Star Trek: Insurrection
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  • "Lost Horizon," Trek Style!
    This is a solid Star Trek movie, but slightly more disappointing than Generations or First Contact.

    "Lost Horizon" is plagerized, but that's okay... it's a wonderful theme.

    The "Ba'ku' are very dull, however. They putz about, growing crops, making quilts, baking and playing with the children... but they don't seem to have any purpose! They ENJOY life, but is "enjoyment" all that life is about?

    As contrasted with the Amish, at least the Amish have a defined spirituality and an expectancy of Heaven. Right or wrong, they have a future purpose. To the Ba'ku, their current life IS HEAVEN... and they are seemingly immortal. I wouldn't want to live forever, if all life entailed was farming, quilting or picking flowers.

    The Ba'ku homeworld is a "beautiful place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there."

    The Son'a... the villians, are a good concept. An aging group who desire immortality. Their vanity isn't their ultimate goal... it's their satirical obsession as they stretch their skin to unrecognizable lengths. Michael Jackson and Mary Tyler Moore should see this film.

    F. Murray Abraham is a brilliant actor, even in ludicrous make- up.

    The effects are good... especially the depiction of the "Briar Patch." Alas, ILM seems to have a better touch with the starship effects.

    the "Shuttle chase" is a great sequence... which made me expect more excitement... that unfortunately didn't come.

    The humor is great... albeit, overdone at times. Worf's pimple still makes me crack up.

    The scenery is exceptional... great location shooting! Star Trek finally escapes the desert!

    Complaints would be that the battles are fleeting and unfulfilling.

    The starship battles leave you "wanting more."

    Crew members firing at dart shooting drones flying through the air has all the drama of shooting cardboard ducks at a carnival.

    And most definately... TOO MUCH TECHNO- BABBLE!! This film has the most techno gibberish than any other Trek film.

    Despite these flaws, this is a worthwhile film with more intelligence and humor than most.

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  • A good movie
    After the dark and violent First Contact, Insurrection seems much brighter and more optomistic. The story also is centered around one main moral, which brings it back to what Star Trek really is (although there is still some action in it).
    The movie brings in a Picard romance for the first time since TNG, and each of the characters has their own moments as well. Of course, no TNG film would be complete without Mr. Worf, so he comes to visit from Deep Space Nine.
    I would say this film is good for Star Trek fans, as the air of the original series hangs around it....more info
  • Star Trek - Insurrection
    I loved this move ... It's one of the best Star Trek movies!...more info
  • Where is Frakes' commentary???
    This is a 5-star film, ably directed by Jonathan Frakes. I even liked this one better than "First Contact", also masterfully directed by Frakes. Frakes is proving himself to be multi-talented as an actor and director. ("Clockstoppers" was a really rad film for kids, and young-at-heart grown-ups like me)

    I withhold a star because the Special Collector's Edition has no Frakes commentary, which would have been appreciated by diehard Trekkers like myself. What were they thinking?

    The story is well-developed and, as always in Trek, perfectly acted. There is a great Gilbert-and-Sullivan bit with Data, and this is the film where Frakes shaves off his beard!!!

    Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham is a delightfully menacing villain, which is, after all, his speciality.

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  • matter of opinion
    i really like this one it has all the good actors in it.It is alittle different than the other shows but is good i feel.I am not into the tv series of Star Trek but i do like all the other movies they did and i like this one also....more info
  • Would've made a better tv episode
    The special effects are acceptable. The acting top notch. The story line is good though the plot somewhat weak. This would have made a much better tv episode or made for tv movie than a theatrical release. I feel this movie doesn't know what it wants to be--a love story, an action/adventure, a drama, a comedy. It tries its hand on all the elements yet comes up short. It's a good effort that just doesn't pay off at the end. It's one of the weaker movies in the series, but still enjoyable enough to watch on a Saturday night with the family....more info
  • A Diferent Movie
    This movie of Star Trek series is somewhat diferent of the Next Generation Movies, this one is about ethical and moral conflicts, not that much action and adventure, the effects are not that impressive as the others (TNG) movies, but the essence is the same, and the subject of a federation officer being corrupted is interesting, i still recommend it, very pleased with amazon...more info
  • Better than "Nemesis"
    I think that this movie had better writing, acting, and directing than "Nemesis". You can tell that Star Trek was starting to falter when this movie came out. ...more info
  • Star Trek - Insurrection (Special Collector's Edition)
    As a Star Trek fan I really like this film with the added bonus and features. I think this is a great buy in my opinion. Wish they had these films in full screen. That would of toped it for me. Thanks...more info
  • Star Trek: The Episode
    There are several great character moments in this movie, and the pacing does move the story along well enough. However there is a bit too much political posturing for my taste, which, as I see it, is one of the big things contributing to making this movie play out like a big-budget, big-screen episode of the TV show.

    Of course, there is also the lack of feel of galactic scope or personal investment in the story. The scope of Star Trek II was narrow: Khan's revenge. But the audience had personal investment in the characters from the episode "Space Seed". Star Trek IV had the impending destruction of Earth. VI had galactic peace looming in the horizon. First Contact had the assimilation of Earth by the Borg and Picard's personal quest to "make them pay". Here, we have a people on an alien planet facing the possibility of forced relocation. Nobody we've met before besides the crew. Nothing that has immediate repercussion for Earth.

    To be fair, it was specifically designed to balance out the very dark tone of the previous movie with much more light fare. On that level, it does work. The nature of the Star Trek movies is that they are all different adventures that are placed in the same universe. The tone can change, since it does that on the TV series from episode to episode. But the story still needs to resonate with the audience.

    Again, the crew has some nice character moments, and the special effects are actually quite well done, but those are not what Star Trek movies are built around. They're necessary elements, but the audience wants a ride they care about.

    In the end, it is competently made and it is worth watching. Just know that it was, by design, a much lighter fare than First Contact....more info
  • Beautiful
    A film I can watch over and over.

    Set in a classic Star Trek realm with a music score worthy of the gods....more info
  • Insurrection Interlude
    The Good Things
    *Good action and special effects. Love the nebula battle scene.
    *Good filming style. Generally more colorful and upbeat.
    *Pretty good storyline.
    *Good characters.
    *Good writing. Contains some comedy and a nice love story. Also some interesting content concerning immortality and having two species of the same genetic root fighting each other.
    *One or two interesting themes about youth.
    *Pretty good music.

    The Bad Things
    *Nothing particuarly special; the movie feels more like a two-hour long episode.

    The Questionable Things
    *This film is called "Insurrection," but it's not that big of an insurrection. I expected the Enterprise to oppose the entire Federation or something, but it's more like a small isolated incident.
    The Questionable Things

    This film is nothing too big, dramatic, or exceptional, and plays out more like another typical episode. Still, it is pretty fun, as it contains some good action, special effects, and comedy. It is also stylistically interesting, with some very slick ship designs and colorful settings. It's good fun for Star Trek fans, but most other people may be dissapointed.

    The one-disc version has good video and sound quality. The two-disc version also has good quality, and includes a number of featurettes and trailers....more info
  • This film is boring, boring please don't watch
    This film is really terrible, almost a self-parody, the humor is crass and silly. I was so bored during the action sequences, I had to force myself to watch them shoot at tinny flying robots. In the movie theater I couldn't belief this was Star Trek, it's just plain bad. Please skip it....more info
  • The Battle For Utopia
    Something is wrong with Data (Brent Spiner). On what seems to be a standard observation and research mission, Data's programming goes haywire. He turns on the Starfleet personnel he is working with and exposes the entire operation to those being observed: the peaceful, seemingly simplistic Ba'ku. When Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and company gets wind of these events, they set out to find their friend and hopefully save him. A Starfleet Admiral who's part of the compromised mission (Anthony Zerbe) orders the Enterprise and her crew to get Data and then get out while he "ties up a few loose ends." As usual with Star Trek, things aren't always what they seem and the Enterprise uncovers a Starfleet scheme that goes directly against the Prime Directive and an alien race that's out for revenge. Will Picard go against his own loyalties with Starfleet in order to do what's right or will he be a good captain and accept his orders? It's time to watch "Star Trek: Insurrection" and find out.

    Many fans of Star Trek find this particular film to be a bland and contradicting addition to the Trek catalogue. They state that Starfleet Command would never pull a stunt such as the one in this film. They gripe that the humor that litters this story is too distracting or out of character for the TNG cast. Some of them have even gone so far as to say that this story is too sugary sweet. In my opinion, it's all of these supposed contradictions that make "Insurrection" such a solid film.

    Granted, it does play out somewhat like an extended episode of the TNG series, but it's still highly entertaining. For one, the humor is a welcome addition to this tale. So often I've felt that TNG was much too serious and needed to lighten up. Enter Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Troi (Marina Sirtis) and Worf (Michael Dorn) to add much needed doses of comedy throughout this tale. From the "frisky" feelings between Riker and Troi to Worf's puberty re-awakening, there's plenty to laugh at. Having Starfleet go against the Prime Directive due to misdirection is nothing new. Through technicalities and greed, their actions against the Ba'ku are justified. As far as all of the sugary sweet moments go, it's actually rather touching to experience a sunrise through Geordi's (LeVar Burton) eyes and the interaction between Data and a young Ba'ku child.

    This film also features some excellent space battles. Perhaps some of the best in all of the TNG films. The effects (except for a couple of obvious CGI "face stretching" moments) are top notch, and the make-up is flawless. The musical score skillfully swings from threatening to lighthearted without skipping a beat.

    The cast is top-notch. The key members of the Enterprise crew really get to shine here. From Stewart to Gates McFadden, the entire group does an excellent job. F. Murray Abraham (in heavy make-up) provides a wonderful but somewhat hammy villain as the leader of the So'na. Zerbe comes off a little bit stiff in his role, but does manage to convey the internal struggle he is suffering from quite well. Of special note is Donna Murphy as Annij. Not only is she strikingly beautiful, but her performance is one of the most heartfelt in the entire film.

    Jonathan Frakes is at the helm of "Insurrection" as the director. It amazes how well he does behind a camera. I'm impressed each time I watch his work.

    The DVD extras are great. There are plenty of Easter eggs to be had for those with the patience to find them. There's a fun look at the female aliens who've put sparkles in the eyes of numerous men aged twelve to ninety since the original series aired. There's a few excellent deleted scenes, an archive, making-of documentaries, and a wonderful look at the creation of the aliens for both the films and the various television series.

    Overall, I highly recommend "Star Trek: Insurrection." While it may be nothing more than a long episode of TNG, it's still a fantastic story. With space battles, romance and plenty of humor, I give it four strong stars....more info
  • Another Trek !!!
    Patrick Stewart (Like Bill Shatner) takes the crew to another crisis with the Federation gone amok. It takes a while, but Ol' Patrick ferrets out the baddies and rights the ship. We are entertained in the meantime in the Trek Universe, with various tangents to the storyline. This one is better than the sum of its parts. Visually impressive ... great storyline and not an overabundance of un-necessary padding....more info
  • 3.5 stars; not as bad as some would think but yes it's got issues
    Is it time for me to restate the oft-repeated explanation about odd vs even Star Trek films? Long story short: even good, odd bad. While I did like Generations(#7) and Search for Spock(#3), Insurrection(#9) does have some quite big concerns and plot holes and even a bit bad attempted humor but after being very dark with First Contact, it's nice to see them lighten up for once.

    On a planet, there's a secret investigation that's sanctioned by Starfleet: the spying on and eventual removal of a race called the Bak'u or is it B'aku? Anyways, there's something special about the planet: some kind of radiation in the planet regenerates celluar structure continously. In layman's terms, fountain of youth. So of course it's no surprise Starfleet wants in which goes against the Prime Directive, meaning they can't interfere in the development of societies.

    The race that's bringing out this is the Son'a, a race who try to extend life by going stretchy faced. With help from a rogue Starfleet Admiral, they try to keep the Enterprise off the planet and gone but wants our favorite crew realizes it, they go against orders and try to save the B'aku.

    The film in a way has a tone that resembles The Voyage Home(#4, another fan favorite althought not saying 9 is). Voyage Home was largely character and humor based so it was very atypical but that's what made it special. To watch your favorite characters have fun was what made it appealing. Sort of the same with Insurrection although some of the humor is flat. The HMS Pinafore use, a "firmer boobs" joke and Worf's bit of puberty just comes across as lowbrow humor rather than just being very funny.

    It is however a Star Trek movie so we can expect some cool action scenes and cool set pieces. To me, one of which stands out which is why the Enterprise takes on a Son'a ship in the middle of a nebula(Wrath of Khan anyone?) One thing that did strike me though was the set design. Meant to be shown as a kind of idyllic vacation-like village, it surely looks like somewhere you'd love to spend your summer. Very nicely done and beautifully photographed.

    Performances are typical across the board, each character plays just like their character would so don't expect Oscar caliber(really, Star Trek for acting awards? That'll be the day.) Although disappointingly is F. Murray Abraham as main village Ru'afo. Villains like Khan stood out cause although they essentially badmouthed our heroes, you felt something when they were disposed of(namely "take that punk!"). Here when our villain gets his comeuppance it's just simply "well there he goes."

    It's not as bad a Star Trek as one would claim(that honor is fought between Nemesis and Final Frontier) but it is an entertaining B-movie with A level cast and production....more info
  • This TNG caper deserves a second look.
    The ninth caper in the Trek movie franchise initially received mixed reactions from fans, but it's definitely worth looking at a second time.
    Some viewers scoffed at the notion that the Federation could have "mis-used" the Prime Directive, but in the Trek universe, anything's possible. Lapses in judgment and logic were part of Gene Roddenberry's "morality play" from the beginning. And besides, isn't this what makes good drama?
    Capt. Picard is caught in a moral dilemma: Obey Federation orders and help "forcibly" relocate a peaceful alien race from their "fountain-of-youth" regenerating planet so that it can be "strip-mined" to help millions of others; or, oppose the Federation and defend this weaponless, technology-denounced, simple folk?
    F. Murray Abraham plays the principal villian, Ru'Ofo, with over-the-top theatrical flair (not easy to do under a grotesque mask of prosthetics). His character becomes the chief motivator in trying to remove the Ba'Ku off the planet.
    There are wonderful moments in subplot: Due to temporary exposure to the planet's regenerative effect, Riker and Troi rekindle their romance (as a result, Riker shaves off his beard!); Worf re-experiences Klingon puberty (complete with accelerated hair growth and acne); and the most heartfelt moment comes when LaForge's eyesight is temporarily restored, allowing him to see a sunrise for the first time, tears welling in his eyes. It's definitely LeVar Burton's finest moment.
    There's also a sweet romance between Picard and a lovely Ba'Ku woman (Donna Murphy), as well as a poignant & charming friendship between the child-like Data and a 12-year old boy, who initially rejects him because he's a machine, but then grows to like Data.
    But the moral issue embodies itself in the person of Admiral Dougherty (veteran actor Anthony Zerbe), who becomes entangled by his loyalty to the Federation and his faust-like partnership with Ru'Ofo.
    There are some great action scenes here: Picard's retrieval of a malfunctioning Data in an exciting scout ship chase; the previously-mentioned malfunction, as a berserk Data jeopardizes a surveillance mission; and Ru'Ofo's scout ships swooping down and shooting "transporter tags" on the Ba'Ku.
    But no Trek film would be complete without light comedy touches:

    Picard: Mr. Worf, are you familiar with Gilbert & Sullivan?
    Worf: No sir, I have not had a chance to review the crew roster.
    Riker (spotting a giant zit on Worf's face): You Klingons don't do anything small, do you?
    Worf (speaking to Picard from the alien vessel): They would like to discuss terms of may also have something to do with having only 3 minutes of air left!

    This a worthy addition to the Trek franchise, with Picard and crew sort of riding in like "the Magnificent Seven" and saving the day as they stand up for what they believe in.
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  • I Don't know what everyone else is talking about, but this movie is great
    I've been a Star Trek fan for a long time, and for the most part I agree with most people on the Trek movies. For instance, I think Nemesis, is horrible. But then I hear people saying this is a horrible movie. I have to disagree, this movie is great.

    One of the things that I love about Star Trek, is how the episodes are all about contempory and controversial issues, that is what this movie is all about, issues. Society at large in this movie have decided that they can take advantage of a civilization because it benefits them more than it benefits this group of people. This movie is much more complex than many of the older movies (and definitely more complex than the one movie that's newer).

    What makes any movie great? Issues that are covered in the movie that challenge society, I feel that this is something that's in any movie that is successful over the years, and this movie does that....more info
  • Worst Star Trek Movie
    This is by far the worst Star Trek movie ever made. TNG made plenty of bad movies and this one is no exception. First off, this does not even feel like a movie. Instead, it feels like a two-part TNG episode. So instead of watching this disgrace, watch any two-part TNG episode because it will be better. Many minor characters were given lame lines just to give them screen time....more info
  • Just plain fun.
    Great movie. A fun time with friends from the TV series. One of my wife's favorite movies, so it was a gift for her. She loves it. ...more info