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Star Trek: First Contact Reviews

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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.
June 7, 2016
First Contact is the eight Star Trek movie and the second of The Next Generation movie series. This film follows the crew of the enterprise as they venture back into time in order to stop the Borg from erasing mans "First Contact" with an alien species as well as to assimilate the human race into their collective. This movie is excellent. The film has great special effects as well as amazing action sequences. The film stays true to the characters of The Next Generation tv series and is overall an enjoyable fun Star Trek film. Performances are also great as well and the movie does boast a rather great villain. Datas subplot was also appreciated. Overall this is up there with the best Star Trek movies. 5/5
June 5, 2016
Another great movie in the star trek saga.
May 17, 2016
A great Trek movie!!!
April 21, 2016
The best Generation movie awesome
April 2, 2016
This is just a fairly bland action-packed revenge flick in which Johnny Luke seeks psychotic revenge against the Borg.
½ January 17, 2016
A good trek movie with lots of action. Patrick Stewart and all usual crew mates do good and James Cromwell is very good. Though their might be some problems with the pace and it may be a bit to generic for a star trek movie but the Borg make up for it. Though trek knowledge might be needed to get the entire viewing experience.
½ December 28, 2015
First Contact might be my favourite out of all the Star Wars movies. Of course it has the advantage of coming out in a time when people actually knew how to use CGI and practical effects side by side, but the overall story and the plot are both intriguing and make you wanna see more. The acting is phanatstic and will please both die hard fans and just genre fans.
December 18, 2015
Brilliant. If you are a Star Trek fan and haven't watched this yet then I both envy and pity you.
Very enjoyable. Picard and Cromwell are fantastic. Enjoy the tech upgrades.
November 19, 2015
Watch this and you will assimilated into a Star Trek fan.
Super Reviewer
½ November 6, 2015
The eighth Star Trek film (and second of The Next Generation) has incredible special effects and makeup in a surprisingly good and urgent plot that boasts a sinister villain - and the subplot involving Data captured by the Borg is for sure the highlight.
October 2, 2015
A poor villain aside,First Contact is easily the best Next Gen movie,and I'd recommend it for fans and newcomers alike of Star Trek
September 25, 2015
Good movie with the next generation cast.
September 24, 2015
Picard played Captain Ahab while the Borg Queen played the albino white whale seducing Data. A huge leap forward with imagery of space and crafts so sleek and convincing.
½ September 23, 2015
With the borg in this movie it made it a whole lot better
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