Go­ing nowhere boldly

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

WITH the reins chang­ing hands on the Star Trek re­boot se­ries comes a change in fo­cus.

J.J. Abrams di­rected the first two in­stal­ments (writ­ten by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtz­man), which built and fleshed out char­ac­ters and their re­la­tion­ships and gave a grit­tier feel to the fran­chise. The third has less of that. Three years into a mo­not­o­nous fiveyear voy­age, Cap­tain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew on the USS En­ter­prise find them­selves be­ing at­tacked dur­ing a res­cue at­tempt and crash­land­ing on a re­mote planet.

They were lured by Krall (Idris Alba), who en­slaves sev­eral of the crew and has plans for de­struc­tion once he gets his hands on an arte­fact which Kirk pos­sesses.

The re­main­ing crew, who were scat­tered across the planet in pairs, must re-team to take him on.

Di­rec­tor Justin Lin’s very ca­pa­ble hands have re­ceived the reins this time, hav­ing sharp­ened his ac­tion skills on a string of Fast and Fu­ri­ous in­stal­ments. He knows how to get the pulse racing.

While his sense of scale in th­ese se­quences is im­pres­sive, he does not quite cap­ture the ex­cite­ment and ur­gency that Abrams did, de­spite his lean to­wards dizzy­ing cam­era- spin­ning move­ments.

Per­haps the is­sue lies in the script, with writ­ers Si­mon Pegg and Doug Jung halt­ing char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment.

That is not to say this isn’t a fun ride. It def­i­nitely is; Pegg’s in­volve­ment be­hind and in front of the cam­era en­sures there is plenty of hu­mour.

Butt-kick­ing fe­male war­rior Jay­lah (Sofia Boutella) and Si­mon Pegg.

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