Star Trek Beyond
Out Now On-Demand
The 13th Star Trek film, the third in the newly rebooted series. JJ Abrams, director of Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), steps aside for Fast & Furious stalwart Justin Lin.
Halfway through their five-year mission to boldy go where no-one has gone before, the crew of the USS Enterprise is forced to abandon ship and battle for their survival on an unknown planet. Hidden inside a nebula, this is where Krall (Idris Elba) has been planning an audacious attack on the Federation. Simon Pegg wrote the screenplay alongside Doug Jung after the initial effort by Roberto Orci (at one point set to direct) was rejected for being "a little bit too Star Trek-y", according to Pegg.
Adventure, Science Fiction, Blockbuster
Rating: M Violence
Early on in Star Trek Beyond, we hear Kirk, via his Captain's Log, amusingly describe things on the Enterprise as having become "episodic" after several years in space. It's an articulation of the film's stated intention to evoke the spirit of the original series, a goal the film achieves without devolving into a nostalgia run.
It's just so darn refreshing to see the Enterprise crew go on an actual mission for once. The story here is a welcome respite from the over-reaching, status quo-challenging plots of the two previous films. Indeed, this kind of leaves both of those films for dust, displaying a spry, sardonic touch they both notably lacked.
Everyone is in fine form, performance-wise, but "our" Karl pretty much strolls away with the movie, which benefits greatly from his interplay with Zachary Quinto's Spock. John Cho (Sulu) also totally kills it - somebody needs to put that guy in an action-comedy already. Pine is more at ease as Kirk, and makes a bountiful meal of his inventive action set-pieces.
Things simply gel in this film in a way we always hoped they would in this new Star Trek universe. The entire film is a delight, but whoever came up with the fist pump-inducing finalé gambit deserves a medal - it's quite possibly the coolest big screen Star Trek moment since Spock zapped those punks on the bus in The Voyage Home.
The sense of a massive universe with infinite possibilities permeates Star Trek Beyond. It's a thrilling and honourable ode to what makes the property special that will leave you excited for what its future holds.
Time Out London
Total Film (UK)
Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)
A mediocre plot with plenty of action, twists, adventure and humour.
Bad acting. Terrible accents. Some good action though.
Star Trek Beyond
A great thrill ride from beginning to end ... Loved it.
I was ready for another adventure of the universal kind and the wait was worth it. What a great film i almost felt like i was trekking across the universe with the captain and crew and sharing in their joys and troubles.
The actors protraying the main characters do not disappoint and do their predecessors proud. In quiet solitude the audience is with Spock as he reflects on the passing of another Vulcan who came before him and acknowledged as The Ambassador. What a fitting tribute to a man who gave this role meaning.
Looking forward to the next adventure of the trek kind and what can you say about Idris.
Hip, flip, whizz-bang schtick.
Boldly putting the fun back into the franchise, this 13th STAR TREK film, the third in the rebooted and CGI-suited Trekiverse, is pretty entertaining. Littered with laughs, action and cool CG, what it lacks in character development, story, subtlety, sci-fi chops or intellect it tries, a little too desperately (for me at least), to make up for in hip, flip, whizz-bang schtick.
Justin Lin, fresh off the braindead, macho fun and frenzy of THE FAST AND FURIOUS franchise, (where he directed 5 and 6 and FAST AND FURIOUS), is a proven action director, who can handle light comedy drama very well indeed. Here he does just that, pleasing the crowds with some spectacular space stuff, including a stand out set piece featuring The Enterprise, in a fight, set to the music of The Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’. Cool, right? Hip, flip, whizz-bang schtick.
Harking back to the well-established characters, undergoing a self-contained adventure format of the original STAR TREK TV series, BEYOND sets up our heroes as good guys, and Idris Elba’s alien as plain bad. No room for subtlety in characterization, no room for complexity in the plot.
Still, the script, by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, has plenty of heart and humour, relying on interesting pairings of our heroes to milk the fun of mismatched buddies and get back to what that old, original TV show did so well. Which was, in essence, to set up characters we got to know and love, and have them explore the odd moral dilemma, in the certain knowledge that, though they may stray on occasion, they’ll wind up doing the right thing.
Stand-out comedy buddies here are Spock (an otherwise underutilized Zachary Quinto), and Bones (Kiwi star, Karl Urban), the oddest of odd couples making the funniest duo since Shatner and his hairpiece. Talking of Kirk, Chris Pine plays a more mature ship’s Captain, and whilst his acting remains pretty wooden, he at least appears to be relaxing into the role. Pegg, as Scotty, plays the comic relief role JJ Abrams set him up to be in the first two movies in his rebooted timeline, and seeing the late Anton Yelchin in his final Trek evokes memories of how good he was in GREEN ROOM and what might have been.
Of the newbies, Sofia Boutella as the alien, Jaylah, kicks ass as a fiery warrior, while a masked Idris Elba does his best to threaten and emote behind all that latex.
There are plot holes a-plenty, and character depth is ejected in favour of beaming up gags and action set-pieces. That said, it remains a fun, if limited, voyage with some much loved characters. Let’s hope their next adventure sees the crew go boldly forth with a better script, a fiercer villain and a less contrived, slightly more complex narrative.
Still, if it’s escapist, big screen adventure you seek, you could do far worse than BEYOND’s popcorn-crunching fun.
Star Trek Ultra
Star Trek - Beyond
Another great series in the new reboot franchise. I thoroughly enjoy Jj Abrams last two, & his producing this one is proving just as good. Like a miss-mash of ‘Enemy Mine’ ‘Enders Game’ ‘Bermuda Triangle’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ it really has little for everyone, just like the Star Trek’s of old. This film had me on the edge of my seat a few times, when the screen wasn’t shaking like Jame Bond’s drink, and laughing in all the right places. It gave a nod to the past Star Trek’s (in more than a few scenes) and lifted the game in sci-fi family entertainment. Shame about the bike, but you’ll get it when you see it. Loved it to a fault, but came out very happy with everyones hard work. Great to see Sylar being almost good, as well as Judge Dredd but still very grumpy, and that cop from ‘Hot Fuzz’
Genre : Sci-Fi, Adventure, action, family
4/5 : It was good, not great, but with a great cast. Few areas just felt out-of-place with the rest of the film.
It's a shame JJ Abrams let go of the creative helm on this one as this new franchise had made such a great start. Simon Pegg wrote it and managed to get in some vintage themes but on the whole the emphasis was less on storyline and more on visual effects with an overly loud soundtrack. Good for viewers who just want an onslaught of action and noise but probably not for the hardcore Trekkies.
Really not good.
One of the worst things I've seen this year. Boring action scenes, no character development. Really uninspiring.