July 26, 2016

“Star Trek Beyond”

Since the 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise on the big screen, audiences have not been disappointed.  And the newest installment about the five-year mission of the Starship Enterprise is no exception.

“Star Trek Beyond” enjoyed an estimated $59.6 million debut in North America during its opening weekend of July 22, winning that weekend’s box office and exceeding some expectations, although it fell short of the respective openings of its two predecessors, the 2009 “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” in 2013.

Much of the appeal of the film is its re-teaming of the terrific ensemble cast that has carried the iconic baton in three new installments now.  Among the likeable and capable actors are Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.  Sadly, this marks the final appearance for actor Anton Yelchin as Chekov, as he was tragically killed in an accident just before the film was released. 

“Star Trek Beyond” is the thirteenth film of the cinematic “Star Trek” franchise and, for my money, one of the best.  In the hands of director Justin Lin and a solid screenplay co-written by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg, who plays Montgomery Scott in the film, the story is compelling and entertaining.  The villain, Krall, played by Edris Elba, is a fascinating and frightening character. 

With the right mix of action, drama, and emotion, “Star Trek Beyond” is a terrific summer offering.  It balances an historical perspective and offers an homage to the past, with a forward-thinking approach that is needed for the longevity of the series. 

“Star Trek” is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and Paramount is leveraging the milestone for the benefit of fans of the franchise, including a new “Star Trek” TV series set to launch on the CBS streaming service, “CBS All Access,” in January 2017, and a recent announcement that the next film in the series will mark the return of actor Chris Hemsworth as Kirk’s father.

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