Cert: 12A Runtime: 122 mins Director:Justin Lin Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba
We will find hope in the impossible
Rebooting isn’t always the best but Star Trek worked! When J.J Abrams brought a new generation to Star Trek the world thought he was mad! We are now entering Star Trek beyond without Abrams, Justin Lin takes the helm and Simon Pegg on writing duty. It has been a sad time for the Trekkie community with the passing of Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin, this truly will keep there spirits alive. So what is Star Trek Beyond about? Struggling to come to terms with his father’s formidable legacy, Kirk (Chris Pine) is still adjusting to the role of Captain and leader. Standing alongside him is half-human, half-Vulcan Spock (Zachary Quinto), communications officer Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Dr Bones (Karl Urban) and engineer Scotty (Simon Pegg). But when the Enterprise comes under attack from deadly new enemy Krall (Idris Elba), the entire crew is plunged into another nail-biting battle for survival.
Star Trek Beyond is a great summer movie, but my days they played it very safe! It didn’t re-invent anything we just had a good Star Trek story. One could even say it was like an extended episode, but a lot of fun. Justin Lin did a great job with Star Trek Beyond, a bit too much shaky camera but great action sequences. There is a certain scene with a Beastie Boys track that is fantastic. Beyond just flows so well without any slow segments the two hour run time just fly’s by. I was very sceptical going into it since the various trailers for the film were disappointing–looked like the film was going to be cheesy. To my surprise, the film was definitely not hokey and played out exceptionally well. The screenplay is fun, dramatic and comedic. Straight away, you can tell you’re watching a film written by someone as genuine and diverse as Pegg.
Chris Pine gives a solid performance as Kirk, Pegg truly put more focus on his development in the instalment. He really matures in the role and he really was the rock of the piece. Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto make an amazing double act, they are a bag of laughs. But Urban does shine much more in Beyond! Quinto had more of a back seat, he was more prominent in Into Darkness. John Cho, Zoe Saldana and Pegg were not as well utilised as normal. It’s very sad also that this will be Chekov’s last film, Yelchin gave a good performance. As for our new characters Sofia Boutella’s Jayllah is such a bad-ass. She gave great comic relief and she was a strong female. Idris Elba is a good casting, although Krall isn’t a memorable villain. His back story could have really been built more. Overall, Star Trek Beyond is a good Star Trek film. After seeing this, I am starting to have more faith/confidence in the new cast continuing the Star Trek legacy and I look forward to the new films that come out in the series. If you’re an old-school fan, give this one a try. It’s a fun adventure and feels appropriate in the Star Trek universe.