‘Star Trek Beyond’ (2016, 12A)

The third instalment in the new ‘Star Trek’ film franchise, is ‘Star Trek Beyond’ an interstellar success?

Three years into their mission to explore space, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are in need of a rest. But, after stopping at a brand new Federation base in the outer reaches of space, a distress signal sends Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew back into the nebula to defeat their toughest enemy yet – the mysterious Krall (Idris Elba).

‘Star Trek Beyond’ is definitely one of the best of action films of the year so far. It’s fun, fast and really quite gripping. The film starts well; you’re straight away thrown into the action with a tense and exciting space battle. The film was beautiful to watch, too, the life-like special effects and CGI giving a realism to the story. Although most of the film’s visuals were done brilliantly, there were a few instances where the special effects looked a little less convincing, especially some of the closer up shots using green-screen. This was very far and few between, however, and for the main part the special effects worked seamlessly.

The same cannot be said, though, for the plot. I found that with a multi-story plot as this film had, with each character off doing their own little thing for most of the film and then coming together at the end, too much time was spent on a few sets of characters as oppose to equal amounts spent on all of them. Because of this, I felt that some parts of ‘Star Trek Beyond’ were a bit underdeveloped, leaving you guessing a bit and having to fill in the gaps yourself towards the end of the film.

Despite this, I still thoroughly enjoyed ‘Star Trek Beyond’ for it’s exciting action and beautiful visuals, however felt the plot lacked at points, meaning I’ll have to give this film seven-out-of-ten.



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