Movie review for ‘Star Trek: Beyond’ and ‘The Purge: Election Year’ (2016)


It’s time to move on from Pokemon Go’s addiction to my favourite hobby of watching movies. I have been busy with that viral game the past few days and I will be done with it soon. Eventhough I’m planning to leave the game very soon especially once after my next semester of study commences, I would still have to admit that it is really a very good game and I’m glad to at least be part of this global fun for a couple of days during my holiday when I was really bored. My attention now is back onto new movies before diverting to assignments from next month onward.

Today, I went to watch ‘Star Trek: Beyond’, the third and the latest film in the reboot of this series which basically revolves on outer space voyage. I didn’t watch the original film series at all and I have no memory whether I did watch the past two new films in the reboot as well. Whatever it is, I will just consider this ‘Star Trek: Beyond’ as a totally new thing for me which is still acceptable as the continuity of the storyline doesn’t play major role for me to digest on what’s going on this movie. This is quite a successful science-fiction film and it delivers on almost all aspects related to that category.

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There were ample of action scenes, smooth and fast pace, beautiful graphics, and good performances by the cast led by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, etc. It’s sad to know that this is one of the final few films starring Anton Yelchin as he was killed in a freak accident two months ago. He was a young bright actor who usually portrayed supporting roles in the past but has a lot of potential in Hollywood in the future. A lost young talent. I also recently saw him in a movie titled ‘Green Room’ of which he is the leading actor and he did very well in there too. Back to the movie, everything is quite well and it’s quite fun to watch this eventhough you may find it illogical especially when a certain problem surfaces in the movie, it can be solved immediately by some main characters explaining some technologies (couldn’t understand them) and tapping on some electronic machines in the ship…and then everything is solved and the story moves on. A bit too easy, isn’t it, without much challenge that would bring the movie to another level and make this whole sci-fi adventure more intense and heart-stopping. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Star Trek: Beyond’ a total of 7.3.

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The other movie that I manage to watch before the end of the day is ‘The Purge: Election Year’. It is also the third film in its franchise and it basically revolves on a night once every year when any crime including murder is allowed and emergency service will be disabled in United States. A strong idea for a movie or two, but when the same concept gets stretched to form a franchise comprising more and more sequels, things start to get dull, run out of gas, and cheap. This is clearly what happens to this franchise. It still has some substance, but is also mostly overwhelmed by only crazy people dressed like clowns and masters shooting and killing people without any real suspense or thrill. It needs to end. I enjoyed the first and a bit on the second movie. I felt tired for this third movie. It is still watchable and the concept still worked out with slightly different approach in every sequels. But after that, I hope for no more, unless someone thought of something really cool and exciting to continue on this plot. So far, for this third movie, it has actions, has some great characters, but lack subtlety, suspense and thrill as highlighted earlier. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Purge: Election Year’ a total of 6.8.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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