Director: Justin Lin
Writers: Simon Pegg, Doug Jung
Actors: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana
The first five minutes are nostalgic and quiet, funny and filled with charm. Captain Kirk is considering leaving the Starfleet, so it’s time for serious reflection. After this last assignment, then perhaps he’ll quit. And then… ATTACK! All hell breaks loose. The enemy is comprised of a hive mentality, and the ships are like bees swarming to engulf the lone Enterprise. There is no way the Enterprise can withstand such a blitzkrieg attack. And they don’t. The ship breaks apart and dozens of life-pods eject the desperate crew members onto a hostile planet occupied by the enemy. Kirk and his team are split into different factions, and they each adventure forth to find and rescue the survivors of the debacle. When the individual teams find each other, they unite to create an impossible plan to escape the planet and then conquer the enemy somehow.
Filled with humor and charm, this is a very satisfying episode in the Star Trek franchise. What made it outstanding for me was the focus on the humanity of the group. They care about and for each other and are willing to include so-called “alien” species into their embrace. The topography of the enemy planet is beautiful and terrible all at once and seduces the very stretches of our imagination.
Chris Pine has matured into a believable Captain. His passionate rush into danger has been tempered somewhat, and our respect for him grows proportionately. The same goes for the inimitable Spock, always so true to himself. The other characters live up to our expectations and it’s easy to draw more colors into the spectrum of their personalities. Director Justin Lin has an intimate understanding on how to maximize the filming technologies of today. CGI effects are incredible… don’t walk out before end credits because they are breathtaking… scrolling against a panoramic view of our wonderful solar system. In short, this is a frabjous film!
TAGS: Star Trek Beyond, Justin Lin, Simon Pegg, Doug Jung, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Alba