Obviously it was because of a good story.
My worry is though, where do they go from here? What other stories can they tell?
I mean, this movie was unique because it "reboots" Star Trek, re-writes history, changes everything, that is EPIC.
What else could they do that would top that in this new universe?
I feel like maybe they've topped themselves here.
They can do whatever they want now. The crew is united on the bridge and just go from there. This was Batman Begins. The next movie is The Dark Knight.
Harry Mudd: "Let’s turn the clocks back. A year ago, Starfleet wouldn’t dare cross any of you. I mean, what happened? Did your -- did your balls drop off? Hmm?"