'Star Trek Beyond' Buzz: Justin Lin Gets A Classic Sci-Fi Franchise Back On Track

In a little over a week, Paramount will release Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the Kelvin timeline created J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot. This time around Justin Lin takes over the reins as director, which led some fans to wonder if the franchise was ditching its roots for Fast and Furious-style adventures in space.

The good news is that by many accounts, Star Trek Beyond comes closer than any of the Kelvin movies at capturing the spirit of the original TV series. The other good news is that the film also seems to feature some really great action set pieces. The bad news is... well, actually, it doesn't sound like there is a ton of bad news. Not everyone was completely enamored of the film, of course, and hardcore Trek fans will surely have their own ideas about what a new Trek movie should or shouldn't be. But overall, it sounds like fans of this franchise can look forward to another fantastic adventure. Get the Star Trek Beyond buzz below. 

While full-length reviews of Star Trek Beyond won't be in for another few days, following last night's press screenings a number of critics took to Twitter to share their thoughts. (The mere fact that Paramount was letting them react on social media is a sign that the studio is feeling pretty confident about this film.)

/Film's Jack Giroux was a big fan.

.... but /Filmcast's Jeff Cannata was somewhat less impressed with Star Trek Beyond as a Star Trek film.

Now let's move on to some other critical reactions.

Paramount's Star Trek reboot got off to a promising start with Abrams' 2009 film, but then stumbled a bit with 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness. It's great to hear Star Trek Beyond manages to right the ship without completely torpedoing what made the original franchise so special in the first place (at least according to most of the self-proclaimed Star Trek fans quoted above). What a way to mark the 50th anniversary of the sci-fi franchise.

Star Trek Beyond opens July 22.

"Star Trek Beyond," the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin ("The Fast and the Furious" franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In "Beyond," the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.