Benjamin Maio Mackay
Star Trek: Beyond - 0 Stars
What happens when you mix some of the worst performances in movie history with a dumb script and sickening cinematography? Star Trek Beyond.
In a bid to discover who he is in Starfleet, outside of his father’s shadow, Kirk and the Enterprise crew head out on an exploration into the furthest reaches of uncharted space. What, or who, they find is a mysterious new enemy that will put them, and everything the Federation stands for, to the test…
The script, co-written by Simon Pegg is atrocious - it attempts to pander to fans of the series and newcomers, resulting in a simplistic plot filled with convoluted words and catchphrases, which I’m sure appeal to no-one. Next let’s look at the acting. Karl Urban may offer the worst performance of all time in this film - I’ve seen toddlers give better performances. The acting as a whole was bad, but whenever people were with Urban they got worse - it was as if he brought the whole cast down with him whenever he was on screen. Also no matter how charming Chris Pine is he still can’t make this movie good (and his performance is one of the best).
Zachary Quinto is painful to watch and the attempted jokes are tacky - with more people groaning than laughing. Zoe Saldana is wasted on this movie and even her performance is weak. Simon Pegg is average while the rest of the cast don’t have enough to judge on - but it doesn’t look good. Idris Elba’s performance, well I say performance - anyone could be under that prosthetic mask - is one of his worst ever.
New director Justin Lin is probably to blame for the weaker performances and in the future instalments he may be able to work on this, but his sound design, music and cinematography choices are unforgivable. The music was cheesy, the sound design sounded like Star Wars and the cinematography (in 2D) made some people motion sick.
Just avoid this movie, it is honestly one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas