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STAR TREK BEYOND (2016) – My rating: 9/10

StarTrekBeyondFinding new adventures for the Star Trek series can’t be easy after so many years of TV episodes and the many versions produced on the big screen. Star Trek Beyond is the 13th sequel of the Star Trek franchise and the 3rd reboot.  I’m amazed how well these stories are written. Aside from the fact that I’m a big Star Trek fan, I believe these stories have a lot to offer everyone. This time around, a deceitful survivor and Krall’s henchwoman, Kalara / Jessica Wolff  (Lydia Wilson) lures the USS Enterprise into an ambush as Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and crew respond to a distress signal to rescue her ship stranded on Altamid, a planet within the nebula.  Upon entering Altamid, The Enterprise is attacked and torn apart.  An alien commander called Krall, (Idris Elba) and his crew board the Enterprise searching for an Abronath that Kirk obtained on an older mission many years ago.  Unable to find the Abronath, Krall captures many of the Enterprise crew.  Still, as the ship continues to break apart, the saucer section hurtles towards the planet Altamid.  The remaining survivors abandon the ship in escape pods.

At this point, most of the Enterprise crew is captured by Krall and in his possession, the rest is either scattered around the planet hurt, dead or just stranded without resources. Without giving away too much, I will reveal a wounded Commander Spock, (Zachary Quinto) first officer and science officer and Lieutenant Commander Leonard McCoy M.D., (Karl Urban) end up together searching for other survivors.  Also a new character, Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) is introduced, she is an alien scavenger who previously escaped Krall’s encampment. She lives in her own makeshift home, the grounded USS Franklin, an early Starfleet vessel that went missing over a hundred years ago. Meanwhile, we learn that the Abronath is the missing half of an ancient bioweapon, created by the planet’s original inhabitants, that can instantaneously disintegrate a humanoid. Krall is ruthless and has a plan to match.

There’s no doubt that Star Trek Beyond is a great movie, well acted with an excellent story and fantastic special effects.  So to get answers to the following questions, you have to go see the movie or look it up on line!

** Some Mild Spoilers Below**

Spock – 1) Will Spock and Uhura get back together?  2) Will Spock leave Starfleet and return to New Vulcan to work in his father’s foot steps?  3) Does it make since to leave his relationship with Uhura since Spock is half human and cannot make 100% Vulcan babies anyway?

Spock learns from New Vulcan that Ambassador Spock has passed away.  Spock and Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana) communications officer, amicably end their relationship.  Spock also confesses that the only reason he broke up with Uhura, is because of the shortage of Vulcans. He wants to do his part to repopulate.   Captain Kirk recommends Spock as the future new captain of the Enterprise.

Captain Kirk and Yorktown – 1) Will Captain Kirk Leave StarFleet?  2) What is Yorktown?

Captain James Kirk has applied for a promotion to Vice Admiral and commanding officer of Yorktown.

Starbase Yorktown is a massive space station for resupply and shore leave for her tired crew.

Krall -1) Who is Krall?  2) What is Krall’s plan?

Krall was Captain Balthazar Edison, former commander of USS Franklin who became a powerful mutated alien creature under the alias of Krall.

Krall plans to destroy the Federation starting with Yorktown.

Jaylah: Does Jaylah join Star Fleet?

In Loving Memory:NimoyAndYelchin

The film pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy who died a year before it’s release.

Star Trek Beyond marked one of the final film performances of Anton Yelchin who died in a car-related incident on June 19, 2016, a month before release.

Other Crew Members of Star Trek:
(Simon Pegg) as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott, second officer and chief engineer
(John Cho) as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, third officer and helmsman
(Anton Yelchin) as Ensign Pavel Chekov, the ship’s main navigator. This is the final Chekov performance from Yelchin, as he died on June 19, 2016.



HITMAN: AGENT 47 (2015) – My rating: 7.8/10

Hitman_Agent47Hollywood is making these summer action films better than ever.  I couldn’t find anything wrong with Hitman: Agent 47.  I was prepared to dislike the whole Hitman sequel concept, then write a mediocre review about it.  Instead, I only have good things to say.  Yes it did have much of the familiar precise, robotic fighting we’ve seen before but this plot has a very different twist that I found down right brilliant.  Also, I particularly liked that Hitman: Agent 47 was unpredictable.  I actually didn’t know what was going to happen every step of the way.  For me, this was cause for excitement and mystery.  The movie opens up with agents looking for a girl named Katia van Dees, (Hannah Ware) at any cost.  We don’t know why this girl is so important but we realize that she is the focus of most of the movie and we spend a great deal of time trying to figure out why.  She is befriended by ICA, John Smith (Zachary Quinto) who convinces her to let him help her get away from the deadly forces trying to hunt her down.  Her most deadly hunter is Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) who is an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the bar code tattooed on the back of his neck.  As her journey gets more daunting and friends more scarce, we realize we don’t know anything about her or the people chasing her and we also don’t know who to trust.  As we become more entwined, we are taken on a strange but exciting thrill ride that unwinds with  lots of special effects, good lines and good action.  There’s a lot of content to this story and I think it’s a good one.

I will speak on Hannah Ware’s inexperience at this kind of action movie.  Known for Betrayal (a TV series), Boss (HBO series) and OldBoy (Spike Lee movie) she hasn’t really played this kind of character.  It was noticeable during some of the action sequences when she didn’t seem to know what to do next.  It reminded me of the choreography try outs on “So You Think You Can Dance” when a contestant bombed out because they didn’t know the steps.  I suppose she’ll get better with time.  I really like her as an actress.   At any rate, I smell another sequel judging from clues given at end of the film.  Check it out!