The first reaction I had to this movie came from its loud advertisement campaign. It threw Star Trek fans through a loop with its loud rock song and emphasis on motorcycle stunts. To some it was the evidence of the new director, Justin Lin, who had helmed the Fast and the Furious franchise for so long. The truth is, that loud advertisement seeped into my subconscious and infected me with anticipation. I had been more excited for this movie to come out than the previous entry, Star Trek Into Darkness, which had the added benefit of Benedict Cumberbatch. That entry had its effect on this one though, evidence found from its opening box office being 10 million less than its predecessor. But I dare to say that this movie took the risk to surprise movie goers with a film worth buying on Blu-ray.
The main complaint I have with the movie is one of the innovations Justin Lin brings to the table. The constant spinning of the camera to encircle the subject is an overused camera trick in the first 10 minutes that is reminiscent of motion sickness. With this as an omission the rest of the film is exciting, funny, and skews towards the conceptual.
The philosophical questions and debate that Star Trek is supposed to invoke have been long forgotten since the 2009 reboot. The series is now know for its spectacle set pieces and the slight tug on emotion, but with a set precedent. The previous films have defined the narrative and emotion to, at its center, be about Spock and Kirk's relationship. This film dares to shift that focus which might cause some people to feel that there is something missing from this entry.
This voyage from the star ship Enterprise focuses more on the main crew dynamic, also adding a new character to their roster as well. This was done in the previous film with Alice Eve's character, Carol Marcus, which does not return for the end of the trilogy. It would be a hopeful event that this new character would be added to the main roster, but it will probably not happen. These new character additions really help to elevate the film so this new character is a welcomed edition.
All in all this movie is pretty similar to the other Star Trek movies, so if you liked those ones you will like this one.