That's the problem with budget. Too much and there's huge pressure to make a movie that will make huge profit on that investment, so they cram what sells (sex! war! kewl xploshins non stop!)
Too little, and you end up with a story that is weak (because the characters can't do anything, since there's no budget to show anything interesting, think Insurrection).
I would love to see someone make a movie that had a great story with action in the right places, and good drama/characterization when needed. Only movie I can think of that even got close to that was Batman Begins.