Movie Review: STAR TREK BEYOND

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Movie Review: STAR TREK BEYOND

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Star Rating (out of 5): ****

Yes, another sequel! I totally wasn’t hoping for an original film! Once again, a new member joins the unoriginal club. This time, it’s STAR TREK BEYOND. In BEYOND, the crew of Starfleet are lured into a devastating trap that strands them on a dangerous planet. Instead of JJ Abrams, we’ve got Justin Lin in the director’s chair. Lin is known for the Fast & Furious films, so hardcore Sci-Fi fans weren’t exactly excited for this movie. Were they right not to be?

THE GOOD
All the characters have significant, well balanced storylines. I loved the relationship between Spock (Zachary Quinto) & Bones (Karl Urban). Previous installments focused on his relationship with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), but BEYOND pairs him with the sarcastic doctor. This relationship is where Simon Pegg’s writing shines. This film payed a lot of tribute to the original TV series. It felt a lot more like a Star Trek episode than the other movies. Instead of always focusing on set pieces, this felt like a smaller scale film with a bigger focus on characters. I felt satisfied by the end, appreciating Justin Lin’s direction.

THE BAD
The main antagonist isn’t as compelling as Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) from INTO DARKNESS. I was disappointed, especially since the role was played by the phenomenal Idris Elba. The character felt bland & uninteresting, the pacing sometimes jumbled. There were times where things seemed very long, then times were they seemed very short.

FAVORITE SCENE
The attack on the Starship Enterprise. This was an intense & impressive scene.

LEAST FAVORITE SCENE
The final battle. It was quite predictable.

THE VERDICT
BEYOND is a fun ride. If you’re a Star Trek fan, you’ll appreciate this film for it’s send-back style. The characters are the best part, each being important. The action scenes are exciting & innovative. Despite the pacing being jarring, you’ll walk out satisfied.

BONUS:
RIP Leonard Nimoy. The film pays respect to him in a heartwarming way. RIP Anton Yelchin. May they both live long and prosper

Review by SAM SILBER

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