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Star Trek: First Contact Reviews

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October 4, 2016
One of the best TNG films
September 10, 2016
One of the best pieces of science fiction ever, even if you've never seen the series. The writer is so good. The ideas presented are thought provoking. There is humor at the end of each scene. You'll enjoy this ride.
½ September 5, 2016
Well made, acted and a great story. Most exciting TNG movie.
August 26, 2016
First Contact boasts a big budget feel and a lot of action, and a intriguing plot. The characters are good, the effects are mostly great, and the ending is memorable. The only problem is that it doesn't stand on its own too well, leaving little to know for those who aren't familiar with the series.
½ August 22, 2016
I just recently rewatched First Contact after seeing Beyond in theaters, and I must say, it's unbelievable how well the movie holds up. This could have been released today, and I would have still liked better than Beyond, and I loved Beyond.

Not only is this the best film starring the next generations cast, it's arguably the second best star trek movie period, behind only of course The Wrath of Khan. Personally, my favorite character has always been Riker, but Picard, Worf, and Data all get a real chance to shine here in a way they just couldn't on the TV show, and the actors nail it.

I must also complement Jonathan Frakes for his unbelievable directing job behind the camera as this movie was wonderfully directed, particularly the opening scene, which, in my opinion, is one of the most memorable moments from any Star Trek movie, and it immediately draws you in and engrosses you into the movie.

If you are a fan of, not just Star Trek, but the sci-fi genre in general, this is a must see as it is an absolute classic!
August 19, 2016
Rocking good time!! See it!
August 13, 2016
Star Trek Is A Classic That Is VERY HARD To Dislike!
½ August 7, 2016
The story develops very well around the heroes and the villains,
Very good music,
The camera movements are convenient,
The pace and timing was developing in a very appropriate manner not too fast, not too slow,
You pass through a happy and worry feelings and some thrilling while watching the movie,
I liked the idea of free will, also the idea of Appreciating the iconic characters and events of the past,
Nice costumes,
The characters was well convincing,
Final rating 9/10
August 5, 2016
I'll always have a special fondness for the cast of the original Star Trek TV series and movies, but the Next Generation series was undoubtedly a superior product, and its ensemble cast a real pleasure to watch. So it's no surprise that this first solo film outing of the Next Generation crew (Star Trek: Generations was a handover from Kirk's crew to Picard's) was hugely entertaining for me. I just saw this for the first time (I was a parent of young children when it first came out in 1996 and didn't go to the movies often).

In First Contact, Captain Jean-Luc Picard must face off once again with the Borg, arguably the most tenacious and threatening villains ever concocted on Star Trek. The Borg have gone back in time to the dawn of Earth's interstellar space age. They plan to annihilate the inventor of the warp drive and assimilate Earth. Naturally, Picard and crew are at the right place and in the right time to confront the cybernetic Borg. I found this version of the Enterprise (a brand new Enterprise, the TV version having been destroyed in Star Trek: Generations) much darker than the Enterprise-D. Who would want to work in such a dismal setting? But the cast was as good as ever. Data has an emotion chip. Worf joins in from his assignment on Deep Space Nine. Deanna gets drunk. The Borg infiltrate the Enterprise itself. Lots of action, lots of clever solutions to impossible problems, some violations of the Prime Directive, and a reference to Moby-Dick (which also featured in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan). What more could you ask for?
August 4, 2016
The definitive TNG movie.
August 3, 2016
The most punchy and competent of the original Star Trek films ramps up the threats from the word go and continues to pile on epic space combat, horror and humour throughout its less than two hour runtime. Unlike the last entry which had disparate elements that never gelled, this expertly weaves them together and never feels overstuffed or neglects the human (and non-human) drama. It may not be the biggest on ideas which normally fuels the best Star Trek; in fact the basic plot, stop history from changing, is not particularly original or clever and has been done better before within the series, but it has some of the franchises most powerful and most haunting moments; it is small details that make the movie work. The 'historic' Earth-bound story thread may not be quite as compelling as the happenings in space, and the prime directive is jettisoned far too easily, but they integrate well into the main story and provide necessary quiet moments. The biggest criticism from a franchise viewpoint is the Borg leader, who arguably undermines the point of the Borg (and results in some clichéd elements towards the end), but even then she provides the set-up for the completion of Data's story arc, achieving what the previous film could not. For fans there are a plethora of references that add up to a worthy 30th anniversary celebration, yet are delivered subtly, without overwhelming proceedings.
The best 'pre-boot' entry demonstrates that the staid reputation of The Next Generation is undeserved and that Star Trek films can be cinematic, entertaining and dynamic.
August 3, 2016
Patrick Stewart like always delivers great acting. The story was great continuation of the trials the federation had to endure during the Borg incursions. It has a good amount of action but not over the top. There are other elements the movie uses within the storyline that makes this movie very entertaining. If you like sci-fi or if you are a fan of Star Trek, this movie is for you.
½ August 1, 2016
I thought this was one of the better Star Trek movies. It just goes to show you that a movie is only as good as its villain and the Borg are one of the better "villains" that the new series has come up with. It also felt a little more monumental and movie-like and less like an episode.
July 30, 2016
Watching this again. One of my favorite Star Trek movies. Good memories :)
½ July 23, 2016
The second to worst Trek entry, First Contact is an early look at mindless cinema, and fails as science fiction.
½ July 17, 2016
This movie is a perfect attempt of bringing a modern vision of Star Trek out from the closets and onto the big screen, and it most definitely succeeds!
Super Reviewer
July 15, 2016
Captain Jean-Luc Picard and crew were second fiddle to Captain Kirk in their first feature film together in 1994's 'Generations', but that wasn't at all the case in 'First Contact'. Putting a newfound focus on the new crew and a new real sci-fi adventure proved to be what was needed to make the best Star Trek film in years.

Re-introducing the Borg was a good choice as the conflict with the Klingons seemed to be getting a bit tiresome. Plus, with improved 1996 special effects, the filmmakers were able to fully realize the Borg as terrifying science fiction species. And that brings me to my favorite elements to First Contact, it's true sci-fi aesthetic. Sure, you still get a classic Trek adventure, but I don't think the other films in the franchise capture the science fiction side to the series as well as First Contact does.

The main crew are joined by now-prominent actors, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard, and Neal McDonough. McDonough plays a throwaway crew mate on the bridge, but Woodard and Cromwell are given plenty to do. Unfortunately for Cromwel and other members of the Enterprise crew, their 21st century earth bound mission is not as compelling as what is going on in space.

While Woodard spends most of the film attempting to understand what's going on, she serves as a great counterpart to Picard's spiraling emotion. With Picard's unfortunate Borg history, he has a tough time comprehending any other strategies besides what his own mind tells him. Woodard is the only one that can get to him. Their bond and blossoming relationship is the type of thing previous films have been missing. Or really any well-written female characters at all.

After taking a few films off, Jerry Goldsmith returned to score First Contact. Goldsmith has always had a keen sense of when to hammer in that heroic side to the Star Trek theme at just the right moments, First Contact does so impeccably. The CGI is also surprisingly polished. The mixture of practical and digital is seamlessly handled.

Though Star Trek films seem to have the same structure, First Contact steered away from some flaws of the previous entries. Keeping the fun tone while throwing in some homages to Alien and Terminator with the Borg's presence was a perfect way to kick off The Next Generation's own film without having to rely on old characters. Star Trek First Contact is easily one of the best instalments of the franchise to date.

+Real sci-fi

+Borg were a nice change up

+Woodard and Cromwell

+Focus on the team instead of the old crew


+Homages to classic sci-fi films

-Earth bound material is a bore

June 29, 2016
This sci-fi movie has it all, comedy, tension, drama, action.. By the end you're routing for the heroes without being forced to.
June 12, 2016
An interesting and action packed plot for this entry in the Star Trek franchise.
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