Review: Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Beyond

This is a brief synopsis of our first ever video review.  Just as a refresher, we would like you to know that there are 3 static criteria by which we judge films.  Each of these ratings have a maximum of five stars.  The final score is the average of each of these ratings.  So criteria+criteria+criteria/no. of criteria. There is a fourth criteria or, what we call the "wildcard criteria".  This is something that can affect the film as a whole but is exclusive to that film or genre.  It could be something like a character or dynamic.  It could be the use or inclusion of an idea we feel is particularly original.  Ultimately it is something we will assign as we like but we will explain why we are including it and how many stars we are allocating based on it.

It is three years after the end of the last film.  The crew are three years into the five year deep space exploration missions.  Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is a bit worn down by the daily routine of being on such a long assignment and is considering taking a Vice Admiralty of Yorktown Station.  While on leave there, an alien spacecraft emerges from a nearby nebula and asks the federation for help.  It seems the aliens ship has been attacked.  Meanwhile, Spock (Zachary Quinto) gets word that Old Spock (Leonard Nimoy) has died and feels that this development demands he return to New Vulcan and aid in rebuilding his civilization.  It also appears to be a source of contention with his girlfriend Lt. Uhura (Zoe Saldana).
The Kirk is chomping at the bit and welcomes any diversion from the back breaking routine of deep space exploration so they saddle up and head into the nebula.  On the other side an alien flotilla of swarming ships awaits them and a battle ensues.  Enterprise is overwhelmed and destroyed but not before some really cool boarding action sequences and the eventual escape of most of the crew.  During the escape, everyone gets split apart into smaller groups and the next hour or so is spent trying to reunite while finding a way to defeat the enemy, a hostile alien named Krall.
During the various encounters with Krall he keeps on this tirade about how the crew and Captain are weak because of their allegiance to one another.  It wasn't a terribly imaginative theme but I have to say that the writers were disciplined in this regard. It made the film far more enjoyable than I was going to give it credit for.  Once the crew is reunited they use an old federation ship they found, to escape the planet and defeat the alien fleet.  Watch the video review below for a more in depth review.

Writing: 3.5 stars
Acting: 3.0 stars
Cinematography: 4 stars
Wild card: 3D 2 Stars

Running time 121 minutes.  
Starring: Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Jonathon Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Simon Pegg

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J. Austin Yoshino
Author: J. Austin Yoshino
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