I just realized this was written by Alan Dean Foster. No wonder I don't really care for this movie.
As an author he leaves much to be desired.
But as sleeping medication, I highly recommend him.
Foster has written for Star Trek.
And for Star Wars:
The Approaching Storm (AOTC prequel)
Splinter of the Mind's Eye (ESB prequel)
Transformers "Ghosts" (prequel)
Now I'm not exactly sure how much of the characterization of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy he authored into the picture (he didn't write the screenplay) but while the characters are a bit stiff (though Kirk and Spock evolve as "V-GER" does), it does feel like Star Trek for what it's worth. But maybe that's because a lot of Star Trek is boring in comparison to Star Wars or typical action genres.
However, other Trek movies came along (including the next installment Wrath of Khan) that proved Trek could be both exciting and action-packed.
But Foster should retire and give up scribing novels and concentrate on writing technical journals about how to use weed killers or something.