- Flashing lights, loud noises, and things exploding! Oh dear me!
- Chris Pine exudes authority like a scrappy dog: didn't feel he cared about anything even when he pulled a muscle trying to act like he did. I think the two dimensions I got were "sad" and "risk taker".
- At no point did I feel the villain was anything but a tool. Spock was boring.
- Everyone's flying out of the destroyed ship into space and nobody seems to give a f--k. The Enterprise used to be the center of the show and now its something we can smash up like it's made of legos.
- Only person I cared about in the whole move was Captain Pike, who they killed off pretty quick. The only person I really liked was Simon Pegg (Scotty).
- After the ship get tossed and turned and everyone's flying around like confetti, 10 seconds later everything's normal again and looks at Spock like "what's he in a hurry about?"
- No efforts or energy put into plugging these massive leaks that should kill everyone. No efforts to triage or even address the hordes of more-or-less dead people. Oh except that pretty blonde girl? Let's heal her up!
- They surgically removed a sequence from the first movie and inserted it this movie (radiation leak, main character sacrifices life to save the ship). The first JJ Abrams movie just made a horde of references to the previous series, but ultimately went it's own way. This one recycled and entire plot sequence. I'm not sure it it was *exactly* the same because I walked out.
Anyway, this was all a big, stupid lark built from a whole bunch of other scripts, some from movies that had already been made. I didn't care about the characters and didn't feel like anything took place anywhere other than a soundstage in Burbank. In that sense, the painfully low-end budget old series beat them out here. I really thought they were in space or on some other planet once in a while.
Now my personal message to JJ Abrams: For god's sake, hire a script supervisor or someone to work on continuity. I get that Gore Verbinski can smash up a pirate ship and not really go back and address anything, but the assumption there is that pirates are disposable and these guys can take a knife or two in the gut. I don't expect you to tie up all the loose ends, but pick 3 or 4. Also, while we're on the topic, you should apologize for the final season of Lost.