Failing to bodly go beyond.

Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.

The final frontier is once again upon us, as Gene Roddenberry's iconic and now reimagined creation graces us with its third instalment on the big screen. This time helmed by Justin Lin (known for the Fast & Furious films) along with star Simon Pegg onboard for co-writing duties with Star Trek Beyond.

The crew of the USS Enterprise are 3 years into their 5 year long, deep-space mission and things are beginning to become strained onboard their space-faring vessel. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is beginning to lose track of time with the endless repetitiveness of his days, and the crew likewise are going through their own share of trouble; namely Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) who have hit an impasse within their relationship.

Thankfully the time has come for some much needed rest bite - at an expansive Federation space-station - wherein they will join their loved ones.

Unfortunately seeing as this is a Star Trek movie, a spanner is thrown into in the works of course, namely in the form of an alien seeking help - in a plight on behalf of her fellow crew members who have become stranded on a planet within a nearby uncharted nebula.

The crew of the Enterprise, before they can even spend an hour with their family are already off on another life-threatening mission - talk about a drag. Upon successfully navigating through this treacherous nebula though, things are not as they seem.

On the surface of things Star Trek Beyond is your run-of-the-mill, sci-fi space adventure bearing the name Star Trek, and unfortunately digging a little deeper through that membrane, you’ll find that is all there is to it. Whilst a pleasant viewing experience, with some sporadic - albeit sometimes hard to follow - fun, action set-pieces with well-crafted CG, it never gets away from feeling like a high-budget two hour special of the procedural tv show it's based upon. In today's world with much better sci-fi movies lining store shelves - not to mention better Star Trek movies - it sadly just doesn’t cut the muster.

Star Trek Beyond - Krall (Idris Elba)

When director Justin Lin was first attached to the project, fans were unsure about bringing his fast-paced, action movie chops to their cult franchise, but truthfully Star Trek Beyond far more of a formulaic Star Trek movie than some of the previous outings. You’ll find plenty of cast interaction - some especially fun scenes with Spock and Bones (Karl Urban) - with further development of the overarching Federation happenings along with an interesting new heroine in Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), but in all honesty as Spock would put it; Star Trek Beyond is quite ‘illogical’.

Star Trek whilst being a far-fetched show, has always been known for following the laws of its own universe, its own self-created logic. The script, penned by Simon Pegg (who also plays Scotty) and Doug Jung just isn’t very good, and that translates into a pretty pedantic film that frankly doesn’t make a whole lot of sense as the credits roll. Case in point being the big-bad of Star Trek Beyond, ‘Krall’ played by Idris Elba a South-African sounding, Jem'hadar-looking reject, that just doesn’t make a lick of sense when all motives and science is uncovered. Star Trek Beyond is full of these inconsistencies and downright convenient storytelling that is really a step below the thinking man's sci-fi we have become accustomed to and expect.

What Star Trek Beyond will likely be known for - in the annuls of history - is being the last Trek film to feature the late Anton Yelchin (who plays Chekov). As a film Star Trek Beyond fails to push beyond its own roots and becomes just another very safe sci-fi popcorn movie in an increasingly crowded market, that will likely have you leaving the theatre feeling exactly as you entered.

There is some fun moments to be found in Star Trek Beyond but a poor script and numerous illogical, inconsistencies let down what is a rather tepid affair.

Star Trek Beyond is currently available to buy on Blu-ray & DVD via Amazon or on-demand via Amazon Video.

  • Review by
    David Robinson

    Twitter: @5ypher

    Posted on
    22nd July 2016

  • 3 Out of 5 Stars
  • Poor script

    Some hard to follow action

    Ill-thought-out villain

  • Spock / Bones teamup

    New character Jaylah

    Few nice set-pieces

Film Info

Star Trek Beyond Star Trek Beyond
Rating: 12A
Release Date: 22nd July
Runtime: 2 hrs
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Idris Elba & Sofia Boutella

  • Star Trek
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

Many scenes depicting large scale destruction, death, and one scene of impalement.

The first Star Trek film to be ever shot all digitally along with being the first ever sci-fi work of director Justin Lin.

The female character Jaylah is based upon actress Jennifer Lawrence in the film Winter's Bone.

The first of the Star Trek reboot films not to be directed by J.J. Abrams, who has since moved onto Star Wars.