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If you're a "movie" fan, there's a good possibility you won't like this film. It feels less like a "movie" and more like a continuous two-part episode of the TV show. But don't particularly care for "movies", but I do love the television show this film is based off. And so this is pretty much exactly what I want out of a StarTrek film.
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
StarTrek: Insurrection marks a turning point in the TNG movies where many of fans started to witness a decline in the quality of the TNG films.
Personally, I've always enjoyed this movie. I was a kid in the 90s when StarTrek: First Contact came out, and it is by far my favorite Trek film, up there with Wrath of Khan and StarTrek 2009. Like Khan, First Contact is an emotional roller coaster, and for a first time viewing, terrifying with the Borg.
It's for those reasons why I like Insurrection––it's a completely different kind of movie from its predecessor, more resembling a high budget episode of the series than a time travel Trek film with an overwhelming villain. It reminds us what the Federation is about, and exploration. It's a moral conflict film, versus a battle for survival like Khan and First Contact.
Does the film have some flaws? Yes. There's weak lead villains, and some writing problems (namely the whole "I've never kissed you with a beard before" and other ret-cons) and some child focused CGI creatures and Data humor that don't play well with an older Trek fan like me.
But there's also a lot to like here. Picard's romance, the re-ignited flames between Riker and Troi, and the situational humor that Data and Worf lend to the whole production.
Make no mistake, the film that comes after this (Nemesis) SUCKS. But this movie isn't as bad as you might think, and I enjoy re-watching it frequently.
I feel like this is the forgotten TNG movie. You never really think about it when you think about the TNG movies.
You think about Generations because Kirk is in it. You think about First Contact because it was awesome. You think about Nemesis because you get mad it killed the franchise. But you never really think about Insurrection.
And that's not fair to the movie. It's a decent installment of the movie series. It's a good story. Picard's love interest is a little under explored and then forgotten by the next film. And F Murray Abraham's sudden whiny 'NOOO!!!!' scene could have been done without. But other than that this is a solid TNG story.
It has Picard doing his "To hell with the Federation Counsel! I'm Jean Luc Picard and I'll do interstellar diplomacy my way!" theme.
Another reviewer wrote that this is more like a two hour tv show than a movie. I have to agree. It is low key, lackluster, with inadequate writing. And evidently with a story line that won't stay with you. I'm about 30 minutes in, and am only just getting inklings that I've seen it before, and will immediately forget it when I'm finished, if I finish. Same generic moralizing as the tv show, same pedestrian grade acting. Evidently just a placeholder (we had to put SOMETHING out) and way to milk the fans.
Everything about this movie screams "TV Show"--the plot, the acting, the dopey injections of humor. There are so many arbitrary scenes that are just stupid plot devices--Worf, Picard, and Data singing; the fake, forced, no chemistry relationship between Troi and the bloated Riker...just treat this as a long lost episode of ST:NG and you might be able to stomach watching this.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
For me, this is another great StarTrek movie; I have watched many times now. The idea of explore new areas of space is there as they enter this briar patch part of space where not much is known about it. A classic battle of good vs. evil also surfaces as unfamiliar alien race attempt to overtake a planet with the help of Starfleet members who have hidden intentions.. Has a plot that the whole family can enjoy. The StarTrek movies are quite different from one to the next and I enjoy the variety in them.
Production quality was good. Character chemistry was good. Story was OK, but on par with the TV series, not the movie series. No 'end of the world as we know it' situations or enemy with the power of the gods to defeat. Predictable plot twist. No fantastic outstanding or over the top special effects. If it's nail biting cinematic excitement you seek, you won't find it here. If you're an STTNG fan, you'll enjoy this romp, even though it's more like watching an extended TV episode or a "direct to DVD" production instead of a theatre release movie.
Not great and not bad. Nice to see all the regulars one got used to seeing in this movie. For me, seeing the location of Convict Lake meant a lot, as I have been there. (It was the location of the cloaked ship in the water.) The story is all right, but not particularly memorable. "How many people does it take, Admiral, before it becomes wrong?" is really the message of the story. A part that annoyed me was when the kid went back to retrieve his pet animal. That is so hackneyed, and I expected more from the pedigree of this movie.
Couple of romantic interests, between Riker and Troi, and between Picard and Anij, the latter more developed.
StarTrek was all about the story telling back then. The characters and their personal journey rather than a succession of high-end explosions and space battles. Something that’s sadly been lost with the modern day reboot and StarTrek Discovery. Back then you really wanted to be part of the crew.
Great picture and sound on the Blu Rays as you would expect. An enjoyable movie. Not my favourite of the TNG era, but a good watch none the less. Would recommend to classic Trek fans. Modern day reboot fans may feel it’s moving a bit slow.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2013
I started watching startrek mainly because of this film. It may not be the most lively of the franchise but is definitely worth a go. I loved the humour involved with this movie (H.M.S. Pinafore springs to mind) and the democracy and humanity involved, which was one of the main pros of the entire startrek franchise, is a welcome breather from the action of the other films and series. A real delight for people to sit down and enjoy and definitely a memorable film in my mind that will stay with me forever. A timeless classic that is well worth the money.