Star Trek - Insurrection
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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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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.Read more ›
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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A fine adventure story with some underlying morals and good acting.Published 2 hours ago by Brian L. Pawley
This is another Star Trek movie. I don't really like Patrick Stewart. This was another cheap looking special affects movie. The story wasn't all that good either. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by WhatMeThinks
Good movie, just felt like it was time to make another trek movie so they spit out one.Published 5 hours ago by Asa Shaw
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