JJ Abrams did many fun and interesting things with his revamp of the Star Trek universe. And then he slathered them all with lens flares.
While JJ's penchant for lens flares has become a bit of a cinema legend, his obsession is very much in evidence. Sometimes, when you shoot a camera lens in the direction of a light source, some light bounces around in the glass, producing the flare. You'll see a lot of it in 80s anamorphic glass, which was significantly thicker than the lens glass we use today.
Flares are cool, they add a certain level of grit to certain kinds of films and that is, maybe, what Abrams was after. He wanted to take this strange sci-fi world and imbue it with a bit of weight and gravity. So he took footage that was pristine and flare free and added them in using VFX. The result is pretty much laughable once you start to really look at it.
Which is just what YouTuber Dylan Browne did...
721 + 826 = 1547.
There are over 1500 lens flares in just 259 minutes of movie-time. And that doesn't include Abrams' also pretty flare-tastic Super 8. Will Star Wars be Revenge of the Flares?