Star Trek Beyond (BD/DVD/Digital HD Combo) [Blu-ray]
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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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That being said, I loved the first star trek reboot.. it was absolutely awesome, instantly one of my favorite movies. I loved into darkness as well, excellent movie.. I was expecting to love this one too but I didn't. The episodes of Star Trek I hated the most were the ones where some one gets stranded on some planet and gets involved in some indigenous conflict.. that's basically what this movie is. I really didn't like it, kind of regret buying it, wish it was available for rental instead. I like Star Trek for the sciency space stuff.. not this.
In its earliest incarnations it dealt with issues as diverse as race relations, gender equality, alternatives to global conflict, and even cross-cultural contamination. In succeeding years it continued this tradition and even expanded upon it.
"Star Trek Beyond" does deal with some issues such as same-sex relationships in a subtle way, but, overall, it misses the mark in my opinion. This is not to say that it's not an enjoyable movie, because it certainly is, but only to note that it lacks the social commentary that many of us older Trekkies consider an absolute necessity in any film featuring the crew of the Enterprise.
That said, the actors portraying the core crew of the Enterprise continue to impress me with their interpretations of their characters. Christopher Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and the other key cast members have breathed new life into the characters that have become so familiar - and so beloved - over the past half century. That is no easy feat and they are, I think, to be applauded for their dedication to the fictional crew of the Enterprise.
The special effects in "Star Trek Beyond" are extraordinary, especially the destruction of the Enterprise. In the past the starship has suffered more than its share of damage from a variety of foes and has even crashed but the scenes in which this latest version of the Enterprise is destroyed are exemplary.
Likewise, I thought the direction was well done: The movie moves along at a steady pace, not rushed nor dragged out.
The story, however, is not all that I would have hoped for even though series regular Simon Pegg was involved in writing the screenplay. In addition to the lack of meaningful social commentary, the narrative gets more than a little convoluted along the way. There is, for example, no real explanation as to just how the villain and his henchmen morph into the terrifying creatures they become nor how they come to command a gigantic swarm of soldiers.
All in all, I give it 4.5 stars because it is a visual treat with some very nice performances and some extraordinary special effects.
Unfortunately Amazon's video service uses a less-than-Bluray sound format noticeable if you like to terrorize your neighborhood with a 7.2 or above high power system. More sane individuals will probably not notice the difference.
that I thought it was more economical to get THIS version: I'll just
use that 2D to 3D button on my remote... it seems to work BETTER
[for MY old eyes].
It's a shame that one of the cast has passed from THIS plane to a
more heavenly one.
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