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.
Full of convenient solutions, none of the storylines were important, Scotty's leather jacket was the coolest looking element, and the only surprise was that it was Idris Elba all along. "Sabotage" to save the day (and the ensuing quips) is dumb. Also, when plummeting down a cliff, one would be pushed back into the chair, not dangling by the straps.
The first half has some good elements: the portrayal of Kirk's disillusionment, the rapport between McCoy and Spock and the first big battle are especially good, all hinting at a possible return to the form and original spirit of the franchise. Sadly, it fails to follow through on this promise: interesting plot elements are not pursued in sufficient depth, Idris Elba is wasted and the denouement is ludicrous. Damn.
Eh, it's fine, but as is the case with most modern blockbusters, it's nothing more than a bunch of CGI nonsense and slick, incomprehensible action sequences. It's also completely forgettable in every way. While it's a perfectly passable piece of entertainment, I can safely say that this Trek reboot series is absolutely not for me.
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.
"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.
Too focused on action for my tastes. Its almost like the ghost of JJ Abrams is haunting this one, even though he wasnt at the helm. Has moments which are great but are bogged down so much that it really just aggravates you over what could of been. Had the potential to be 3.5-4 stars, as it is, maybe 2.5, on a good day.