Kirk and crew warp back to cinemas for the big five-o…
2016 marks 50 years since the USS Enterprise first fired up her mighty impulse engines. Next summer’s Star Trek Beyond not only needs to raise a glass of Romulan Ale to that golden anniversary – it also has to prove the final frontier remains a viable blockbuster destination on the big screen.
While JJ Abrams rebooted the 23rd century to great acclaim in 2009, the darker, Khanmangling sequel Into Darkness saw some of that goodwill tarnished by planet-sized plot holes and dodgy storytelling choices. JJ’s since jumped ship to the Millennium Falcon, of course, and Disney’s imminent, multi-movie resurrection of the Force threatens to seriously eclipse Trek’s pop-culture profile.
So there’s a lot riding on Beyond. Luckily the omens are good. New helmer Justin Lim delivered the slick, machine-tooled thrills of the Fast & Furious franchise but also demonstrated a gift for bringing out the best in strong ensemble casts. And screenwriter Simon Pegg brings not just a bona fide geek sensibility but the kind of comedy chops that made for some of the most memorable Trek capers from “A Piece Of The Action” to The Voyage Home.
Add the charismatic Idris Elba – potentially on bad guy duty – and a stated intent to return to Trek’s essential mission of deep space exploration and there’s every hope the long-lived franchise will, indeed, seek out new life next summer… Nick Setchfield
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