Star Trek Beyond better, but not best

Saturday July 23, 2016 Written by Published in Entertainment
The leading characters in the movie Star Trek Beyond, now screening at the Empire Cinema alongside Dwayne Johnson’s Central Intelligence. Star Trek Beyond is dedicated to Russian actor Anton Yelchin who died in a car crash last month. 16072205 The leading characters in the movie Star Trek Beyond, now screening at the Empire Cinema alongside Dwayne Johnson’s Central Intelligence. Star Trek Beyond is dedicated to Russian actor Anton Yelchin who died in a car crash last month. 16072205

WHEN THE leading crew members of USS Enterprise in Star Trek Beyond are left deserted on an unknown planet, the usually unfazed Captain James T Kirk (Chris Pine) grows a little doubt.

 

“We got no ship, no crew, how’re going to get out of this one?” he asks his senior crew members.

A relatively cool, calmed and collected Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto) replies without any hesitation, “We will find hope in the impossible”.

That little exchange before the good guys mount their attack on the bad guys pretty much sums up the journey of the rebooted Star Trek franchise so far.

The initial movie, Star Trek, directed by JJ Abrams and released in 2009, was a gem.

It had everything one would expect from this classical franchise – a strong story, some amazing action, a dose of humour and breathtaking visuals.

Then came Star Trek Into Darkness. Despite having the grace of genius Abrams once again, the movie failed to meet the expectations of many Star Trek fans.

It was let down by an uninspiring story which lacked depth and context to better its prequel.

Like any good leader would do, Abrams handed the reins to another renowned director, Justin Lin of Fast Furious fame for the newly-released Star Trek Beyond.

Still, nothing new. The latest version has a predictable plot without much mysterious twist to it.

But it has a better feel. A feel that goes beyond Into Darkness with a refreshing touch to an adventure you will want to see more of.

Star Trek, as Commander Spock says in the movie, is finally finding “hope in the impossible.”

The Enterprise in its five-year mission to explore the unknown encounters a mysterious enemy after getting tricked into a rescue mission.

A surprise attack on the Enterprise comes from Krall (Idris Elba), whose mystery unfolds later in the movie.

Krall is after an ancient weapon of mass destruction under Kirk’s possession. He plans to use this bioweapon to annihilate Starbase Yorktown.

After being attacked by Krall’s swarming fleet, Kirk orders the crew to evacuate but most of them, including Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), are captured by the enemies drone ships.

Enterprise makes a crash landing on a mysterious planet with Kirk and ship’s main navigator Chekov (the late Anton Yelchin) onboard.

Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg who is also the co-writer), bumps into an alien scavenger Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), who lives in the USS Franklin, a legendary Starfleet vessel that went missing years before.

Commander Spock and Lieutenant Commander Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban) are also on their own plotting ways to reunite with the rest of the crew.

When they finally reunite, Kirk takes control of the USS Franklin in their bid to rescue their remaining crew and help save Yorktown.

Mystery makes life interesting. It does the same to movies.

In Star Trek Beyond, the only mystery is probably Krall.

The structure remains same as the prequels with a little bit of tweak here and there to make it more relevant and timely.

It’s definitely better than the overcooked plot from Into Darkness which left many Trekkies tasteless.

Director Lin, whose past movies has reportedly churned about $2billion, knows too well how to handle franchise of such magnitude despite the drawbacks mainly from a shallow script.

After delivering knockout blows with the Fast and Furious, Lin seemed to have come at a right time to save the Star Trek franchise from losing itself into the space.

Lin blends the prominent elements in the movie, the humour, action and visuals, with an exquisite balance to provide a mixture which has the power to appeal the mass that are keen followers of this franchise.

No, I didn’t hate the movie. I was simply not impressed with what it had to offer.

It is pleasing to the eyes but deep down, I wasn’t satisfied. I thought a franchise of such magnitude had the ability to do much better.

But it’s definitely worth checking out and who knows, you may end up liking it more than I did.

As for me, I will take Commander Spock’s words, “miserable has no other medicine but hope,” for granted.

What I am hoping for is something a little bit better in upcoming installments on this journey to the dark corners of space.

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