It only takes the first ten minutes to know that this is not a J.J. Abrams Star Trek. While there is a slight action sequence to start with, there are no huge explosions, cliff jumps, etc. In fact, you know you are watching a Star Trek movie and not an action flick with Star Trek characters. There’s a sense of wonder back as they visit Yorktown and internal conflict before we get to the external conflict.
Now, if you like action packed movies, you might find the first half hour or so boring, but overall I was pleased with the movie. I didn’t have any of those “oh please” moments or “who would build a ship like that?”
We do get the new sexy female alien who I’m sure will show up again and will be this incarnation’s 7 of 9. However, she’s already on her way to being a fully developed character and she is incredibly smart as well.
The one reservation I had was over the villain. Star Trek is well known for political allegory in its shows and story lines. (After all, Captain Pike was waterboarded in the first Abrams’ film.) So the villain in this piece is a former soldier who won the war but couldn’t stand the peace. He feels abandoned. Given the plight of far too many veterans, I did have trouble with him as the villain.