Paramount Pictures will release Star Trek Beyond in theaters in just under a month, from the time of writing this. Hence, it's fitting that the final trailer for the movie - the third installment in the rebooted Star Trek film continuity as well as the first directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) - has now dropped online, teasing more action and drama from the U.S.S. Enterprise's next adventure. The new trailer also includes excerpts from "Sledgehammer", Rihanna's new single that will be included as part of the official Star Trek Beyond soundtrack.
Star Trek Beyond, as written by Simon Pegg (who reprises as Scotty in the film) and Doug Jung, catches up with the Enterprise crew a couple years into their Federation-backed five year mission to explore new worlds. However, even as Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew struggle to figure out the next step on their journey, their mission is interrupted by Krall (Idris Elba): an alien who is devoted in his anti-Federation beliefs and unleashes destruction upon the Enterprise, separating and stranding its crew on an unknown world where they can only rely on their wits - and one another - to make it out alive.
In terms of structure, the third and final Star Trek Beyond trailer lies somewhere between the film's action-driven initial teaser trailer (also set to a pop song, in that case, the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage") and its second trailer - the preview that focuses on Kirk's personal journey to forge his own legacy apart from his father's (Chris Hemsworth, shown here by way of footage from the 2009 Star Trek reboot). Kirk's character thread is also highlighted in the movie's final trailer, as the captain (from his escape pod) bids farewell to his beloved Enterprise after it's destroyed by Krall's swarms of spaceships. All the while, the rest of the Enterprise's crew find themselves scattered apart, in mortal danger, and being actively pursued (or, in some cases, captured) by Krall's forces.
Star Trek Beyond is arriving in theaters in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. As such, it's appropriate enough the the actual film harkens back to the spirit of the original 1960s Star Trek TV series - with a narrative that takes place part-way through the Enterprise's famous five year exploratory mission - at the same time that it features an antagonist asking the question that's all the more relevant now that the franchise is turning 50: do Star Trek's ideals still matter now? Obviously, Beyond is going to answer that question with some variation of "Yes," but it's how Pegg, Jung, and Lin go about answering that question that's important and will determine the quality of the film.
So far, though, the creative team behind Star Trek Beyond appears to be in a good position to deliver a Star Trek film that effectively blends compelling character drama and thoughtfulness with spectacle-driven storytelling. The shocking death of costar Anton Yelchin (who plays Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek continuity) has cast an unexpected shadow over the movie, but hopefully the final film result here will be a fitting testament to Yelchin's time working on the series - in addition to being a fitting cap on fifty years of the Star Trek franchise boldly going where no one has gone before.
Star Trek Beyond opens in U.S. theaters on July 22nd, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures