Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review Tuesday: STAR TREK BEYOND

2016 has been a big year for the cinema. So many movies I wanted to get out and watch, Dead Pool, Captain America, X-Men, NOT BvS. Here it is, August of 2016 and I finally got to see something.

The crew of the Enterprise faces a hostile enemy bent on destroying the Federation in the uncharted reaches of space.
I must say, I went into this movie with pretty low expectations. Justin Lin was directing this installment and his resume included those Fast & Furious movies. However, after hearing that Simon Pegg was one of the writers and that Karl Urban (best known for his role as DREDD) would have a larger role, I found myself wanting to see it quote a bit. 

The Enterprise was lured into a trap by a malevolent warrior who resided in an uncharted nebula near the latest and greatest Federation space station. This ended up with the majority of the crew captured and the Enterprise destroyed. It turned out that the Enterprise had, unknowingly, been carrying the heart of a doomsday weapon that Krall (played by Idris Elba) wanted to use against the Federation. 

As you can imagine, the rest of the movie was a series of action sequences and clever scenes. The special effects were seamless. The story and plot worked mostly well. (My biggest question: How did He learn HOW to turn into Krall, and where did his massize army come from???) The cast was perfect. The latest addition, Sofia Boutella (best known as the body guard with the razor bladed feet from Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Jaylah worked well with the existing crew and did a great job.  

I walked out feeling completely satisfied with this movie. It was fun, action packed, not brainless, and good old-fashioned science fiction. Anyone who likes Star Trek should be pleased with this installment.

I have heard conflicting reports regarding where the franchise is headed next. I heard that there are no plans for future movies. But when has there been no hope for Star Trek movies on the horizon for the last 40 years??? Some fans believe they saw an energy hand in the ending credits which could be foreshadowing for the next installment. So? Either way, I'll take it. If this is the end of this series, it closed the book with a fine film. If you were planning to catch it in theaters, you'd better hurry. It's barely in the top ten these days.

More on IMDB
Star Trek Beyond on Amazon.