Presented by James M. Tate / 7/21/2016 / No comments / 2016 , franchise , science-fiction
A THURSDAY NIGHT REVIEW OF STAR TREK BEYOND
|Year: 2016 Cast: Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg|
STAR TREK BEYOND aka ANOTHER STAR TREK III is the new franchise's way of getting back to basics, so the title is a bit misleading. Finally off on that brutally lonesome five-year mission, our reposeful Captain is suffering the turmoils of being in the far reaches of space – but with an Americanized planet so close by, they don't seem so "out there" (or dare it be described as "far, far away") like the iconic TV series. Speaking of, BEYOND begins with the kind of campy aliens that most adored from the original 1960's television series; yet with so much CGI it's like a millionaire wearing ripped blue jeans. The humor's in the Marvel AVENGERS style, coming at a fast sarcastic tongue-in-cheek pace, usually from the odd couple that made the Original Cast Movies shine: Spock and Bones. While their reluctant camaraderie works, it's a bit much after a while... As is the villain, who, like Eric Bana's galactic barbarian from the 2009 film, seems like an angry WWF Wrestler seeking world domination using brute strength and half-explained vengeance. But at least, unlike the second venture, he's completely original – and to fit the usually-creative TREK plot-lines, there's a neat twist that ties the whole proverbial room together.
|TREK-BEYOND Score: ***1/2|