STAR TREK BEYOND Review – by James Mandell
The thing about all those overblown special effects blockbusters is there’s only so much real estate you can appropriate when battling super villains and destroying multiple metropolises on Earth. So the folks at Bad Robot, after what can only have been exhaustive rounds of gathering focus group data, have moved the action to outer space, where a galaxy-class spaceship can breathe a little.
Everybody’s back in this latest iteration, but tragically, for the last time, given the bizarre circumstances of Anton Yelchin’s (playing Chekov) real-life crushed-in-his-Studio City-driveway death just a few weeks ago. Recent word is the producers have vowed never to replicate him again.