One of the issues people had with this movie was that "exploration" was missing. I saw on demand the movie "Europa Report", which is about exploration. It's a good movie, and, for me, proves that exploration can be entertaining and intense.
You could pick up the script for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
and transpose it to the 22nd, 23rd or 24th "Star Trek" series. A wonderful, exciting, entertaining exploration movie.