by Mica Wilhite
The USS Enterprise has been ambushed and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) has given the order for the crew to abandon ship. This beginning action sequence to the latest installment of the Star Trek reboot series, captures the audience’s attention and only lets up here and there to give viewers a chance to catch their breath and see a glimpse of each core crew members internal struggles and strivings. Such is the formula for a great summer blockbuster film and the 122-minute “Star Trek Beyond” does not disappoint.
J.J. Abrams directed the last two Star Treks, but understandably opted to shift over to the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” project in May 2014. He continued on “Star Trek Beyond” as a producer but left room for director Justin Lin to take the reins and incorporate his fast and furious style into the project. A key high point for the film is when Kirk fearlessly, and in a decidedly un-Star Trek way, demonstrates his Freestyle MX skills in his quest to escape from the story’s antagonist Krall, who is perfectly cast as Idris Elba.
Trekies were undoubtedly saddened as Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov, suffered a freak accident in December 2015 and Leonard Nimoy’s death just eight months before. However, this production has reason to continue eyeing the future. In a year when the United States may elect our first female president, the crew of the Enterprise is arguably saved single-handedly by a new addition to the story, metalhead Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), affectionately referred to by Scotty (Simon Pegg) as “Lassie.”
“Star Trek Beyond” is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for
sci-fi action. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show
times. Live long and prosper and beam yourself over to see it soon.
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