Star Trek: Beyond the Hype

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Star Trek: Beyond the Hype

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The creators of Star Trek, one of the most well-known and well-loved names in science-fiction history, have yet again produced another highly anticipated movie. Though this film is number thirteen in the ever-growing line of Star Trek movies, it promised to be a propitious creation worthy of living up to the hype.

Star Trek Beyond, directed by  Justin Lin, is the latest installment of the Star Trek trilogy, the two previous movies having been updated and revamped by none other than director and producer J.J. Abrams. While the two movies directed by J.J. Abrams gave a fresh new take on the original Star Trek characters, Star Trek Beyond managed to remain even more relevant to the archetype of the first television shows, created in the sixties by Gene Roddenberry. Throughout the movie, there was enough action, suspense, and conflict to keep any die-hard Trekkie satisfied. However, to the dismay of any casual moviegoer, the film was sorely lacking in intrigue, plot-twists, and general inventiveness in regards to the development of the movie’s plot and characters. Though it is arguably unrealistic for a nearly fifty year old franchise to completely reinvent a new storyline, one at least expects not to be bored within the first half-hour of the movie. The plot unfortunately proved to be extremely predictable, and the audience got to see less growth of the actors’ characters as in previous movies.

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The movie opens with the USS Enterprise in the third year of its five year mission. It is headed by Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine) with Spock (Zachary Quinto) as second-in-command. The plot is fairly simple, with a hostile alien named Krall (Idris Elba) as the new villain, who seeks revenge on the Federation (which he believed somehow wronged him) by destroying it and everything it stands for. When they are shipwrecked on an unknown planet, Kirk, Spock, and a host of other characters must work to rescue their captured crew from Krall and his army of life-draining aliens. This movie introduces several new characters, including Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), a scavenger who had previously survived Krall’s wrath. With her help, Kirk and his team are able to rescue the rest of his crew and defeat Krall from eradicating a star base called Yorktown. The ending actually turns out to be neat and satisfactory, if not predictable.

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Overall, while the acting and visual effects for this movie were nothing short of stunning, the film itself proved to be quite mediocre. However, the movie does posses touching references to the original television shows, which is one aspect that fans will appreciate. This film received mixed reviews, though the majority were quite positive. Some major themes that were explored throughout the movie were those of bravery, integrity, grit, and self-sacrifice. In general, while the plot was predictable, the film was a respectable modern adaptation of previous Star Trek movies. Child and adult fans of this movie franchise alike will be heartily satisfied with this admittedly action-packed and visually impressive film. This movie is definitely a must-see for nostalgic Star Trek enthusiasts!

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