Movie Review #597 STAR TREK BEYOND.
Beyond what I'm not sure however the latest episode in the latter day Star Trek franchise is another exercise in usual trekkie thrills & spills with James Tiberius & crew locked in another round of mortal combat against an alien life form hell bent on destroying the Federation (it's life Jim but not as we know it).
The Enterprise is attacked early in the piece & her crew sprinkled across various parts of the customary uncharted planet where they are forced into deploying usual resourcefulnesses to overcome adversity, turn the predicament to the positive & finally defeat the bad guys.
Standard feel-good camaraderies between the mainstays of James T/Spock/Bones/Scotty are abound with the Sulu/Chekov sidekick pairing getting equal airtime. In addition the Spock/Uhura dalliance proceeds along plus there's a new chum in the form of the spray-painted Jayla, long ago stranded on aforementioned uncharted planet.
Story is predictable with nothing that hasn't been done before yet it makes for a couple of hours of reasonable entertainment & an escape from the Sunday afternoon low-end wind chill factor of a Palmerston North winter's day. I suspect in a year or two there will another Star Trek movie to squeeze even more out of this egg that believe it or not began with a budget TV show that ran only 3yrs from 1966 through 1969.
For this slice of the reinvention, it's a 7.5/10.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since, I've been mesmerized by the giant screen, and the darkness that went on forever. Despite the infernally uncomfortable seats, (plus having to stand for God Save the Queen), I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism.