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Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond
Starring:
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella


Rated: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: July 22, 2016 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Who would have expected the Star Trek franchise would continue to be viable when it began back fifty years ago, but it's here and thriving on the big screen with the new cast in Beyond The passing of Leonard Nimoy (the original Spock) and very young Anton Yelchin (the new Sulu) are recognized in the script and in the dedication of the film. The loss of the youngest and oldest members who have played key parts in the series are emotionally felt by the traditional followers of the series.

The story line does not move far from the standards which have been part of the story line over the years. An evil leader, Krall (Idris Elba), who leads an army of drone like followers who fly around the Enterprise attacking like bees defending their hive. The purpose is to secure an amulet that connects into a metal socket which gives power to increase Krall's ability to destroy the Federation.

Built on that slim idea, the mission of the Enterprise which begins as a peace mission turns into a sucker plan to draw the star ship into a location where it can be attacked early on in the film and unexpectedly crushed and destroyed by a massive invasion of the bee swarm like drones of Krall.

The story line following the officers of the Enterprise as they attempt to discover the purpose of the amulet, and a method to battle Krall. They must release the captured crew members, halt the connecting of the device to its location, and get back in space where they can find a way to effectively challenge the enemy.

Within the story line Beyond brings more action to the series, particularly early on during the initial attack and the crashing of the Enterprise on the planet. At the same time the script is filled with comedy and the edgy relationships between the various members of the well known cast. All that brings in what is new and available on the screen tied to the nostalgic world of Star Trek which is remember.

The best example of relations falls to Spock and Bones as they are forced to battle together and survive due to the skills each brings to the story. Bones uses his professional skill to heal a wounded Spock and turns his actions in to a comical response. Bones also learns that Spock has given Uhura a pendent that emits low radiation which comes in handy during the rescue but Bones sees it as a way to keep an eye on Uhura's location.

The action and comedy meld together bringing nostalgia and the new Star Trek smoothly to the screen. This is one many will want to see more than once.

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