Not sure why this movie is talked about as a mediocre effort. I liked it. A lot. For context, I have been a fan since the mid-80s. I have always liked ST, but recognize that some efforts are less the exemplary. My favorite series is TNG; my favorite movie TWOK. I liked ST09. I thought this movie was well-written with great respect for prior incarnations and the established universe. It had great visuals, great acting, and with some relevance. I liked seeing Khan in action during his prime, especially after being 'awake' for a while, which we really didn't get to see on Space Seed. I also liked watching Kirk stumble, fall, and learn… Anyway, I hope I am not the only one.