Year of Release: 2016
Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Joe Taslim, Lydia Wilson, Deep Roy, Melissa Roxburgh, Doug Jung
Genre: Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6
"Star Trek Beyond" is a entertaining feature, boasting some incredible visual effects and sequences that are truly breathtaking. It's also a film that features some sequences that are incredibly silly, almost belonging on the Dean Parisot's satire "Galaxy Quest" (particularly the section of the film where the crew is in the Alien planet). Justin Lin definitely focuses on putting together a film that is dynamic, where there's enough attention given to most of the crew, with each one of them showcasing what has become their defining traits and trademarks. However for all the action that is put forth, the film lacks a strong antagonist, one that actually brings an extra dimension of threat to the proceedings (something that Benedict Cumberbatch managed to create with the previous feature). Nonetheless this is an entertaining feature, with enough smartness and humor that makes it enjoyable to watch. The cast is uniformly good, with Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban having more time to inject some extra dimension to their characters. Worth watching.