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We're all wound up with the excitement of Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens releasing in just 2 days that most of us forgot about the latest Star Trek film hitting theaters next Summer. The first trailer for Star Trek Beyond hit the web last night and teased us Kirk and Spock's latest journey.

Yet again, the starship Enterprise is destroyed and the crew are shipwrecked on a strange, deadly planet. What plays out is a montage of action shots from the movie backed up by Sabotage by the Beastie Boys, a song choice I'm not completely comfortable with.

The song played in the first film when Kirk stole his step dad's car at a young age and it worked then because it fit the context of that scene, but having it play here felt oddly out of place. Don't get me wrong, it is a great song, but it doesn't fit the context of this trailer even though they set it up at the beginning in a very Guardians Of The Galaxy type way.

J.J Abrams is not directing this third Star Trek film due to his commitment to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin has directed this latest sci-fi adventure and visually seems to have created a pretty good looking movie, sticking with the style that Abrams set up in the first film. My fear for Beyond is that Paramount have opted for a more conventional tone, it looks as though they're trying to adopt a similar style that Marvel did when they put out Guardians Of The Galaxy, with the music and focus on comedy. We do know that Simon Pegg's first draft of the script was deemed "too Star Trekky" by the studio heads and therefore this might be another Star Trek adventure that will displease hardcore fans.

I enjoyed the trailer, I thought it was fun and had some great action, I liked seeing Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) as the villain of the film and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as an ally to the Enterprise crew on this strange planet.

What did you think of the trailer? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @JamesPorter97

Star Trek Beyond hits theaters July 22nd 2016.


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