Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond won’t let you space out

Jonathan Vikram Pradhan | July 21, 2016 6:54 pm Print
Star Trek Beyond goes well into the uncharted territory of the unknown.

Genre: Si-Fi
Director: Justin Lin
Writers: Simon Pegg and Doug Jung
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana

As one may expect from a film directed by the man (Justin Lin) responsible for adrenaline-rushed scenes from Fast and Furious, action starts in Star Trek Beyond even before you are settled in your seat properly. So if you are keen on getting a dose of the intergalactic wars kicks, the thirteenth film in the sci-fi franchise is definitely your staple.

USS Enterprise spaceship is headed out on a mission led by Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) with his crew. They encounter an unexpected attack by a rogue alien Krall (Idris Elba) who is after an artifact that is aboard the spaceship. The quest to escape the attack spirals into a full-blown space war, resulting in the spaceship crashing on a mysterious, edged-rocks laden world, but not before Capt Kirk and his aides manage an exit. Rest of the crew is taken hostage by Krall. Kirk and his team somehow get back together with a little help from an inhabitant who is also trying to escape Krall’s sway in the land. In a swirling round of fast-paced scenes, Kirk and his team manage to revive an old USS enterprise which had crashed on the land earlier and gets back to the Starfleet. Digging up information on the attacker alien, it is revealed that he is someone with a vengeful plan.

Peter Chiang kills it with his visual effects be it bringing out the 23rd century world scenes or throwing a swarming fleet of spaceships ripping through the USS Enterprise.

Writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung keep the story tight and you can’t help a smile here and there when Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Dr Bones (Karl Urban) are in conversation.

If you are an 80s kid who grew up watching the Star Trek television series, Beyond throws back some decent dose of nostalgia.

For making the two and a half hours viewing seem like an hour, Narada gives Beyond 3 hashtags out of 5.

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