Star Trek Beyond is a 2016 American science fictionadventure film directed Justinby Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, based on the series Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry. It is the thirteenth film in theStar Trek film franchise and the third installment in the reboot series, followingStar Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles as Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock, with Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin reprising their roles from the previous films. Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella also join the cast.
Principal photography began in Vancouver on June 25, 2015. The film premiered in Sydney on July 7, 2016 and was released in the United States on July 22, 2016. The film is dedicated to the memory of Yelchin, who died a month prior to the film’s release, as well as fellow Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who died during pre-production. The film received positive reviews, with many critics praising the performances, action scenes, musical score, visual effects, and tributes to Yelchin and Nimoy, and has grossed over $195 million worldwide.
Three years into its five year mission, the USS Enterprise arrives at Starbase Yorktown, a massive space station, for resupply and shore leave for her tired crew. Struggling to find continued meaning in their mission of exploration given the endless nature of that objective, Captain James Kirk has applied for a promotion to Vice Admiral and commanding officer of Yorktown. He recommends Spock as the new captain of the Enterprise. Meanwhile, Hikaru Sulu reunites with his family, Spock and Nyota Uhura amicably end their relationship, and Montgomery Scott works to keep the ship operational. Spock also receives word from New Vulcan that Ambassador Spock has died.
The Enterprise is dispatched on a rescue mission after an escape pod drifts out of a nearby uncharted nebula. The survivor, Kalara, claims her ship is stranded on Altamid, a planet within the nebula. The rescue turns into an ambush when theEnterprise is overwhelmed by a massive swarm of small ships and is quickly torn apart. The swarm’s alien commander, Krall, and his crew board the ship, and unsuccessfully search for a relic called an Abronath that Kirk had obtained for a failed diplomatic mission. Krall has taken many of the crew from the ship. As the Enterprise continues to break up the saucer section hurtles towards the planet; the survivors abandon ship in escape pods.
On the planet’s surface, Sulu, Uhura, and other surviving crew are captured by Krall. Kirk and navigator Pavel Chekov, accompanied by Kalara, locate the wrecked saucer section. Kalara is discovered to be Krall’s ally when she tries to retrieve the Abronath for him. To escape Krall’s soldiers, Kirk activates the still functional boosters, causing the saucer to lurch forward, crushing Kalara. Meanwhile, a wounded Spock and Dr. Leonard McCoy search for the other survivors. Spock confides to McCoy that he intends to leave Starfleet to continue the late Ambassador Spock’s work on New Vulcan. Meanwhile, Scott is rescued by Jaylah, a scavenger who previously escaped Krall’s encampment. She takes Scott to her makeshift home, the grounded USS Franklin, an early Starfleet vessel that went missing over a hundred years before. With Scott’s help, the ship is repaired. Scott is reunited with Kirk, Chekov, McCoy, and Spock. Using the ship as a base, they plot to raid Krall’s camp and transport the crew to the Franklin, then escape the planet. Meanwhile, Krall threatens to kill Sulu and coerces Ensign Syl to hand over the Abronath that she had kept hidden for Kirk. The Abronath is the missing half of an ancient bioweapon, created by the planet’s original inhabitants, that can instantaneously disintegrate a humanoid. With the device now complete, Krall intends to attack Yorktown and kill its inhabitants, and, using its advanced technology, go on to attack the Federation. Krall demonstrates its deadly effect on Ensign Syl as a horrified Uhura helplessly watches. Kirk and the others free the crew as Krall launches into space with the bioweapon, leading his drone fleet to Yorktown.
This was an all new Star Trek adventure for me. I’m not sure if the story was based on one of Bradbury’s books or not, but it was pretty awesome, and not related to the older “original cast” movies. There isn’t much to say other than, 5 stars and Highly Recommended. The imagery is fantastic, as are the characters. The new adventures and cast members have fully won me over. – MR