Star Trek: Insurrection

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



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The battle for paradise has begun. Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise fulfill one of man's enduring dreams - to find a fountain of youth. When the existence of this newfound paradise is threatened, Picard faces a daunting decision - in order to protect the lives of the inhabitants of this alien world, he must commit treason and take up arms against the Federation itself.

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Patrick Stewart
as Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
as Commander William Riker
LeVar Burton
as Geordi La Forge
Gates McFadden
as Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis
as Deanna Troi
Anthony Zerbe
as Matthew Dougherty
Gregg Henry
as Gallatin
Mark Deakins
as Tournel
Stephanie Niznik
as Ensign Perim
Michael Horton
as Lt. Daniels
Bruce French
as Son'a Officer No. 1
Breon Gorman
as Lt. Curtis
John Hostetter
as Bolian Officer
Rick Worthy
as Elloran Officer No. 1
Larry Anderson
as Tarlac Officer
D. Elliot Woods
as Starfleet Officer
Jennifer Tung
as Female Ensign
Raye Birk
as Son'a Doctor
Peggy Miley
as Regent Cuzar
Claudette Nevins
as Son'a Officer No. 2
Max Grodénchik
as Alien Ensign
Greg Poland
as Elloran Officer No. 2
Joseph Ruskin
as Son'a Officer No. 3
Zachary Williams
as Ba'ku Child
McKenzie Westmore
as Ba'ku Woman
Phillip Glasser
as Young Ru'afo
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Critic Reviews for Star Trek: Insurrection

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (31)

  • 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…
  • Strikes a deft balance of predictable heroics and quirky humor.

    May 19, 2008

    Joe Leydon

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Fun for most folks, heaven for Trekkers.

    Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • More of the the same-old -same-old.

    Mar 19, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Insurrection doesn't quite gain the mantle of 'Worst Star Trek Film' from Star Trek V -- but it gets a little too close for comfort.

    Sep 10, 2001 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Piers Beckley
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Star Trek: Insurrection

  • Jul 18, 2016
    'Insurrection' plays very much like Star Trek's tribute to Seven Samurai. A task many films have attempted and failed to do, but with a formidable script and solid performances, I had some fun with Star Trek Insurrection. Though I enjoyed the film, I don't really understand why they changed up the formula from the previous installment, First Contact. Instead of feeling like the next step in the film series, Insurrection seemed like an extended The Next Generation episode. It doesn't take away from the quality of the film, but it does feel like the spectacle of the other films was taken out of it. Picard and his crew stumble upon a possible conspiracy on a guarded but medically advanced planet and take matters into their own hands. Unlike either of the previous two TNG films, there is a legitimate attempt at character development. For someone who wasn't a viewer of the TV series, I was grateful for it. With that said, the push for a romantic interest for both Picard and Riker felt forced. Whether it was the acting, writing, or direction the romance angle didn't feel like a natural progression of the story. Being that it does feel similar to a Seven Samurai-esque story, I found myself more attached to Data's developing relationship with the young boy from the village. As well as the increasingly intriguing story behind why there is an alien race set on abducting an entire planet of people. Both of those story points worked well. Sure, there are a few editing issues and plenty of scenes that don't work or even make sense at all, but the different approach to this Star Trek adventure proved to be all I needed to enjoy my time watching Insurrection. +Data +Interesting plot developments late in the game -Romantic subplots -Extended TV episode approach didn't always pan out 6.3/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2014
    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
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2013
    Even for casual Star Trek fans, "Star Trek IX: Insurrection" entertains as strictly a science fiction film as well, which just so happens to have a fully developed cast of characters supporting it. Following The Next Generation crew of the Enterprise, the story arc is simple, as the team travels to a planet that was secretly under surveillance until Data breaks the Prime Directive by revealing himself and the team, in a rogue and unexplained move. Once Data is caught and fixed, he uncovers a plan to move the inhabitants of the planet without their knowing, in order to harness the power of the planet, which acts like a fountain of youth. Touching on many topical points like cultural displacement and the rights and wrongs of certain powers, the entire crew faces moments of decision and choose their paths accordingly. Even with several inside situations like LaForge's eye implants and Worf's return, the characters continue to develop, creating a sense that this is just another extended episode of the show. Also, with a reputable villain played by F Murray Abraham, the twists that surround this character are some of the highlights of the film. Although there's nothing breakthrough or exceptional about the film, it does garner enough attention to keep you guessing through most of the run-time.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2013
    While taking part in an undercover mission away from the USS Enterprise, Data (Spiner) malfunctions, removing the invisibility cloak Starfleet are using to observe a race known as the Ba'ku. When the Enterprise is called to capture Data, Picard (Stewart) insists on investigating the planet, against Starfleet's will. He discovers the Baku are an immortal race, so long as they remain on their planet. Starfleet, however, are working alongside another race, the So'na, to harvest the planet's radiation for scientific purposes; an act that will result in the planet's destruction. Picard and members of his crew take a stand with the Ba'ku to protect their world. If 'Generations' had made Trek fans doubt the future of the series without Shatner et al, 'First Contact' provided fresh hope. With Frakes returning as director, the buzz surrounding the release of 'Insurrection' was extremely positive, but ultimately misguided. While it's by no means a bad movie, it's a massive step back in quality from its immediate predecessor, and would mark the beginning of the end of big-screen Trek, at least in its classic form. The largest criticism of 'Insurrection' is that it resembles a two-part episode of 'The Next Generation'. To a degree, this is certainly true. The concept of an idyllic utopia under threat had cropped up in many episodes of both the original series and 'TNG', and had become a cliche, something of a fallback theme for uninspired writers. Despite this, there are some interesting ideas introduced here. The most impressive scene involves the discovery of a secret holodeck, fitted to resemble the village home of the planet's natives, in which Starfleet plan to rehouse the Ba'ku after the destruction of their homeworld. There are several small yet impressive moments in the movie's first half. Picard's discovery of the planet's anti-aging powers is handled ingenuously, with the captain about to have a shave before discovering his facial hair has failed to grow during his stay on the planet. If the film had carried on in this subtle manner, it would indeed resemble a double episode, and a pretty good one at that. Unfortunately, the producers' desire to reach as wide an audience as possible results in a second half full of tiresome space battles, a pattern we would see repeated in the next installment, three years later. Again, Frakes does a fine job from the director's chair and it's a shame his career never kicked on. I'd take a Frakes directed blockbuster any day over one from the likes of Zack Snyder or McG. As with 'First Contact', this is very much Picard's film, and Stewart really seems to be enjoying his new action-hero role. He even gets a love interest here and Stewart proves quite a charming presence. Again, you have to ask why he didn't get more roles after this? Looking back now, 'Insurrection' is most interesting as a pre-911 curiosity piece. With the crew of the Enterprise taking up the cause of a group of insurgents who hide out in caves while fighting a super-power, it's hard to imagine this plot getting the green-light today.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer

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