The recent reboot of the Star Trek series has had some solid films and that strongly continues with the third entry of Star Trek Beyond. The crew of the Enterprise is over halfway through their five year mission in deep space exploration and things are getting a bit stale for some of the key crew members. That is until during a routine restock at a new mega space station that there's a distress signal and the crew goes on a rescue. This takes the crew through an unexplored nebula for which an attack is waiting causing the Enterprise to crash land on this uncharted planet. The story then picks up in smaller more intimate groups as key members are split apart whereas others are captured by the locals. While some fans of the Star Trek series may have an issue with the pace of the new series I personally love this more exciting action focused version of the franchise and it delivers well here. I honestly had no issues with any part of this film as it was well delivered not only with its action, but with a story of intrigue. It featured all new locations that tested the core of the crew and had one of the best uses of the Beastie Boys "Sabotage" ever.
The film was spectacular not only with story, but with the effects and awe of space being captured beautifully. The world they explored was so unique and it was great that they still kept it small in scale touching on important aspects for each member of the crew. Everyone had more depth added to their characters and the acting was also well done, it's great to see that this younger Enterprise crew has settled well into their roles. Chris Pine once again leads strong with his role of Kirk whereas Bones (Karl Urban) has only gotten funnier with this one and it was nice to see him place an essential role this time around. We're also given a strong new female character Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) that was a welcomed combative member of the crew and fit in well. The cinematography of the film was also beautiful capturing the depth of space while still keeping things grounded. I will however complain that the camera was somewhat annoying with how many rotating shots there were, it was excessive.
Star Trek Beyond continues to explore the universe while developing its strong crew of members and never losing focus. The story was solid creating a sense of intrigue and discovery while still feeling contained around the core characters. The CGI was spectacular in the film with all the action shots looking glorious despite ever growing destruction. I really don't have any complaints about the movie at all with it being a perfect entry into the series and I can't wait for what's next.
Review for Star Trek Beyond at Theater with IMAX 3D Viewing
Screening Provided by Paramount