Director: Justin Lin. Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Shohreh Aghdashloo. 120 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Sci-fi.
Maybe because I knew J.J. Abrams didn't direct it. Maybe because I knew the Fast & Furious director (who inserted, yes, a motorcycle chase) directed it. Or maybe because the past two Star Trek films had significantly better direction. But the scrambled script, juggling numerous characters and merely providing the means for the next fast-edited, eye-squinting action sequence in close-up, made me feel lost. While a last-minute attempt to bring the franchise back to its sci-fi roots was admirable, till the very end, I never understood why the villain, an unrecognizable Idris Elba under layers of make-up, was so pissed.