Star Trek Beyond does a beautiful job of immersing you in the futuristic universe of Starfleet and the Federation. On the human (or otherwise) side of things, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, and the core cast continue to do a great job of recreating the synergy and camaraderie of the original Star Trek crew. We would never argue that they are as good as the originals, but they are doing them justice while entertaining 21st century eyes.
Beyond explores a vast futuristic universe, and you’ll certainly feel it when watching the movie in IMAX. The movie is chock full of intense battle scenes — that includes battle scenes in space, as well as hand-to-hand combat. Thanks to IMAX, fight scenes are dizzying and fun. In fact, the film’s commitment to IMAX is unprecedented, in a way — Rihanna’s “Sledgehammer,” a song created for the film, is the first music video to be filmed entirely in IMAX.
The Enterprise receives a surprise attack early in the film that leaves the crew stranded on an unknown world. The plot behind Star Trek Beyond is a pretty solid one and the movie never seems to waste a minute. But, that plot feels like the equivalent of a standalone episode in contrast to the two more epic movies that preceded it, which we weren’t so crazy about. We were also disappointed by how the villain starts out strong and extremely menacing, but quickly fizzles out into a run-of-the-mill bad guy who we feel like we’ve all seen before.
Overall, we were a bit disappointed that there wasn’t a stronger arc in Star Trek Beyond, but at least Trekkies will appreciate the homages to the original Star Trek cast found throughout the movie. With that said, the latest installment in the Star Trek series doesn’t feel like a must-see, but it is an enjoyable and picturesque movie.
Star Trek Beyond arrives in theaters this weekend, starting July 22.