Justin Lin will no longer be known as the "Fast and Furious Guy", from now on he will be known as the "Star Trek Guy" and for good reason. Lin has been a Trek fan since he was a kid and it really shows in his new movie Star Trek: Beyond. Taking the helm from J.J. Abrams, Lin has teamed up with writers Doug Jung and Simon Pegg to take the crew of the Enterprise in an entirely new direction. Three years into their five year mission, the ship is attacked by an unknown race led by Idris Elba's Krall, which leaves the crew stranded on a nearby planet in uncharted space.
|On the Bridge|
Anyone who said Into Darkness was too much of a rehash of Wrath of Khan should be pleasantly surprised by Beyond. By developing an original story that's true to the source material Pegg and Jung have breathed new life into the franchise. Beyond is certainly never boring, it's engrossing from start to finish with a great story, beautiful CGI and a mysterious villain. As with the first two instalments, performances are great all round. It's good to see the supporting cast get some development as well as a little more to do, especially Anton Yelchin in what would become his final appearance as Chekov. Sofia Boutella joins the cast as the almost feral Jaylah, an orphan who has been stranded on the planet for years. Lin is respectful of what came before, including what Abrams has done with this new timeline but he has put his own mark on the series as well which includes easing up on the lens flares that Abrams seems to love so much. This is obviously the first movie that doesn't feature Spock Prime but woven into the story is a really fitting tribute to Leonard Nimoy. It's not just slotted into the movie, it's one of the themes that Zachary Quinto really gets to work with and show the conflict between the emotional and emotionless sides of Spock.
|Kirk, Chekov and new friend Jaylah (Sofia Boutella)|
|Spock forgets how to aim|
|Sulu and Uhura|
|Scotty and Keenser (Deep Roy)|
|Justin Lin the "Star Trek Guy"|
Justin Lin has managed to get rid of the stale feeling surrounding Star Trek since 2013's Into Darkness. Those who criticised him based on the first Beyond trailer and his association with the Fast and Furious movies are hopefully eating their words right now. It's not yet known if he will return for the already confirmed fourth instalment, but with Chekov's fate uncertain and Chris Hemsworth signed on to return the hype is already building. Now that Lin has proven he can do more than just a Fast and Furious movie, I'm curious to see what he can do with Jeremy Renner's upcoming Bourne movie.
Star Trek: Beyond is a fitting tribute to lost crew members Anton Yelchin and Leonard Nimoy who may be gone but thanks to millions of fans worldwide will never be forgotten.