“This is where it begins, Captain. This is where the frontier pushes back!”
What is it about?
At the 3-year mark of a 5-year mission, the crew of the USS Enterprise, Chris Pine, Sylar, Eomer son of Éomund and Unkar Plutt, are attacked by Luther in drag and crash land on an uncharted planet. They must gather the stranded crew and prevent Luther from fulfilling what he had planned all along.
Who’s in it?
Why should I watch it?
+Star Trek Beyond is probably the best entry in the Kelvin timeline.
+Many references to prior Star Trek installments, movies and television shows that don’t distract the non-Trekkie audience, but pay a decent amount of fan-service to the more open-minded Trekkies.
+We spend more time with Spock and Bones, Scotty and Jaylah which really helps expand the relationships of the characters… ahem… ‘beyond’ Kirk and Spock.
+Writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung’s script is witty and on point.
+The action is as effective as it is impressive.
+You have birthday blues and identify with Captain Kirk in any way.
+Really, damn funny.
+You need more proof that Justin Lin is a clever director.
+Idris Elba just keeps being awesome.
+Scene stealing Sofia Boutella as Jaylah.
+Did I mention it was very, really, damn fun — oh, I did… Doesn’t matter! It’s so much fun!
Why shouldn’t I watch it?
-If you’re a die-hard Trekkie, then Star Trek Beyond will most certainly rub you the wrong way (as most things do…)
-The first Act character development is a retread of many of the motivations of broody Kirk and Spock.
-It isn’t Star Wars.
-The cinematography can be twisty and distracting at times.
-You really don’t like the Beastie Boys.
-You’re expecting the same movie as both Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
-The score can be a little too dramatic at times.
-You don’t like fun in general (or laughing for that matter).
With a fourth installment that has just been announced, Star Trek Beyond has set the series in a fresh new direction. I have faith in Justin Lin and hope he returns to direct the next movie. If you can, please see it in IMAX format. It’s worth the extra price of admission just to see Lin’s impressive visuals in space. I really liked Star Trek Beyond and I think I may be heading back to see it again this week. You should too!
You might also like:
Star Trek The Original Series Season 1 Episode 10: The Corbomite Maneuver; and Season 1 Episode 14: Balance of Terror
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek: Enterprise Season 3
(psst… all the recommendations are for you to pin point some of the references in Star Trek Beyond)