Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Critic Consensus: While fans of the series will surely appreciate it, First Contact is exciting, engaging, and visually appealing enough to entertain Star Trek novices.
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Critic Reviews for Star Trek: First Contact
In zooming out from Picard's glinty eyeball, this eighth feature film from the Trek factory displays a zippy new energy and a sleek, confident style fully independent of its predecessors.
First Contact is no grab bag of camp gewgaws; it stands proud and apart, accessible even to the Trek-deficient. This old Star, it seems, has a lot of life in it.
The elegance of the story is enhanced by the sure direction of Jonathan Frakes, who also plays Commander William Riker.
A smashingly exciting sci-fi adventure that ranks among the very best in the long-running Paramount franchise.
The series now lacks all of its original stars and much of its earlier determination. It has morphed into something less innocent and more derivative than it used to be, something the noncultist is ever less likely to enjoy.
Audience Reviews for Star Trek: First Contact
The eighth Star Trek film (and second of The Next Generation) boasts incredible special effects and makeup, as well as an urgent plot and a most sinister, terrifying villain - and the subplot involving Data captured by the Borg is certainly the best thing in it.
Second film (or sequel?) for the next generation crew and this time there is no hint of the classic crew what so ever, its all new now baby. So this next Trek rumble is a lot more straight forward plot wise and probably has the most action seen for awhile. Quite simply the Borg are on the rampage and out to assimilate pretty much everyone they can, namely all of Starfleet. This goes a little pear shaped for them so they jump through time to assimilate the entire Earth...the naughty rascals. Is time travel a regular function for everyone in the Trek universe? handy if so. I liked this film for the simplicity of everything and the fact you get some basic action mixed with some genuine tension along with the insecurity of not knowing what may happen, seeing as its the Borg. Bottom line there are plenty of deaths or assimilation's (close enough), a decent baddie, some good back story to Earth's future and plenty of phaser action. Its not exactly a top notch sci-fi action flick lets be honest here, this is no Die Hard in space. Visually most things still have that TV show quality only on a slightly grander scale. Everything looks a bit plastic amongst the obvious plastic sets. Effects again are more CGI based than models unfortunately. The space battle against the big Borg cube ship thing at the start actually looks like a videogame sequence, obvious CGI without weight or depth. I know this is still only 96 but geez you'd think they could do better, compare this to Star Wars! The deadly Borg look quite decent with some good facial makeup but their cyborg body armour, weapons and general body attachments do look pretty rubbery and plastic. I really don't know who decided to put silly little flashing lights all over the shop, it just makes everything look so childish and fake. Data again suffers with this indignity, when his android under layers are revealed it just appears to be bare grey plastic with stupid flashing fairy lights all over, so very crap looking. As for the bad guys I do like them, space zombies if you will, lets face it that's what they are really. Part robotic and part organic space zombies from the planet Romero. I do like the Borg as they do actually come across as creepy plus they manage to add real tension and dread to a Star Trek film. Can't really over look the fact they are a mixture of various ideas from various other sci-fi/horror films all pieced together ('Hellraiser' springs to mind). Plus the fact that they transform whole areas into cold dead robotic hives that visually appear the same as the Borg themselves kinda copies ideas used in 'Aliens' but hey ho. Apart from that the Borg are quite a cool creation and do actually add a genuine threat to the Star Trek universe. Yet at the same time they kinda don't fit in the Trek universe, they're almost too cold, calculated and merciless for the family friendly franchise. Not sure I ever really liked the design of their ship (I guess its a ship), why is it merely a large cube? what's the deal with that? On a final note why are they called Borg? are they Swedish? The Borg queen is a nice touch to the faceless enemy that does come across as an interesting character, not just a cyborg on auto pilot. She also has some really good prosthetic makeup on the face and chest regions, looks that bit more realistic than the other drones. A definite improvement over the last rather dull film, a basic story which is more savage and quite dark in places, although not too extreme of course. I did notice this is another film where actually having some knowledge of a previous TV episode/s is slightly required. They got away with it for 'Star Trek II' and I believe they got away with it for this film also, but seeing that particular episode would appear to help when watching this film.
First Contact is a brilliant film that has highly entertaining from start to finish. This, for me, is yet another great sequel in the franchise, and one of the finest entries in the series in the 90's. The cast all bring some great to the film, and overall, this is the most ambitious, film in the series, only topped recently by Star Trek Into Darkness. This possesses everything you'd expect from a very well crafted Star Trek film, and it has a well crafted storyline, good action scenes, and enough thrills from start to finish to satisfy genre fans. What First Contact does well is to amp up the stakes in terms of scope, and it furthers the formula even more into new territory that delivers a terrific film going experience. This entry is one of the best Star Trek films I've seen, and it is a well directed affair, one that is thoroughly exciting from the first frame onwards. Even for non Star Trek fans, this is worth seeing because it's a film that has some well executed action scenes, and it's a fine example of genre cinema. Aside from the recent Star Trek films, this is one of my favorites, and the way that the story is told, mixed with engaging performances, makes this a must see film that will even appeal to genre skeptics. Even if you're not big into this particular genre, Star Trek First Contact is a strong picture that elevates the genre significantly. I enjoyed this film, even more so than other previous entries, and it ranks as one of the very best films in the Star Trek series. With a well crafted story, great effects, wonderful performances, this is a memorable and thrilling genre film that should be enjoyed by anyone that is looking for a highly entertaining Science Fiction film to watch.
Star Trek: First Contact Quotes
|Lt. Cmdr. Data:||[with his grafted flesh burned away] I imagine I look worse than I... feel.|
|Lt. Cmdr. Data:||I imagine I look worse than I... feel.|
|Capt. Jean-Luc Picard:||Six years ago, they assimiated me into their collective. I had their cybernetic devices implanted throughout my body. I was linked to the hive mind. Every trace of individuality erased. I was one of them. So you can imagine, my dear, I have a somewhat unique perspective on the Borg, and I know how to fight them. Now if you'll excuse me, I have work to do.|
|Lily Sloane:||Borg? Sounds Swedish.|
|Borg Queen:||We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.|
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