final battle, Lin handles it incredibly well. There is a moment or two where it is difficult to see thanks to unusually dim lighting, especially in one particular sequence. You can even find a couple of abrupt edits that don't seem to fit very well with the rest of the film. However that is a minor issue that is quickly forgotten when Lin turns the intensity up a few notches.

Justin Lin has given fans an impressive sequel. The director makes for a thrilling experience, which is all the more gripping since the story is just as important as the explosions. The basic premise of them stranded on a strange world desperate to band together to fight a deadly enemy works. In fact, most of the images he presents add to the awe of it all. Lin offers up a few extraordinary sequences and gets creative with how he views a ship taking off into space. Or by using a characters reflection as he looks out into the brilliantly visualized world, there is a quiet visual power that is just as effective as the battles. It also helps that the score by Michael Giacchino adds a level of grandeur with his use of an orchestra and choir.

STAR TREK BEYOND is not nearly as loaded with action as the trailers may suggest, but that is a good thing. The human element is just as important, with a script that manages to bring an equal dose of thrills, drama and even comedic elements - not surprising coming from Pegg. And on a personal note, it is bittersweet knowing that we’ve lost both Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin since STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. With only a couple of minor flaws, Lin has continued where J.J. Abrams left off and it’s oftentimes a spectacular experience, one that isn’t afraid to place the focus on both the human and the blockbuster element.

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN GALLERY & SEE MORE PICS...

Source: JoBlo.com

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

6:53PM on 07/19/2016

MEH

Going to sit this one out since Star Trek and it's actors decided to become SJWs.
Going to sit this one out since Star Trek and it's actors decided to become SJWs.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:51PM on 07/16/2016
I was hoping this would rise above its horrible first trailer. I would like to see another good Star Trek movie again, so this is encouraging. I just wish they hadn't felt the need to destroy yet another Enterprise.
I was hoping this would rise above its horrible first trailer. I would like to see another good Star Trek movie again, so this is encouraging. I just wish they hadn't felt the need to destroy yet another Enterprise.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:42PM on 07/16/2016

Bones and Spock

You guys!!!

Bones and Spock stuck together!!! What these movies needed all along was more classic Bones and Spock interaction!!!! :-D
You guys!!!

Bones and Spock stuck together!!! What these movies needed all along was more classic Bones and Spock interaction!!!! :-D
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-1
3:42PM on 07/16/2016
The last two installments were completely forgettable and have little interest in these disposable movies in thisnfrancise. I'm glad it's getting good reviews but JJ made the into "wait until they are on Netflix" movie chum.

The last two installments were completely forgettable and have little interest in these disposable movies in thisnfrancise. I'm glad it's getting good reviews but JJ made the into "wait until they are on Netflix" movie chum.

Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:55AM on 07/16/2016

I'm still not clear....

So, it's not just all action?
So, it's not just all action?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:17AM on 07/17/2016
Haha good to see I'm not the only one who noticed that.
Haha good to see I'm not the only one who noticed that.
10:56PM on 07/15/2016

Justin Lin is a very good director

He took a really crappy F&F franchise and completely resurrected it. He also directed a few very good Community episodes. He's more than a mindless action director. He might even be a better director than Abrams.
He took a really crappy F&F franchise and completely resurrected it. He also directed a few very good Community episodes. He's more than a mindless action director. He might even be a better director than Abrams.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:42PM on 07/15/2016
That's a bold statement, sir. Ii would definitely say that he is talented to know how to apply his skills to different types of movies while maintaining one eye toward fan expectations. Which is a lovely talent to possess.
That's a bold statement, sir. Ii would definitely say that he is talented to know how to apply his skills to different types of movies while maintaining one eye toward fan expectations. Which is a lovely talent to possess.
10:19PM on 07/15/2016

9 out of 10?

I didn't expect that...
I didn't expect that...
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:12PM on 07/15/2016

This is good news...

I thought the previous two Star Trek films were excellent. Into Darkness has its naysayers... but it is a very solid and often underrated film. I would highly suggest giving it another look. I'm stoked to see the new film!
I thought the previous two Star Trek films were excellent. Into Darkness has its naysayers... but it is a very solid and often underrated film. I would highly suggest giving it another look. I'm stoked to see the new film!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:42PM on 07/15/2016
Now let's hope the other big 'Star' franchise that JJ Abrams left gets better in the sequels as well.
Now let's hope the other big 'Star' franchise that JJ Abrams left gets better in the sequels as well.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:05PM on 07/16/2016
What? I didn't say Force Awakens sucked. I only said I hope it gets better.
What? I didn't say Force Awakens sucked. I only said I hope it gets better.
5:27PM on 07/15/2016

I am impressed

I really thought BEYOND would be a new nadir for the series, with the only hope that Simon Pegg might get some good lines in the script, but I am pleasantly surprised at this review. I'll have to check this one out.
I really thought BEYOND would be a new nadir for the series, with the only hope that Simon Pegg might get some good lines in the script, but I am pleasantly surprised at this review. I'll have to check this one out.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-1
5:12PM on 07/15/2016
Sweet! Can't wait for this to come out and wash the taste of ghostbusters out of my mouth
Sweet! Can't wait for this to come out and wash the taste of ghostbusters out of my mouth
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:22PM on 07/15/2016
That's what she said.
That's what she said.
4:22PM on 07/15/2016
Did not see this getting a 9/10.. super excited now
Did not see this getting a 9/10.. super excited now
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:59PM on 07/15/2016
That's a relief! Into Darkness sucked, at least as a Star Trek movie. I think I'm going to see this one.
That's a relief! Into Darkness sucked, at least as a Star Trek movie. I think I'm going to see this one.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:55PM on 07/15/2016
Beyond excited for this
Beyond excited for this
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:34PM on 07/15/2016

Wow

That was unexpected. But I trust JimmyO, he stands by his opinion regardless of what everyone else does. Excited to check this out!
That was unexpected. But I trust JimmyO, he stands by his opinion regardless of what everyone else does. Excited to check this out!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:30PM on 07/15/2016

Makes sense

Despite the hate and skepticism this film has accumulated, Simon Pegg is a fine script writer and Justin Lin is a genuinely underrated director. So unless they both somehow fell on their faces in the making of this, it was bound to be good. I'm impressed it was received so well though. I'm excited to see it
Despite the hate and skepticism this film has accumulated, Simon Pegg is a fine script writer and Justin Lin is a genuinely underrated director. So unless they both somehow fell on their faces in the making of this, it was bound to be good. I'm impressed it was received so well though. I'm excited to see it
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:27PM on 07/15/2016

Nice Synopsis

Does your site also do film reviews? At any point in watching, if you did, were you surprised that you weren't watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2?
Does your site also do film reviews? At any point in watching, if you did, were you surprised that you weren't watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:38PM on 07/15/2016
G8 B8 M8 8/8
G8 B8 M8 8/8
3:39PM on 07/15/2016
When did you see this movie?
When did you see this movie?
4:31PM on 07/15/2016
What makes people think they have the right to be such dicks to the people who work for this site?
What makes people think they have the right to be such dicks to the people who work for this site?
4:54PM on 07/15/2016
Because apparently having a different opinion is illegal on this site. :/
@victor
Because apparently having a different opinion is illegal on this site. :/
@victor
6:50PM on 07/15/2016
People confuse 'this is my opinion' with 'I am right and I am going to be an asshole about it' quite often.
People confuse 'this is my opinion' with 'I am right and I am going to be an asshole about it' quite often.
3:18PM on 07/15/2016

Whoa

9 out of 10 is a bold statement, sir. I'm going to have to see this and Ghostbusters now. Otherwise, I'll have no other choice but to believe there's a particularly good strain of bud being passed around the Joblo offices this week.
9 out of 10 is a bold statement, sir. I'm going to have to see this and Ghostbusters now. Otherwise, I'll have no other choice but to believe there's a particularly good strain of bud being passed around the Joblo offices this week.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More