Be­yond of­fers fast and fu­ri­ous ac­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - STEVE NEWALL

The char­ac­ter in­ter­play of pre­ced­ing Star Trek re­boot films has been their strong­est suit, so it’s a no-brainer that there’s plenty to en­joy in Star Trek Be­yond sim­ply by virtue of get­ting the gang back to­gether.

In­com­ing di­rec­tor Justin Lin brings with him a more comedic tone, and the sort of ac­tion sen­si­bil­ity you’d ex­pect from the Fast & Fu­ri­ous vet­eran.

But even though this se­quel has a tighter scope than the ex­is­ten­tial threats of the first films, this feels much more an ac­tion movie in space than a Trek pic proper.

That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of rev­er­ence – plus a healthy dose of rib­bing – to­wards prior in­stal­ments over the last 50 years, but there’s lit­tle in­tel­lec­tu­al­ism or hard sci-fi on of­fer.

That’ll keep plenty of peo­ple happy, but avid fans may need to take that aware­ness into the cin­ema with them to avoid some dis­ap­point­ment.

Even if that does strike, it likely won’t be un­til after the cred­its roll, when a mo­ment to pon­der presents it­self after the pacey ac­tion Lin con­jures. It’s in­ter­spersed with equally watchable odd cou­ple dra­ma­com­edy sub­plots that see Karl Ur­ban and Zachary Quinto pair up for plenty of win­ning BonesSpock screen­time, as well as Si­mon Pegg writ­ing him­self plenty of scenes with a kick­ass fe­male alien. Di­rec­tor: Star­ring:

Chris Pine is back in the cap­tain’s chair for the third time, in

Star Trek Be­yond.

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