STAR Trek’s third instalment shot into cinemas across the country on Friday (July 22). Quays News film reporter Andrew Riley went along to see if it was fit to match the opening two movies…
The third instalment of a franchise is usually where it begins to fall down. This however seems to avoid many of the pitfalls that some third episodes suffer from, written as it is by lifelong Trekker Simon Pegg.
The basic premise sees Kirk & Co grappling with some very human problems as well as trying to rescue the crew of a ship stranded inside an uncharted nebula out in deep space.
Both Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are struggling to get to grips with life so far from home, and this mission comes at just the right time for them both.
Once things start to go awry, and the Enterprise is down, its crew separated and the bad guy Krall (Idris Elba) looking to finish his super weapon, the crew begin to fight for each other and their lives, ably assisted by the enigmatic Jaylah (Sofia Boutella).
The action is enough to keep you wanting more, the gags subtle and the pathos of dealing with the passing of the late Leonard Nimoy make this possibly the best of the reboots to date.
Suspense, intrigue, fast action and a nod to those who have gone before.
It all builds to an action-packed ending with time running out to save the Federations latest deep space station, Yorktown, from Krall.
How did Twitter react?
Loved Star Trek Beyond! May be my 2nd favorite of the entire Trek movie franchise! Great action and great characters!
— RJ Justavick (@RJ_TMC) July 23, 2016
Star Trek Beyond was great. The villain made zero sense but that's ok
— Dad (@fivefifths) July 23, 2016
I thought #StarTrekBeyond was fun! Felt a bit rushed and superficial at times, but enjoyed it.
— Brad Wilcox (@thegreatmutato) July 23, 2016
I have not been paid to tell you that if you need a break from Earth do yourself a favor and see STAR TREK BEYOND this weekend. It's so fun.
— DC Pierson (@DCpierson) July 23, 2016
STAR TREK BEYOND: Less ambitious than the previous two films, but had the classic Trek feeling that I really missed
— Ian Brill (@ibrill) July 23, 2016
There was much to be wary of in going to see this film, but having seen it, those pre-conceived ideas couldn’t have been more wrong.
It’s a rip-roaring way to spend two hours of your life.
Pegg’s writing allied to Justin Lin’s subtle direction makes this the must-see action movie of the summer.
By Andrew Riley