Star Trek Beyond
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"Star Trek Beyond," the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond," the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
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What JJ Abrams did to the Star Trek franchise is unforgivable.
I didn't know what to expect when I found out that this film was going to be directed by the director of the Fast and Furious films, but I know now: Star Trek has now become Star Wars. Theres a lot of jumping, shooting, explosions, ships whizzing by, miraculous escapes etc. Theres just not a lot of thought behind it. We even have the silly spectacle of Kirk driving around on a motorcycle shooting his phaser at the bad guys. Sorry, if I want an exciting motorcycle scene, I'll watch Steve McQueen in The Great Escape.
Since the J.J. Abrams regime has taken over Star Trek there have been some liberties to the original characters. But not to the extent of this film. We even get Spock giggling and screaming in pain when injured. (Leonard Nimoy's Spock would have gritted his teeth.) Dr. McCoy even gets involved in more of the action than he should, piloting a small ship during the action sequence at the end. Hes a doctor, not an action hero.
The plot is almost incomprehensible, the villain and his motivations confusing. Fairly violent with most of the crew members being slaughtered when the alien villains invade the ship. Not a great idea to have "Scotty" Simon Pegg write the script. We get to see the Enterprise destroyed again. How many times can this great Starship be destroyed? First Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, next Star Trek: Generations, now this. It is getting a bit tiring and starting to become an insult to this great vessel. (I loved the movie and tv series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as a kid. No matter how many silly things they did, one thing they never did was destroy the Seaview.)
A lot of people have decried Star Trek Into Darkness for ripping off the fantastic Star Trek II. This film continues that trend with Kirk depressed that his birthday is approaching and not sure what he wants to do with the rest of his life. Predictably, he figures it all out by the conclusion. (For the record, I much preferred Star Trek Into Darkness to this film, and the first rebooted Star Trek film as well.) There is a nice tribute in this film to the late Leonard Nimoy and Mr. Spock, as well as a nice picture of the original cast taken from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, thats probably the best thing I can say about ths film.
The Producer, J.J. Abrams has stated that he is primarily a Star Wars fan and you can tell by this film: a lot of action, very little thought or new ideas.
I am astounded by the positive reaction to this film by the fans on Rotten Tomatoes. However, after being number one its first week, it dropped off sharply its second and fell to number five its third. It will probably be the lowest grossing of the three Abrams' Trek films. It looks like it won't matter since Paramount announced that they are going for a fourth. If they do, I sincerely hope it goes back to being Star Trek, that greatly intelligent science fiction series, not Star Wars masquerading as Star Trek.