Star Trek Beyond (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
122 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Star Trek Beyond Review


The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

Star Trek Beyond (2016) is a 120- min American science-fiction action adventure film that was based on Gene Roddenberry‘s creation of the series, Star Trek Beyond. It is the third installment in the reboot series and is the thirteenth film in the Star Trek film franchise. The movie was shot in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Seoul, South Korea, and Paramount Studios - 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious (2009), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)) exceeded well above my expectation for this fantastic film.

Simon Pegg, who played Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in Star Trek Beyond, also co-wrote the film’s script with Doug Jung. The entire film crew did justice to this movie by paying a crazy amount of attention to details which resulted in an adventurous Star Trek movie that all fans should enjoy immensely. You can see the dedication the crew put into this film from the very first scene to the last scene which is admirable and makes it if I am not mistaken, the best Star Trek compared to the recent films. Star Trek fans should see this film as soon as possible because they will be treated to everything they might expect and much more.

Star Trek Beyond started by introducing us to Captain James T. Kirk ( Chris Pine - Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Rise of the Guardians (2012), Unstoppable (2010)) who informed us of what he and his crew are doing. James and his team are on a five-year mission, and they are only on day 966, but the stress is getting the best of them because traveling in space are setting in after being in space for so long. James and his team stopped at a new Federation base, Yorktown so that they can take a break for a few days and return to civilization.

James and his team did not get much of a break after Kalara (Lydia Wilson - About Time (2013), Never Let Me Go (2010), The Making of a Lady (2012)) come to the Federation with a problem. Kalara’s crew was attacked by Krall ( Idris Elba - Pacific Rim (2013), Prometheus (2012), Thor (2011), Zootopia (2016)) who is a hostile alien warrior from the planet of Altamid that has taken Kalara’s team hostage. It did not take long to see that Kalara has other intentions that may be premeditated as she sets her eyes on James’ ship, the Enterprise.

Krall unleashed his unlimited/endless army of bees on the Enterprise upon them approaching Altamid - the Enterprise was defeated/taken down. James and his crew are now stranded on Altamid, but his team still stand united as they began plotting against Krall and how to stop him from declaring war on the Federation by unleashing a biological weapon on Yorktown. I was shocked to see the Enterprise/James crew divided into pairs because it is not a norm in Star Trek movies. I was somewhat humored when Lieutenants Sulu (John Cho) and Uhura ( Zoe Saldana) broke out of their prison to send a message to the Federation. Scotty (Simon Pegg) did not team up with anyone but soon befriends Jaylah ( Sofia Boutella - Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), StreetDance 2 (2012), Monsters: Dark Continent (2014)) who is a warrior. Jaylah is scavenging Altamid in the hope of finding a way to escape from Krall.

Star Trek Beyond was an amazing adventure that I will like to go on again as it has more than enough action that was not overdone, filled with humor and emotions. It was a film that was thought out as it was well-constructed, thoughtful, displaying love and respect, well-paced humor, and just a masterpiece in almost every way. I feel as though Star Trek Beyond is a tribute to the characters that we/fans have admired over the years resulting in fans walking out of the theater with humongous grins on their face because it is just spectacular. I could not believe my eyes when I saw that every alien was done perfectly and was just mind boggling to look at as they were all detail oriented with so many unique designs making it a beautiful creation of artistic work. All of the actors gave us brilliant performances that could not have been better but it is sad Anton Yelchin who played Chekov will not be in any other Star Trek movie because he passed away after the film was made. My favorite actor/actress in this movie is Sofia Boutella because she was full of energy, pizzazz, and her performance was full of different emotions.

About Star Trek Beyond 2016

Title: Star Trek Beyond
Original Title: Star Trek 3
Year: 2016
Runtime: 122 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Deep Roy, Jonathan Ray Buckhouse, Jonathan Buckhouse, Idris Elba, Jamie Soricelli, Jonathan Ray, Dan Payne, Greg Grunberg, Douglas Chapman, Fraser Aitcheson, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, Sofia Boutella, Jeremy Raymond, Matthew MacCaull, Shea Whigham, Ashley Edner, Fiona Vroom, Joseph Gatt, Christian Sloan, Emy Aneke, Zachary Quinto, Adam Stone, Trevor Mack, Priya Rajaratnam, John Cho, Rebecca Husain
Writers: Simon Pegg, Doug Jung, Gene Roddenberry, Patrick McKay, Roberto Orci, John D. Payne
Director: Justin Lin