Star Trek: Insurrection

1998

Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi / Thriller

99
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 55%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 45%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 62126

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Chronus 9 / 10

Star surprise

Let me say this: I loved this movie. I'm not one of those unconditional trekkies, but I liked this movie a lot.

And this one, by actor/director Jonathan Frakes, is a good piece of entertainment. It's intelligent, sometimes surprising, has good action (albeit the tactics and manoeuvres of Star Trek ships are quite ridiculous - whatever the movie) and the actors chosen for this one are good performers.

The Star Trek Universe is complex, rich, but not my favourite. There seem to be holes in its consistency - technology seems to be less advanced in fields where it should have been far ahead, politics seems too much like politics on any country on Earth, and society a replica of USA's, Europe's or Japan's society, military tactics seem no different of manouvering battleships like Submarines, Frigates, Air Carriers, etc. At least, there is some effort to put some science into Star Trek - even if we do not know what metaphase is or why the explosion of metronium gas is so destructive in space.

The script is too simple, I grant that. But the way Insurrection was shot, the special moments achieved, a couple of twists in the plot, a reasonable dose of uncertainty and humour, leads me to say we are in the presence of a Star Trek masterpiece.

It's a pity that the main motor of events isn't some larger than life quest or fight (or is it?). Those of us who grew up familiar with the grand scale of events of the Star Wars saga, the details and realism of Blade Runner and Twelve Monkeys, the ingenuity of Batman, Dark City, The Matrix, expect of movies like Insurrection something that tops or equals these other masterpieces, and when that doesn't happen, something seems to fail.

But Insurrection ends up being a good work by someone that had only directed some episodes of Star Trek - The next Generation.

Well, the special effects are good, the acting is good (Patrick Stewart, Donna Murphy, Zerbe, Murray Abraham, Frakes, Levar Burton, Brent Spinner - they know exactly what to do and give this movie the extra-consistency), the soundtrack is ok.

If mr. Jonathan Frakes read this, I would advise him to continue his good work but to seek more complex and elaborated scripts for Star Trek. If he chooses to direct other types of movies, he does have the talent.

I hope you all enjoy this.

Reviewed by Thunderin' Tim Reviews 4 / 10

Evil Starfleet doing evil Starfleet things

Continuing a well established pattern this uneven numbered movie is one of the worst Star Trek movies.

Synopsis

There's a planet with healing powers. Nifty, Starfleet says, taking heavy casualties from the Dominion War and occasional Borg visit. Unfortunately the BaKu, a 600 strong race lives there. So Starfleet observes them hoping to beam them to a holodeck planet with the help of the SoNa. But Data malfunctions, reveals the observatory and brings the Enterprise into the story. When Picard discovers the plan he defies Starfleet orders with his crew, battle the bad guys and wins the day.

Good Stuff

-...........Well darn it, it's good to see the TNG crew back at it

-The movie has some nice ideas (onfortunately they've been done before, even by TNG. In fact, in Journey's End, Picard wants to beam people against their will into a holodeck.....the hypocrite!)

-Stewart, Spiner and Abraham are fine actors and we get flashes of their talent

Bad Stuff

-Oh where to begin. Well the biggest problem is the story: it simply isn't enough to sustain a 40 minute episode, let alone a full length movie. This makes the pacing too slow and some scenes unbearably obsolete.

-Gates McFadden is in this movie

-The planet's magic is never explained. At 2 different points, the woman BaKu slows down time and we get no explanation.

-Please give Geordie something to do. In the series he gives technobabble, strikes out with girls, and gets kidnapped. He is even more neglected by the movies.

-For a technology hating species the BaKu seemingly have used technology to build a freaking dam and even a hydraulic system to empty a lake. In the flick, they do not complain when the TNG crew uses technology to protect them and save their lives.

-There is little in the way of character development, which, in the case of the SoNa would have been nice

-Ah Humor. Star Trek and humor have a difficult relationship. TOS had a horrible campy taste and TNG intentionally tried to avoid this. TNG failed mostly at humor too, but whenever Data's cat and/or Reginald Barclay were present there were laughs to be had. But Insurrection reverses this. If you think a half naked Uhuru doing a moon dance was ridiculous, watch Picard dance and flirt with a mirror, see Data play in the hay, hear Troi and Crusher discuss their bosom, watch Worf getting pimples. It takes a special sort of person to laugh at this sort of humor and it's usually the sort who takes a special bus to go to school.

  • After 7 seasons and 2 movies Data's learning to be human is getting a little old.


Conclusion

I love TNG and it's great to see the main characters together again. The story is very thin and nothing particularly interesting happens. There a some good ideas, nice effects, decent acting, but it's not enough to fill a whole movie. The pacing is too slow, the other characters not interesting and everything that needs an explanation doesn't get it. It's not as bad as people say but it's not good either. 4/10

Reviewed by rooprect 8 / 10

This is the Trek your parents grew up with

What made the original Star Trek 60s show so outstanding wasn't action or special effects or twisty plots. What made it great, and the original impetus behind the genre of science fiction as penned by the masters H.G. Welles, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley et al, was the idea that science fiction can tell a cautionary tale about contemporary social and political issues.

H.G. Welles' "The Time Machine" wasn't just about a dude zipping across time and getting into trouble; it was a stark prediction of how the human race might evolve into a divided species of predators and prey. Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" wasn't just about a terminally constipated monster lumbering around in electrician's boots; it was a dire warning against humans creating and/or genetically manipulating life without being responsible enough to handle the consequences. And here in the 9th installment of the Star Trek films "Insurrection", the story isn't just about Picard & friends trying to save a planet from yet another imperial takeover; it is a poignant and self deprecating look at how humans have this thing about trampling cultures that get in the way of progress.

As my title goes, this is a throwback to some of the great social commentaries that the original Trek threw at us. It's right in league with episodes like "Patterns of Force" (about a very misguided starfleet effort to create order in a chaotic society by following the template of Nazi Germany, the "most efficient government in earth's history"), or does anyone remember the brutally symbolic Vietnam episode "A Private Little War" about a tiny planet that gets caught up as the prize between the Feds & the Klingons (USA & Russia), each superpower providing guns and weapons to their own side and escalating the conflict? "Insurrection", given the decade it was released, might've been directly inspired by the Tibet/China situation. But it's ambiguous enough that it also describes the plight of Native Americans, or even as far back as the Jews being expelled from their native homelands. The sad thing is it's still topical today; just open the newspaper and pick a region. That's the resounding point that this film makes: that even in the 23rd frickin century we are still doing it.

OK, if I haven't yet scared you off in search of some mindless spaceship shootout flick instead, then read on because it gets better. This is definitely one of the darker Treks because, like in the two TOS examples I gave you above, we get deep into the insalubrious political side of Starfleet. In other words, we realize that Starfleet aren't the lily white "good guys" we'd like them to be. In this story, Starfleet basically sucks eggs. And that's what makes it especially tense because, almost like a political thriller, Picard and the crew of the Enterprise get caught up in a moral dilemma without any backup from the cavalry. That's all I'll say about that, you gotta watch the movie to see how it turns out.

About the acting and the overall personality of the film, I thought it was great because the TNG crew really seem to have a great chemistry going, with some nice human moments and good dialogue. The price of admission is justified by one scene alone, when Data asks Worf if he's noticed that his "boobs are getting firmer" (Again, watch the movie, it'll make sense I swear).

And F. Murray Abraham playing the main villain, wow. Channeling his inner Salieri ("Amadeus"), that is, a completely amoral character with an explosive desire for revenge, he was definitely a great casting choice.

Just on a personal note, I grew up on the original Kirk-Spock-McCoy crew, and I fought the idea of accepting the Picard crew tooth & nail. They slowly wormed their way in over the years, but this is the film where I can officially say I'm a fan. If, for some reason, you're an old TOS curmudgeon who refuses to let Shatner give up the center seat, well this might be the movie that changes your mind. Too bad there's only 1 TNG movie left after this. Oh well, maybe in 20 years JJ Abrams will remake them all and we can do it all over again...

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