RosieMeter: 27% Wilted
Runtime: 2 hrs. 2 mins.
There is nothing after the credits
The USS Enterprise crew, including Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Scotty (Simon Pegg, who also wrote the screenplay) continue to trek through the wilderness of the universe on their five-year mission. When several members of the crew get stranded on the planet Altamid, they must fight against the evil Krall (Idris Elba), who’s on his own mission to destroy the Federation.
The film is directed by Justin Lin of the Fast and Furious franchise and it’s easy to tell. But if you find pleasure in fast cars and furious crashes, watching the same action scenarios with spaceships as they roar between stars is really fun stuff.
The breakout star of the film is Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), who plays Jaylah – a tough, independent lady-alien who loves two things: rap music from the 1990s and kicking ass.
The third installment in the latest Star Trek reboot satisfies visually, but lacks any real emotional connections or personal stakes, despite Kirk having a birthday that makes him one year old than his father was when Kirk, Sr., died.
If there’s a fourth film – and I’m sure there will be – I certainly hope Boutella returns.
The main protagonists and antagonist are men, but they did add an exciting new female character, Jaylah (Sofia Boutella): 7 pts.
Two female producers and one female editor earns 5 pts.
The film includes two women’s stories, Jaylah and Ohura (Zoe Saldana), but they are not the main storyline: 5 pts.
Quality of filmmaking/entertainment value: 10 pts.
Does not pass the Bechdel/Wallace test: 0 pts.