Captain Kirk (Pine) is bored. Three years into a five-year assignment steering the starship Enterprise hither and yon across the galaxy, it’s all just become so humdrum for him. Kirk’s ennui breaks when the ship crash-lands on a distant planet, scattering the actors into micro-hives of ones and twos, in a blow to the ensemble cast’s collective chemistry. (They’re better when they’re all buzzing together.) Competent but heavy with dutifulness, the script by Simon Pegg (who co-stars as engineer Scotty) and Doug Jung (who cameos as Sulu’s husband) puts everyone in a place on this rock and gives them a purpose. But there’s none of the joyful, swashbuckling sense of adventure evinced in the film’s predecessors, nor a compelling case made for the stakes: Supervillain Krall (Elba) is a real drag, and his superweapon, the Abronath, sounds like something jaunty and tartan Scotty might pick up in a Highlands gift shop.Read a full review of Star Trek Beyond.