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Review: 'Star Trek Beyond' delves deeper into characters

Masajeng Rahmiasri
Masajeng Rahmiasri

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, July 19, 2016  /  10:40 am
Review: 'Star Trek Beyond' delves deeper into characters

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Anton Yelchin, left, and Chris Pine appear in a scene from 'Star Trek Beyond'. (Paramount Pictures via AP/Kimberley French)

Three years have passed since Star Trek Into Darkness was released. With news of a fresh piece coming out on July 22, trekkies from all over the world are hyped up to watch the latest installment of the sci-fi franchise.

Indonesian trekkies can rejoice as they will be able to enjoy the movie even sooner, starting on July 20. On Monday, The Jakarta Post was among the limited audience who enjoyed a press screening of Star Trek Beyond .

The story opens with the return of the Enterprise crew led by Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) to Yorktown after their five-year long mission. The return is not a long one though, as they later have to set back into endless space once again following an incident. However, the new mission is apparently a trap set by Krall, who has an army of mechanical drones; resulting in the Enterprise crashing on a rocky planet. As the crew try to figure out their next move, they are guided by a local, Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), who later helps them uncover the Federation's history on the planet.

(Read also: Actor Joe Taslim reveals character in 'Star Trek Beyond')

The audience should expect a different approach to the story as J.J. Abrams has passed the directing baton to Justin Lin, the man who helmed the Fast and the Furious franchise. Overall, the computer-generated imagery (CGI) effects are satisfying, as is the plot, which is quite engaging as it delves into the characters' stories. The cast are also showing distinct characters that belong only to them.

Writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung have also generously inserted jokes into the script, giving more life to the movie. It was easy to enjoy the banter exchanged between the characters, from Kirk and Spock (Zachary Quinto) to Bones (Karl Urban), even during critical times. (kes)