Star Trek Beyond

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The Starship Enterprise is in its third year of a five-year mission in the movie, Star Trek Beyond. The year is 2263 and the USS Enterprise intercepts an escape pod that drifts out of a nebula in deep space near the new space station, Yorktown. The pod’s occupant, Kalara (Lydia Wilson) tells Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) that her planet was attacked and most of her people were killed. Although she barely managed to escape, she pleaded with Kirk to take her back on a rescue mission. (Of course Kirk never says no to a woman is distress.) As soon as the Enterprise clears the dangerous nebula, hundreds of small spaceships attack and enter the Enterprise through a hull breech. Commander Krall (Idris Elba) is searching for an alien artifact which was given to Kirk on a previous mission. The Enterprise sustains so much damage that it crash lands on the planet and the crew is split up into small groups on the planet. On the surface, Kirk and Chekov (Anton Yelthin) along with Kalara, locate the saucer section of the ship and find the artifact inside. In the meantime, Lieutenant Uhura (Zoe Soldana) and Sulu (John Cho) are immediately captured by Krall and imprisoned with the rest of the crew. In other areas of the planet, Dr. “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban) helps a seriously injured Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Montgomery “Scotty” Scott (Simon Pegg) meets Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) who’s been stranded on the planet for years. When Jaylah takes Scotty back to her “home” he is shocked to realize it’s actually a Federation ship named the USS Franklin that crashed there almost a hundred and fifty years earlier. Now all the crew has to do is locate each other, heal Spock, rescue Uhura and Sulu from Krull, and repair a ship almost a hundred and fifty years old so it will fly again. (I couldn’t even get my old car to start after it sat for a week when I was a teenager.) This film feels like one of the old television shows but with a much better script, excellent acting and realistic special effects. This is the type of movie that Star Trek fans will love. Yes, there are some plot holes big enough to fly a spaceship through, but the entire film is so much fun. The first two-thirds of the film is character based with the actors highlighting their individual roles. Two actors who really shine are Karl Urban and Simon Pegg whose roles have expanded since the first two movies. This may be the result of Simon Pegg teaming up with Doug Jung to write the script. (Of course, if I were the writer, Kirk and Spock would have died in the crash and I would have taken over as Captain.) I’m sure science fiction fans will love this film as much as Trekkies and I’m giving it a B+ rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects