Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond (2016)
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Star Trek Beyond: Beyond disappointing

I really was so much looking forward to Star Trek Beyond. I’m no Trekkie, so the reboots have in no way offended me or betrayed one of my beloved franchises. Still, I’ve always enjoyed the Star Trek television series and movies, so this latest release has been on my radar for a while.

This third film in the rebooted series is the most disappointing of the three. The action sequences are clumsily handled, with typically lazy fast-cut editing making it next to impossible to really follow the action. Since the movie relies on action rather than the kind of thoughtfulness synonymous with Star Trek stories, there is very little tension as we know that none of the major characters are going to come to any real harm, and the day will be saved.

The beauty of Star Trek has always been WHY a prevailing issue came about and HOW the issue was resolved (usually diplomatically, with little violence) . In Star Trek Beyond the writers have at best glossed over the why, and as for the how have just turned the crew of the U.S.S Enterprise into an army of Rambos.

 

Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) and Scottie (Simon Pegg) in Star Trek Beyond.

 

The positive: I really enjoyed the character of Jaylah (Sofia Boutella). That’s about it. The humour present in the first two films seems to have dried up and the chemistry between the major players seems a distant memory. The bridge crew look decidedly bored.

About a third of the way into the film I realised I wasn’t really caring about what was happening on screen. Half way through I was bored, and toward the end I was wondering why all the enemy ships were blowing up (oops, spoilers) but was kind of happy they were as it meant the end was nigh.

Too many plot holes, too little care given to telling the story, and lazy effects that look fake and are purely designed to overshadow the shallowness of the story. It’s a yawn-inducing humdrum mess.

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