Review: Star Trek: Beyond (2016 movie)

While docked at a starbase for supplies, Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise contemplates leaving his position. Then an escape pod arrives with an alien who pleads for help and Kirk agrees to lead his crew to investigate the place where the alien’s ship crashed. The simple rescue mission soon becomes more dangerous and dire than anyone could’ve anticipated.

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Kirk, Spock, Sulu, Scotty, Uhura, Bones and Chekov are all back in this third movie of the Star Trek reboot series. The USS Enterprise is on the third year of its five-year mission, and life on board has gotten to its crew. Kirk in particular feels lost and doesn’t see the meaning of being captain anymore, and even Spock is considering a change of career.

Their personal problems will have to take a back seat when the Enterprise comes under attack by a swarm of strange alien ships. They can’t hold up against the attack and end up crash-landing on the nearby planet where the crew gets separated from each other. They quickly learn the aliens are after an ancient artifact that’s on board the Enterprise. The crew does its best to protect the artifact, but it’s only when they learn of its true origin and purpose that they realize exactly what’s at stake.

Star Trek: Beyond is an entertaining action-adventure film with a solid plot. It had a few unexpected twists (and a few expected ones) but my favorite part was the characters. Sure, they’re different from the Original Series. They’re still good in their universe and it was nice to follow their dynamics. Even the “baddies” were interesting, which always makes for a much deeper story.

The visuals were good and even though I’m not a huge fan of 3D, here it helped bring the movie alive. And I think there were less lens flares than before! Science fiction has the luxury of creating amazing new landscapes and Beyond didn’t disappoint.

It’s been a while since I saw the others, so I’m not sure if it’s me or did this movie have a bit more action than them, but at least there was never a dull moment. Every scene carried the story forward and the two-hour running time felt just right.

I’d recommend this movie for anyone looking for action mixed with science fiction. If you’ve liked the two previous movies in the series, you’ll no doubt like this as well.

∗4/5∗


The fourth and final Camp July Care Package will be Mystery and it’ll be posted on Wednesday.

 

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