By Jason Lin
And rarely does the action relent for any breather.
Rushing right into the middle of peril, Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban) and Kirk dash through a bright crimson forest as they are on the escaping end of a pursuit by primitive natives of Nibiru. High effective albeit technically devised with certain hap-hazardous shooting and editing style in sync with the onscreen activity.
While most footage captured are sharp in clarity, the compositions (by Daniel Mindel) are often adequate without being inspirational. Since most of the film's visual scape is constructed with visual effects, the impact should be negligible.
As the action peaks constantly throughout for entertainment, the mystery is subsequently served and well addressed by superhuman Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). With a perplexing sense of unpredictability and a fleeting hint of menace, Cumberbatch manages his performance well and even terrorises with his random burst of mad violence. Khan may well be the better villain of the two Star Trek films.
Also not reined is the science and technology at play where almost everything seems to be both possible and impossible at convenience. Possibly due to the breathless action at hand, there is little or no space for the audience to appreciate the cosmic technology. There has to be a balance between amazing space technology and scientific constrains to keep affairs practical in alignment to the audience's comprehension and expectation.
Nevertheless, technical qualities are beaming especially in the department of visual effects and sound design/mix. Adding on the IMAX footage shot on IMAX cameras, Abrams' first post-converted 3D feature film is indeed engrossing as it arrests all senses when viewed in the large IMAX 3D format.
Although space is the final frontier, it doesn't seem to have prevented Abrams from advancing his cinematic craft in this vibrant action adventure genre piece that warrants a watch or two.