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Star Trek - Insurrection

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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


Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette

Product Details

  • 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: Multiple Formats, 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (802 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek - Insurrection" on IMDb

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By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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Format: Blu-ray
Constantly being listed as one of the worst Star Trek films ever made, this movie could hardly be better. It embodies a perfect Star Trek story: a morality tale with an engaging dilemma, a cast of great chracters with a carefully cultivated, almost perfect chemistry, fantastic pacing and timing, great humor and photography, a beautiful score and a great message. It is the perfect follow-up to the SciFi horror actioner First Contact and clearly superior to both the overly constructed Generations and the somewhat underwhelming, sterile Nemesis. I believe this picture to be both a classic and the late Michael Piller's masterpiece, something which all the people involved with the teenage BS J.J. Abrams is serving nowadays should take a hard look at!
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By A Customer on October 7, 2002
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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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I downloaded this on Prime, so as far as "extras" go--I can't say. But for streaming video, this is an enjoyable film and it happens to be one of my favorite films from the Star Trek franchise.

The cast is excellent--F. Murray Abraham is the villain, a horribly diseased bad guy who is plotting to take a planet from the backwards and pacifist "B'aku." Of course, a Star Fleet admiral is his accomplice (why do Star Fleet admirals, who are promoted captains, seem to be the worst of the lot in Star Trek? They fall in with bad guys or get duped with depressing regularity. They have no compassion for planetary residents, and push them off planets or shove them into Cardassian territory with complete disregard. Know what I mean? If someone is screwing up at Star Fleet, look for an admiral.)

The B'aku are portrayed as living in a pastoral idyll, herding animals, kneading whole grain bread and wearing natural fibers like you'd buy from those hippy catalogs. The head B'aku is Anij, played by the marvelous Donna Murphy. She radiates Zen calm and wisdom and is about a million years old, but she looks forty. She's gorgeous and frankly, she makes the film, stealing the screen whenever she's on.

The film isn't really much more than an extended Star Trek Next Generation episode, but it's fun to watch, and it has a suitable twist at the end. Jonathan Frakes (Riker) does a journeyman job as director--he ought to know how--this is standard Star Trek, but it's well-done and we get Stewart and Spiner singing some "HMS Pinafore" as a bonus.
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If you want blood, sex and lots of violence then you gave this movie one star. If on the other hand you enjoy creativity, what Star Trek started out to be than this is for you. I am sick of these "one star people" who cannot be remotely satisfied with anything unless it meets with their shortcomings. The Naysayers...they seem to love negating. Look for the 10% of "one stars" here, they confirm that l always like what they cut down...get'me guys!
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