“This is where it begins, Captain. This is where the frontier pushes back! “
- What is this movie about?
The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test…
- Why should you watch it?
It’s Trekkie time! And if you are not a Trekkie yourself, never mind! Since J.J. Abrams made the first new Star Trek movie, expectations are high and all three movies, this included, meet them successfully. Yes, they don’t get the high media attention like the Star Wars ones, but still that doesn’t mean that you should just ignore them. If you are into science-fiction this is a must watch.
This movie takes place a couple of years after the previous one, but no need to watch the first two as this can be watched a stand alone movie. Although it’s not directed by J.J.Abrams, the spirit of the first two is still present in here and there is also a bit of the Fast & Furious spirit thanks to Justin Lin’s direction; plus that motorbike chase.. gives no doubts at all.
All characters are back and their story continues. In this case it takes a bit to understand who the bad guy is but the reason behind being the bad guy is pretty clear, not a big surprise there, which I think is the weak point of the movie, that the reason behind all the action is too normal. In this movie we feel like we are in an Avengers movie: action scenes after actions scenes, but in space instead of in Earth, and even some long time chases, which are pretty cool as this director is an expect in that subject and they are always a breath of fresh air when done correctly, which they are in this movie.
The movie is really entertaining and although the bad guy might be not bad enough, and his reason to be is something usual (yes, we want something more badass) the movie is really entertaining, plus those visual effects are always magnificent and that 60s nostalgia is always present.
- Did you know?
– The limited edition poster which features Kirk, Spock and Jaylah is a homage to the original poster for Star Trek – The Movie (1979) with Kirk, Spock and Ilia.
– J.J. Abrams declined to return to direct the third film because of his directorial obligations on Star Wars: The force Awakes (2015). Abrams stayed on as a producer for the third film while screenwriter Roberto Orci – one of the writers for the first two installments of the newly rebooted franchise – was initially chosen to direct the third installment which later on changed to Justin Lin
– In August 2014, this was announced that Paramount Pictures has pushed back the film’s release in time for the 50th anniversary celebration of the late Gene Roddenberry’s original series.
– The motorcycle sequence was a nod to The Fast and the Furious films. Justin Lin directed the later The Fast and the Furious (2001) films.
– The film takes place in 2263.
– The first Star Trek film ever to be shot primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia and not in Hollywood. All existing sets, including those of the USS Enterprise, will be rebuilt from scratch in a large studio in Vancouver.
– McCoy and Kirk toast to “perfect eyesight and a full head of hair” a reference to Star Trek 2 where Kirk need for glasses due to old age as well as William Shatner’s toupee.
– Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov) died tragically almost a month prior to the film’s release.