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by Todd Pearage

Star Trek Beyond (11/1/2016)


Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.

Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Karl Urban and Idris Elba

Directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6, Fast & Furious)


Todd's Rating: Rental

Dynamic ImageWith Star Trek Beyond, there is a sense that the franchise is losing steam.

The Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

At the beginning of the film, we hear Captain James T. Kirk narrate, “things are starting to feel a little episodic” in his captain’s log. That was exactly how I felt at the end of this movie. Which was a big surprise since one of the co-writers is the hilarious Simon Pegg.

So at the risk of sounding like a cliché myself, Beyond goes where the Star Trek franchise has gone many, many times before. Yes, there is distress call. Yes, it leads them to a strange new word. Yes, there is a villain and they are attacked.

I will say the attack is really cool looking. We see the drones puncture the hull over and over and the camera weaves in and out of holes. But the most memorable image is Kirk’s view of the Enterprise crashing into an alien terrain.

There are a lot of one-liners and Star Trek humor…most of which I got…I think.

The cast is all back and fun to watch, as always. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are once again perfect in their roles and Simon Pegg makes me laugh in every scene. We do meet a new character and I have to say that Krall has all the making of a perfect villain. That’s all I’m going to say about Krall.

With Director Justin Lin at the helm, there is never a dull moment. Think Fast and Furious in space. Plus, the special effects are great and really enhance the experience.

It’s not my favorite Star Trek film, but it is worth a “Rental” for sure.


SHOULD KIDS SEE IT?
There is no sex or nudity and the language is on the mild side.

There is a lot of violence in this one, and we see many people die, including the starship being destroyed.


CONVERSATION STARTER:
  1. How would you describe Kirk as a leader?

  2. Why do you think he often thinks of others more than himself?

  3. Read Philippians 2:4 (NIV)

      “…not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

  4. How does Kirk exemplify this in his leadership?

  5. How can you look to other people’s interest?




Todd Pearage Todd Pearage is a movie buff at heart, but he's not your traditional film critic. Todd is a blue collar film geek, from his job years ago at Blockbuster to his heartfelt online movie reviews. But Todd isn't just a film geek. He has worked with middle and high school students since 1991 as a youth pastor and is currently on staff at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Todd and his wife Lynda have three children, Brianna, Caleb and Addyson.



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