"Into Darkness" was a film so grim and portentous, it buckled under its own weight. Three years later, "Beyond" is the course correction: a sequel so breezy and inconsequential, it feels light as air. Whether it's proof of the property's diminishing brand or merely indicative of how dismal this Election year has been, "Beyond" is the first "Star Trek" picture I've seen that's less engaging than an in-flight movie.
I dont know. Im sad and frustrated about this one. Maybe I wasnt in the mood for it... which is strange considering how excited I was by the trailer. Sadly I didnt enjoy the movie as much. BUT Im still madly in love with the cast.
It would appear that this rebooted franchise has reversed the curse of only the even number Star Trek films being great, now it is the odd number ones that are the best. This is a non stop action packed thriller with a very human side to it that far surpasses the headache inducing Into Darkness. Here's hoping that we get more Star Trek like this.
I've always appreciated the humanitarian themes behind every Strak Trek film, and Beyond is no exception. A film doted with a big heart that takes adventure seriously nevertheless cannot live without a cohesive narrative. Justin Lin's series debut is a little too focused on the action and less on those propelling it, which is a shame considering how effective the intimate moments are.
Studios, learn this mantra: screenwriting isn't Mad Libs. Throwing more writers at a broken script is like slathering fistfuls of ointment on a sucking chest wound. The patient is dead, Jim. Just start over. Please. However, props to Pegg, Jung and Lin for trying to keep it together, giving us the wonderful Jaylah and the heartfelt tributes to Nimoy and Yelchin.
I remember when they made the first movie based on ST:TNG. It was basically the same as the TV show, except with lots of mood lighting. This is a very standard plot, but updated with modern technology. The enemy does a DDOS attack using toasters and the force. Luckily the Cylons didn't capture the Millenial Falcon.
The finest special effects and fast-paced battles don’t enlarge the soul of this episode, which despite a couple of good punches, never reaches the emotional levels or the vibrancy of “Star Trek Into the Darkness”.