Beyond offers fast and furious action
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.