A surprise attacked in outer space forces the Enterprise to crash-land on a mysterious world. The assault came from Krall (Idris Elba), a lizard-like dictator who derives his energy by sucking the life out of his victi,s. Krall needs an ancient and valuable artifact that's abroad the badly damaged starship. Left stranded in a rugged wilderness, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew must now battle a deadly alien race while trying to find a way off their hostile planet.

This highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin <The Fast and the Furious> franchise at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond”, 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.

After two films in the director’s chair, 2009’s <Star Trek> and 2012’s <Star Trek: Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams and his team selected director Justin Lin, a veteran of <The Fast & Furious> to bring <Beyond> to life. Growing up in the 80s, Lin remembers <Star Trek> reruns becoming a regular part of family time and the crew of the Enterprise felt like an extension of his family.

Despite Lin has brought his bravura action energy and get his juices flowing to make vehicles fly through space, this nostalgic flair <Star Trek> series are starting to feel a little episodic and dragging the audience to a bigger black hole by prolonging the never-ending series. Fans of <Star Trek> may disagree on this yet a confession of franchise fatigue is made for bringing new life to the beloved science fiction franchise, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Anton Yelchin’s unexpected passing for his portrayal of Pavel Chekov has devastated the cast and crew of <Beyond>, the Star Trek family lost one of its own. Co-writer and co-star Simon Pegg who grew up on the franchise and also a sci-fi buff handles the revise gracefully. There are plenty of adventures and bittersweet built on the relationship between the characters and decorated with some stunning visuals. Things go more or less as you expect and quote formulaic and lacking in surprises with the crew hops into, and out of, danger. Simply too convenient! No?

Review: 3/5
Opens Citywide: 21 July 2016

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