When I watched the Paramount trailer, my mind goes: “Whoaa, it looks more like Mission Impossible rather than Star Trek.” And that’s what happened if you gave the keys to a beloved science-fiction franchise to the guy who directed more than half of the Fast and Furious films. And I am enjoying it so much!
Yet, even if it doesn’t feel like Star Trek, it feels like I’m stepping into the future. The other movies didn’t feel like that, they felt like future tech in today’s world. This felt like the 23rd century.
“Star Trek Beyond” is the first film in the reboot series to be directed from fast cars to intergalactic ships, and the end product turns out to be actually refreshing. Never has the franchise been featured with as much grandeur in terms of visual and aural bombardment. Let’s just say it was so much fun because the action was surprisingly inventive.
Of course, there are moments where Justin Lin‘s flavour really ought to have been a little more subdued. Like, do we really need a motorcycle sequence in there? Annoyingly, Krall as the antagonist was a bit of a letdown. While he had his own surprise twist, his overall presence was lacking.
But the new jackets is coool!!
Minor quirks aside, “Star Trek Beyond” is one heck of an experience. It is simply not a science-fiction film at all. It’s an action movie, and it’s a solid, entertaining one. It’s not Star Trek, but it’s pretty damn fun.
Summary: The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Director: Justin Lin
Writers: Simon Pegg, Doug Jung
- Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk
- Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock
- Karl Urban as Lieutenant Commander Leonard “Bones” McCoy
- Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura
- Simon Pegg as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott
- John Cho as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
- Anton Yelchin as Ensign Pavel Chekov
- Idris Elba as Krall
- Sofia Boutella as Jaylah
- Joe Taslim as Manas
- Lydia Wilson as Kalara
- Deep Roy as Keenser
- Melissa Roxburgh as Ensign Syl
- Anita Brown as Tyvanna
- Doug Jung as Ben
- Danny Pudi as Fi’Ja
- Kim Kold as Zavanko
- Shohreh Aghdashloo as Commodore Paris
- Ashley Edner as Natalia
- Jason Matthew Smith as Hendorff
- Bryce Soderberg as Satine
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
After Credits Scene?: No