Saturday, July 23, 2016

Star Trek Beyond – Reboot

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Cast: Chris Pine (Captain James T. Kirk, Commanding officer of the Starship Enterprise); Zachary Quinto (Commander Spock), Kal Urban (Lieutenant Commander Leonard McCoy, MD, Chief Medical Officer; Zoe Saldana (Lieutenant Nyota Uhura), Communications Officer; Simon Pegg (Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott, Second officer and Chief Engineer; John Cho (Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, third officer and helmsman; Anton Yelchin (Ensign Pavel Chekov, ship’s main navigator; Idris Elba (Krall, a ruthless military commander); Sofia Boutella (Jaylah), Joe Taslim (Manas), Lydia Wilson (Kalara), Deep Roy (Keenser), Harpreet Sandhu, Melissa Roxburgh (Ensign Syl), Anita Brown (Tyvanna), Doug Jung as Ben, Danny Pudi (Fija) Kim Kold (Zavanko), Shohreh Aghsashloo (Commodore Paris), Ashley Edner (Natalia), Jason Matthew Smith (Hendorff), Bryce Soderberg (Satine), Shea Whigham
Directed by: Justin Lin
Produced by: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Roberto Orci
Written by: Simon Pegg, Doug Jung (Based on Star Trek by Genre Roddenberry)
Production Company: Skydance Media, Alibaba Group, Huahua Media, BadRobot Productions, Sneaky Shark, Perfect Storm Entertainment
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Cinematography: Stephen F Windon
Edited by: Greg D’Auria, Dylan Highsmith, Kelly Matsumoto, Steven Sprung
Release date: 22nd July, 2016
Language: English
Duration: 2 hours 02 minutes

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Star Trek Beyond, a film by Justin Lin, is the thirteenth film in the Star Trek Film series. This journey of very famous Star Trek film series began in 1966 as a weekly television series. The first film of this franchise was in 1979 (Star Trek: The Motion Picture). Thirteen films have been categorized into 3 phases: ‘The Original Series films’ having six films, ‘The Next Generation films’ having four films and ‘Reboot Series’ having 3 films, including the latest one ‘Star Trek Beyond’. Star Trek Franchise also has games, novels, toys, comics, magazines etc. This series is also cited as inspiration for many technological inventions including the cell phones and computers. Their films, technologies were almost always ahead of time. The franchise has chosen to celebrate 50th anniversary with ‘Star TrekBeyond’. This is also dedicated to two departed souls of the Star Trek Family – Leonard Nimov (original Spock) and Anton Yelchin. This one is full of action, rather breathless action.

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Star Trek has tried to promote the film in India in unique ways. Mumbai skyline has a poster of a giant Starship Enterprise. Promoters also decided to do a ‘Spaceship Activation’ in a Mumbai suburban mall with a huge remote-controlled ‘spaceship’.

The film begins with Captain Kirk’s efforts to trying to bring peace between the Federation and extra-terrestrial planet. Initial frames also show the bond between Spock and Kirk. Whereabouts of a ship and the instructions of rescuing the same make Captain Kirk and crew of the enterprise travel to the alien planet for one of the most dangerous mission. Rest of the story revolves around, what all challenges they face during their journey. The major challenge comes in the form of antagonist Krall, whose real identity is revealed towards the end of the film. Even the reasons / logic of Krall to destroy the Enterprise are shown in the last frames.Although action dominates in the film, it has its own moments of romance, humour etc.

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Star Trek Beyond’ turns out to be brilliant with its visual appeal, technological brilliance displayed and also the message conveyed to have a vision of humanity that is undivided due to caste, creed, sexuality. Watch the film.

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