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‘Star Trek Beyond’ Review!


The third movie in the rebooted ‘Star Trek’ series is must see movie for Summer 2016. Even if you haven’t seen Trek before, it’s easy to hop on and not feel completely lost. The format of the plot is nothing too terribly unique, we still have a somewhat generic bad guy named Krall (Idris Elba) who feels the federation has some wronged him and therefore, he must destroy it. He attacks the the Enterprise because they have a weapon he wants, he gets the weapon and moves to destroy a nearby federation base. As expected, the good guys win and everything turns out okay. What makes this movie unique and amazing are the character interactions. For a large portion of this movie, characters are paired off and we got a lot more screen time for the main cast beyond Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine).


My favorite two characters that got stuck together were Bones (Karl Urban) and Spock. As most Trekkies will know, these two get along about as well as oil and water. It was great to see these two bond, as well as gain a better respect and understanding for each other. Kirk was paired off with the youngest member of the crew, Chekov (Anton Yelchin). The duo proved to work well together, outsmarting one of Krall’s minions and defeating her. Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Sulu (John Cho) were captured by Krall and the rest of the crew. Truth be told, they didn’t get much time interacting together, as they were mostly used a exposition for Krall’s plan. There’s only so much you can do before the movie gets to long. The last pairing includes my new favorite female trek character, Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) and Scotty (Simon Pegg). Jaylah was left alone on the planet where the Enterprise crew is stranded after her family was attacked and killed by Krall. A strong, yet realistic character, helps Scotty find and rescue the rest of the crew.


This film has many other strong points, including beautiful cinematography, great special effects, a gorgeous soundtrack. There is an added amount of emotional weight given to the film due to the loses of both Leonard Nimoy (Spock Prime) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov). The movie beautifully honored Nimoy, and in the the end credits, both Ylechin and Nimoy were mentioned ‘In Loving Memory’. This movie also did an excellent job of celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘Star Trek’ by reiterating the original message of unity. It was slightly heavy handed, but felt much needed in times such as these. ‘Star Trek’ is a pop culture phenomenon, it highlights our potential as human beings when we work together. 4 out of 5 stars. Star Trek is in theaters July 22.