It used to be that you were either a Star Wars or a Star Trek fan. It was just one or the other. It was like a Kobe versus LeBron thing. For some reason you can’t be a true Kobe fan and be a LeBron fan as well. That’s just the way the world works. Unfortunately for fans of both Star War and Star Trek, we’ve seen a period of doldrums for both properties. Though Star Wars Episodes I to III were box-office hits, they were lambasted by critics the world over. The same can be said for some of Star Trek’s releases during the same period. Luckily for fans, Star Wars and Star Trek have seen a resurgence in recent years with visionary J.J. Abrams taking the reigns for both.
In the third and latest installment called Star Trek Beyond, Abrams turns over the directorial duties to Justin Lin. Since J.J. has done a great job with the last two Star Trek, some fans were naturally apprehensive with the sudden change of captains to helm the ship. Now that the movie is finally out in cinemas, was it the right move for Paramount?
If you’ve seen the last two Star Trek movies from the rebooted franchise, you’ll probably agree that both were fun action-packed movies that had an engaging -even if at times a bit convoluted- story. Star Trek Beyond ups the ante even further by doubling down on the excitement and the action of the previous two, only this time making the story a lot simpler and more straightforward. What we get is an exciting ride through the galaxy that brings back the spirit of the original TV series.
When the movie starts, we find a now seasoned Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise narrating about the crew’s experiences in the past few years. He seems a bit weary travelling the vast emptiness of space. Kung nagrereklamo ka sa EDSA traffic, imagine mo kung nagmamaneho ka naman sa SLEX na walang katapusan. Hindi ka ba maaaburido? Ganun si Captain Kirk sawa na siya kumain sa gas station. Both him and his first mate Spock are contemplating leaving the Enterprise when a distress call from a ship trapped within a nebula forces them on a rescue mission. In the far reaches of space, they are suddenly attacked by a mysterious alien being called Krall with a force that’s way more formidable than anything they have ever faced before. This leaves them with no other choice but to land on a strange planet and fend for themselves as they find a way back home.
For those of you who don’t know who Justin Lin is, he’s the director for a couple of movies from the Fast and the Furious franchise. So he definitely knows a thing or two about action sequences and how to juggle a story with a huge cast. And it’s pretty evident in Star Trek Beyond since dull moments are rare and we’re plunged into action right from the get go. There’s also a change in the group dynamic. If the previous movies hinged on the friendship between Kirk and Spock, this time the focus is on the entire crew of the Enterprise. All the other main cast members like Bones, Uhura, Sulu, Scotty and Chekov (played by Anton Yelchin who died in a freak accident a month ago) are heavily featured, with each one having ample screen time.
Kung dati parang Jordan and Pippen si Kirk and Spock, ngayon Golden State Warriors na sila. This iteration of Star Trek was able to show that the crew of the Enterprise is a well-balanced team with each one having something special to offer. “Strength in Numbers” might as well been the motto of the Enterprise. They even have a “Kevin Durant” in the group in the form of a white-faced alien warrior named Jaylah (if her name sounds strangely familiar to Jennifer Lawrence, it’s because Jaylah is supposedly inspired by her).
8/10. The third and latest installment in the Star Trek franchise is the most exciting and action-packed yet and brings back all the things the fans loved about the original.