Bones (Karl Urban) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) escape certain death in Star Trek: Beyond.

REEL REVIEWS: Trekkie membership not required

Brian Taylor and Peter Howe take a look at the latest in the franchise with Star Trek: Beyond

Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are three years into their five-year mission to explore the galaxy. When an alien distress call leads them through a nebula, they discover a new enemy in the lizard-like form of Krall (Idris Elba). Surprised by Krall’s formidable technology, the Enterprise is forced to crash land on a hostile planet. The crew will have to work together, battling an army while trying to find a way off the planet.

We say, “Being a fan helps, but Beyond is still a fine film.”

TAYLOR: Not “fine” like a glass of wine, but fine like hair. Meaning that Star Trek: Beyond falls prey to two of the biggest problems in Hollywood today: it caters to a closed community and subscribes to an opinion that a film’s climax should be a prolonged action scene. Not that Trekkers are standoffish, quite the opposite really, like the members of the Federation themselves, they are peaceful, welcoming folk.

Also, it is not the case that the characters in the Star Trek universe are averse to kicking ass. I would prefer that life was more like Star Trek, not less. But this film is about fighting and killing and as such, I feel it tries too hard to be modern entertainment rather than Star Trek. It seems every movie I’ve seen so far this summer is two-part formula piece: set up interesting characters in interesting places and then have them destroy as much as possible.

HOWE: I will agree with you, there is a lot of killing. What happened to setting the phasers to stun like the good ol’ days? But I guess they have to step it up a little and make it a little more hard-core as that is the world of movie entertainment that we live in, especially when it is up against the biggest space franchise of them all.

When the new Star Trek came out a good few years back I was really very impressed with it, the second from a couple of years ago was even better I thought, this one I’m afraid felt like it was a carbon copy of that movie but with just a different bad guy.

TAYLOR: I am a fan, but I’m also a jaded movie reviewer. My wife, who is a self-admitted Trekker, enjoyed it more than I. She said she got goosebumps all over when the Enterprise crashed. I did not, but I still more or less enjoyed myself. The effects were excellent, the acting acceptable, the story was at times unbelievable, even for Star Trek, but apart from being quite like every other summer blockbuster, Beyond has characters we like to like. At least, I do. I only wish these new films went in a direction less dependent upon action.

HOWE: The Enterprise being destroyed and blown to pieces was pretty spectacular. However, isn’t the ship’s name jinxed, isn’t it now three for three movies that it has been destroyed?

— Taylor gives Star Trek: Beyond 3 reptilian traits out of 5.

— Howe gives it 3 Vulcan necklaces out of 5.

– Brian Taylor and Peter Howe are film reviewers based in Vernon. Their column, Reel Reviews, appears in The Morning Star every Friday.

 

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Police encourage reporting of suspicious events following reports involving children

Terrace RCMP are asking the public to report any suspicious adult interactions… Continue reading

Soup kitchen sees “groundswell of community support”

Donations toward looming tax bill push non-profit back in the black

College buys a yurt to boost student success

Round tent-like structure part of college instructional shift

Terrace husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

BC Ambulance presented each a Vital Link Award for separate incidents of CPR

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

VIDEO: Fuel truck and train collide in B.C. causing massive fire

More emergency crews are still arriving on scene of a massive fire at the Port Coquitlam rail yard.

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

UPDATE: Brother of B.C. teen killed by stray bullet says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down in Vancouver while on his way home from dinner with his family

Most Read