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Star Trek - Insurrection (1998)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 30

Although not terrible, the sluggishly paced Insurrection plays like an extended episode of the TV series.

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 4

Although not terrible, the sluggishly paced Insurrection plays like an extended episode of the TV series.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 61,972

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Star Trek: Insurrection manages to recall the original 1960s series' spirit of liberalism, while transcending it for sheer boldness, embracing issues that are on the political cutting edge in the 1990s and beyond. The fact that the first 30 minutes are presented as a mystery only makes the material more engrossing. While assisting a survey team of Federation allies observing the populace of a distant planet, Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner) seemingly goes berserk and attacks the survey team,

May 11, 1999

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The extravagant makeup and special effects are actually unobtrusive because they're demanded by the pleasantly formulaic story, whose conflicts--and broad, innocuous political allegory -- justify the heartwarming resolution.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Strikes a deft balance of predictable heroics and quirky humor.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Despite the usual strained stabs at topical social significance, Frakes maintains a brisk pace, staging the battle scenes with panache and undercutting the absurd techno gibberish with crass but leavening humour.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Fun for most folks, heaven for Trekkers.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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More of the the same-old -same-old.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The latest and ninth installment in that line, Star Trek: Insurrection, lacks the adrenalized oomph of its predecessor, but no adventure of the Starship Enterprise is without its gee-whiz affability.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The problem with Insurrection [isn't] that it's like a two-part episode. The problem is that it's like a one-part episode that was more than doubled in length without having nearly enough drama.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Like a long episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Feels like an overly long, slightly dull episode from the series.

July 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

...the lightest and most traditional of the movies, for good or bad.

September 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's like one of those not-quite-favorite episodes from the series that you might enjoy watching again if it happens to air during a marathon, but it comes nowhere near achieving the best that Star Trek can do..."

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

It's back to boring basics for the Gene Roddenberry franchise.

April 26, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

It's an interesting story, more accessible to non-Trekkers than previous entries.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Genial, well-crafted tribute to the moral values Gene Roddenberry instilled in his sci-fi series, that suffers from a recurring flaw in the franchise, a lack of real threat and danger.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Most of the television episodes have been smarter.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This is really just a pretty good episode of the series, which is not really a bad thing.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Not one of the most successful of the "Star Trek" films, it's always nice to see the cast reunite.

August 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Wordmag.com
Wordmag.com

This is a good deal more than just another sci-fi movie.

August 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The plot feels like something dug out of an old pile of Next Generation scripts, with a fuzzy focus on the wonderment of newfound youth.

June 7, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

Nothing more than a glorified episode.

June 14, 2004 Full Review
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There are some nice moments early on.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Stewart looks great as usual and is impeccable in his familiar role, but most of the other principals were seriously underused.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
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Audience Reviews for Star Trek - Insurrection

Step down from the exciting First Contact, Star Trek Insurrection seems to try too hard at outdoing its predecessor, and in turn loses track of what it tries to accomplish. The result is a film that leaves a lot to be desired, and what do you expect? This is the ninth film in the Star Trek film franchise, and with that being said, it's clear that the screenwriters were trying to figure out how to create something new and exciting. Unfortunately, there is nothing to really grab your attention. Insurrection isn't an awful film, but it's a disappointing affair, especially after the superb First Contact. Overall this is a decent film, that is somewhat entertaining, but like I said, it never grabs your full attention, and it's a shame because the filmmakers could really have kept the momentum going, but it also seems they were a bit too overconfident with this one, and they seemed to try and outdo previous entries, and in a way they failed to capture the essence of what makes fort a truly entertaining and ultimately memorable Star Trek film. Overall I felt that this film was decent at best, and it never realizes its potential, but in the larger view of things, this is also the ninth film in the series, so it was only a matter of time for the quality to be downgraded due to lacking ideas in terms of storyline. Fans will surely find a lot missing from the film, and in terms of a Science Fiction picture, this one just leaves you wanting more. Decent film that definitely could have been reworked a bit before getting the green light, Insurrection is one of the weaker entries in the Star Trek franchise
May 7, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The crew of the Enterprise rebel against the federation when they discover a conspiracy to forcibly relocate an idyllic community in order to exploit their planet's unique natural resource. Following the triumph that was First Contact, the franchise once more gets a little too comfortable with itself and offers a very generic sci-fi tale of good v.s evil set firmly within the confines of the TV series universe. The premise of the plot is very interesting as the previously establishment-orientated characters become revolutionaries and battle against the system they until then saw as sacrosanct, but the family friendly script lacks teeth and it soon degenerates into the usual CGI spaceship battles and running around with laser guns. Certainly not a bad film, it just lacks the inspiration of the best examples and those who aren't fans of the series will find little reason to care. In the end, Insurrection feels exactly like what it is; a solid feature length episode of the series.
March 6, 2014
garyX
xGary Xx

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The visuals are really what need to be taken from this film, for without them, it would be a lifeless feature. I think what annoyed me the most throughout this film, os that it was part romance, part sci-fi, which was odd, because there are not really any relationship stories that go this in-depth throughout the series. I must say that the space sequences are better than anything in the entire series, providing some amazing action, but the story is basic and the dialogue is a little stale. I predicted this film from the opening scene. "Star Trek - Insurrection" is one of the weaker films in the franchise!
April 2, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

The next generation crew steps up to the plate with a third film but does it knock one out of the park?. Well not to beat around the bush no it doesn't, its a full strike if you ask me.

I'm not gonna sugar coat it, gotta be cold here. For me this was easily the weakest Trek film so far, even worse than 'Star Trek V'. I know I have used the term 'outstretched TV episode' a few times in previous reviews with Star Trek but this one term really sums up this film to a tee.

Apart from the quite dreadful grey scale shade tone that accompanies every scene on board the 'Enterprise' which somehow now seems more intrusive than in the previous two films, the plot is utterly non-engaging or even remotely interesting. A planet which harbours immortal regeneration powers that 'Starfleet' and the alien race 'Son'a' wish to keep for themselves whilst at the same time evicting the local hippie population.
Say what now?? yes that's right, its basically all about evicting some perfect happy go lucky boring blonde haired blue eyed farm folk off their planet...and that's it. I'm not even sure if there were any bad guys in this! I suppose they were naughty, not really much of a threat though, it was just a few groups fighting amongst themselves really, nothing more.

The whole film is so so utterly pointless and dull for virtually the entire run time! It only kicks into action for a small segment near the finale and even that was very mediocre stuff. Everything looks exactly as it does on the TV show, there is nothing that would make you think this is a big budget movie. The effects are no better! you would think they might be getting better but no, this film actually goes a step backwards.

There is just something about the next gen design, even though these are movies they just can't seem to shake the look and feel of the TV series. The classic crew movies didn't always look tremendous but they were always much better looking than the original show, they always had real silver screen moments. I'm afraid to say this entry has none what so ever.

It seems as though everything is now fully cgi here, I'm not a fan of computer generated effects and I think this is a good example why. The only thing that looks good and realistic in this film are the space vista's, nebulae, planets etc...which is exactly what cgi is good at. Starships can be done well but here they are no better than their TV counterparts, satisfactory at best. There are still the age old issues of dodgy bluescreen going on but now they also have the added downside of completely fake cgi sequences on top.

So apart from the dreadful plot and god awful cgi are there any plus points? I guess F. Murray Abraham does add a sprinkle of class onto the proceedings, its just a shame he does completely nothing of interest for the whole film. The alien race he portrays (Son'a) are such a generic concept with little to no imagination in design, their faces are simply plain grey just like all the uniforms of the 'Enterprise' cre...zzzzz.

So the film ticks along with tonnes of dialog including so much space jargon I felt completely bewildered and detached. I'm sure this one film has more Trek technical mumbo jumbo speeches than any other, by the end of the film I had actually lost how or what they were all suppose to be doing.

Add to this some really vomit inducing romance with 'Picard', really hokey sets, really fake plastic looking props, hokey fights and the very annoying practically perfect farm civilisation in their typically 'I'm a goodie' beige loose fit garments. Yeah I know its a Star Trek film and you come to expect this kinda stuff but by this point I think certain aspects of this really should be better.
The classic Trek crew were loved for their quirky comedic like adventures and Shatner's fluffy fist fights. The next generation crew just can't pull that off, they are too serious and too dull basically haha. For me they can't get away with the charming nonsense that the classic crew got away with.

This film lacks punch and energy, its a complete non entity and in my opinion will only please Trekkies. For fans it basically has all you need as its pretty much a very long TV episode so you can't go wrong. For neutral non-fan folk it will be a slow slog through some heavy dialog that will probably leave you dizzy and not much of a reward at the end.
July 8, 2012
phubbs1

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    1. Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Worf... Do you know Gilbert and Sullivan?
    2. Lt. Cmdr. Worf: I have not had a chance to meet all the new Enterprise crew members since I have been back.
    3. Captain Jean-Luc Picard: They're composers, Worf...
    – Submitted by Blair S (2 years ago)
    1. Cmdr. William Riker: We are through running away from these bustards.
    – Submitted by Philip C (2 years ago)
    1. Cmdr. William Riker: Klingons never do anything small, do you?
    – Submitted by Philip C (2 years ago)
    1. Cmdr. William Riker: You think it's possible for two people to go back in time, undo a mistake they've made?
    2. Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi: On this ship? Anything's possible...
    – Submitted by Philip C (2 years ago)
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