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Star Trek - Insurrection (1998)

Patrick Stewart , Jonathan Frakes , Jonathan Frakes  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn
  • Directors: Jonathan Frakes
  • Writers: Michael Piller, Gene Roddenberry, Rick Berman
  • Producers: Patrick Stewart, Marty Hornstein, Michael Piller, Peter Lauritson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 1999
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,149 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek - Insurrection" on IMDb

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Star Trek fans were decidedly mixed in their reactions to this, the ninth big-screen feature in Paramount's lucrative Trek franchise, but die-hard loyalists will appreciate the way this Next Generation adventure rekindles the spirit of the original Trek TV series while combining a tolerable dose of New-Agey philosophy with a lighthearted plot for the TNG cast. This time out, Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his executive crew must transport to a Shangri-la-like planet to see why their android crewmate Data (Brent Spiner) has run amuck in a village full of peaceful Ba'ku artisans who--thanks to their planet's "metaphasic radiation"--haven't aged in 309 years.

It turns out there's a conspiracy afoot, masterminded by the devious, gruesomely aged Ru'afo (F. Murray Abraham, hamming it up under makeup resembling a cosmetic surgeon's worst nightmare), who's in cahoots with a renegade Starfleet admiral (Anthony Zerbe, in one of his final screen roles). They covet the fountain-of-youth power of the Ba'ku planet, but because their takeover plan violates Starfleet's Prime Directive of noninterference, it's up to Picard and crew to stop the scheme. Along the way, they all benefit from the metaphasic effect, which manifests itself as Worf's puberty (visible as a conspicuous case of Klingon acne), Picard's youthful romance with a Ba'ku woman (the lovely Donna Murphy), the touching though temporary return of Geordi's natural eyesight, and a moment when Troi asks Dr. Crusher if she's noticed that her "boobs are firming up."

Some fans scoffed at these humorous asides, but they're what make this Trek film as entertaining as it is slightly disappointing. Without the laughs (including Data's rousing excerpt from Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore), this is a pretty routine entry in the franchise, with no real surprises, a number of plot holes, and the overall appearance of a big-budget TV episode. As costar and director, Jonathan Frakes proves a capable carrier of the Star Trek flame--and it's nice to see women in their 40s portrayed as smart and sexy--but while this is surely an adequate Trek adventure, it doesn't quite rank with the best in the series. --Jeff Shannon


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106 of 116 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Updated to reflect new 6/7/05 Special Edition September 15, 2003
Format:DVD
Please note: This review is for the Special Edition of "Star Trek: Insurrection" released 6/7/05 and was updated.

Most of these reviews of Insurrection damn the film with faint praise. It wasn't this, it wasn't that. The Federation wouldn't do this. There's petty squabbles about legal points, etc. Writer Michael Piller clearly uses Star Trek Insurrection, much as Roddenberry did, as a soapbox to decry the injustices visited upon others. Usually he'd use Star Trek as a analogy of what had occurred in the past or present.

The next to last installment in the "Trek" film franchise, "Star Trek: Insurrection" received a bad rap from the very beginning. Despite the fact that it was scripted by one of the series best writers (Michael Piller a producer and writer on "The Dead Zone") and directed by series vet/actor Jonathan Frakes the film was seen as disappointing as a follow up to the action driven "Star Trek: First Contact". While the film certainly lacks the intensity of "First Contact", the humor and thoughtfulness that drove some of the best episodes of the TV series remain remarkably intact. "Insurrection" certainly is much, much closer to an expanded bigger budget TV episode but it is by no means a bad "Trek" film.

Data (Brent Spiner) while on a covert mission to gather information on an alien race called the Ba'ku malfunctions and exposes the mission to the natives. It seems that the radiation belt that surrounds the planet is a fountain of youth reversing aging for those that live there. The Federation in collaboration with a race called the Son'a plan on relocating the Ba'ku so that the Federation can "harvest" the radiation belt and use it to cure people of illnesses. The leader of the Son'a Ru'afo (F.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best!!!!!!!! October 7, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I have read the reviews and they certainly are mixed. In my and my family's opinion (we are all trekkies) this movie is simply the best to date (pre-Nemesis). It has character instead of the usual pomp and circumstance (which I like as well). But, something was different here, there is a real cause, it provokes a real longing to see the right thing done. The acting was simply phenomenal. This is not your run of the mill sci-fi - simply much more. If you are just interested in visual effects - get a life and watch something boring. This one is way above the baseline. The movie doesn't rely simply on the techno skill of the special effects crew - it relies on the actors as well and the cause - a wonderful movie with a real heart. The people on this planet represent what we all might like to have - a real life of satisfaction away from the pressures and demands that drive us into the grave 20 years before our time - something worth fighting for.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound over Substance. January 11, 2000
Format:DVD
OK, lets face it. We want to love Star Trek movies because we feel so apart of the series. And for the most part, the movies just don't hit their mark. As a movie, this one probably ranks fourth in the series behind, Kahn, IV, and First Contact. But it's certainly not a bad film, which can't be said for about half of the Star Trek movies. However, if you have a sub woofer, surround sound speakers and are buying this for your 5.1 DVD... Pull out your wallet and get it. Star Trek is perfect for DVD. The Laser Fights, the Space Battles, the hiding in caves during an alien bombing give ample opportunity to be pounded into your chairs. In DVD no one can hear you scream, simply because the movie is so darn loud. I LOVE IT. So if you're a Star Trek fan or just someone who enjoys your home theater. Pull out your wallet and have a great time. However, if you don't have 5.1 DVD with all the trimmings, buy the wrath of Kahn, or simply go buy a better movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good ST:TNG Episode November 28, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This is a good Star Trek _episode_, meaning it would fit in very well as an episode of the tv series. It's not as flashy or dramatic as most of the movies, however. The story leans more toward the characters and their inter-relationships than toward big space battles. It's a movie for the long-term TNG fan, not the casual SF action movie fan. The story isn't terribly memorable, but does have some very nice character-developing moments for the Enterprise regulars. Worth watching and no where near living up to the "odd-numbered movie" curse!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Meets Walt Disney August 11, 2004
Format:DVD
If you like the one about the whales, you'll probably enjoy "Star Trek: Insurrection," too. Unlike its successor, the bloated and ill-conceived "Star Trek: Nemesis," this third foray into theaters for the "TNG" crew is a competent, if not particularly riveting, adventure that often feels more like an old-fashioned Disney film than anything else. That's actually the best thing going for it, as Captain Picard and crew discover an intergalactic Shangri-La that is the focal point for a generational civil war. Comfortable as director, co-star Jonathan Frakes does what he can with a script that is frequently sweet (and sometimes needlessly violent) but like many of the modern Trek episodes, short on plot and long on technobabble. He had more success with the last film, which managed to evoke the spirit of Captain Kirk's era, but Frakes here still finds new ways to show us things we've seen a million times before, no mean feat. He's aided by the late, great Jerry Goldsmith's evocative score, which is present almost as much as the film's key players, some beautiful special effects, and good turns by guest stars Anthony Zerbe and F. Murray Abraham. Over the years, I suspect, this one will become more endearing to fans, who may better appreciate the film's gentler themes and personality with age, even if moments of pure corn--like breast jokes and Data's singing--still elicit well-deserved groans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Date Movie a real trekker's dream movie
A wonderful love letter to the audience of die hard Star Trek and TNG fans. Jonathan's direction allows for all the characters to show their full humanity and the humor will keep... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Sally Knauf
5.0 out of 5 stars Major Star Trek Fan
Star trek fan one of the best but. story line reminds me of how we have done thing in the past
Published 21 days ago by Patrick D. Gollihugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Next Generation fabulous
The package arrived as scheduled. It was in great condition. I instantly watched it and there were no flaws. I had seen this movie at least 5 or 6 times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Both entertaining and offered a different aspect of the Star Trek...
Contains both action and good character story line. Ties in with the current events in the whole Star Trek universe storyline at the time the movie was released. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Movie
This was an action packed movie and I'm happy to own it. It helps fill my Star Trek movie collection. If you're a Star Trek nut like I am, you'll be happy in owning this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was a gift for a family member who has the complete movies series. The original copy he had was accidentally destroyed but he enjoyed it enough to want another copy of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by zebra9009
5.0 out of 5 stars Sy-Fy fans.
Sy-Fy fans should enjoy this very good Star Trek movie. I have watched it several times with friends and alone.
Published 2 months ago by Jim Bartlett
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Trek
Love theTrek....just do. Need to see it if you do too..... So I suggest you rent it and.... make it so
Published 2 months ago by M. Kough
5.0 out of 5 stars The planet I would love to live on
View it like, you were one of the inhabitants, instead of star fleet.
The names all have hidden meaning. Whats wrong with a place
worth settling down into.
Published 2 months ago by Benjamin Snelling
3.0 out of 5 stars Love data
The show is better than the movies. Not into Picard as action hero. Wish the movies are more introspective. Data is awesome.
Published 2 months ago by E. Li
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