Justin Lin

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

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Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Director:

Justin Lin

Starring:

Chris Pine

Zacchary Quinto

Karl Urban

Simon Pegg

Plot:

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.

Review:

Of the three movies I rented from Red Box during a particularly ambitious visit this was my favorite. That’s not saying too much though since I chose some eh movies.

If you want a Sci-Fi action movie than this has got you covered. There are alien planets, fighting in space, fighting with ships, a massive city in space, a roguish captain, basically everything you need for a space opera. It’s like they had a check list of typical Space Opera tropes and checked all the boxes, which is fine and right now there isn’t much of that out there in movie form.

If you’re looking for a Star Trek movie focused on diplomacy and science, basically The Next Generation, then there’s isn’t nearly as much for you. There’s almost a sort of nod to that at the very beginning as though the writers were saying if they did that it would be boring and not worth watching. Whatever. To each their own.

I like the new Star Trek movies as long as I don’t think about the Star Trek series/episodes that I love. If I go into it thinking Sci-Fi Action I enjoy the movies a lot better, it’s only after when I start to think about it that the movies start to bug me and that’s only because they make me feel like I’m never going to get a movie like what I loved.

3.5/5

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Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

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Director:

Justin Lin

Starring:

Vin Diesel

Paul Walker

Dwayne Johnson

Plot:

Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all.

Review:

So I’ve watched, and enjoyed, the Expendables movies, good acting is not a requirement for me to like a movie. That being said this movie was seriously lacking in the acting department. Also holy shit at that move with Vin Diesel jumping out of the car, that was ridiculous, and not in a good way.

I am not the demographic these movies are trying to reach, maybe that’s why I’ve never really liked them. I watch each of them (except Tokyo Drift), eventually, but I never really like them. At their peaks they’re mildly entertaining.

I like cheesy movies, but these just don’t crank my tractor.

2.75/5