Star Trek: Insurrection

"OK"

Star Trek: Insurrection Review


By 1998, the Star Trek legacy was looking thin. The series had run through all of its big villains, Trek's cast was happily dabbling in other projects, and the memory of Kirk and co. had long since faded happily into the land of reruns.

But you can't keep Trek down, and the crew saddled up for this lackluster experience, the likes of which would typically comprise an hour-long episode of The Next Generation, and not even a season finale.

This mission takes our heroes to a tiny society on a planet inhabited by settlers from another world who, of course, harbor a secret: They're hundreds of years old, and they don't age. The magical powers of the planet eventually even give Geordi has sight back and the female crewmembers a little extra cleavage (not kidding). Of course, this fountain of youth is desired by all manner of factions -- but it's Starfleet itself (along with an odd hanger-on played by F. Murray Abraham) that threatens to relocate the 600 residents of the planet in order to harvest its medicinal powers. (With just 600 people on it, it's a miracle they can't find some more room for inhabitants, but that's another story.)

Ultimately, Picard refuses to obey orders to relocate the settlers -- shades of Auschwitz, native America, and other well-known incursions are rather blatant -- and the titular "insurrection" occurs. Alas, there's not much of an ethical problem here, really. A little healthy debate probably could have found some breathing room for everyone, without resorting to Picard and his commando crew loading up a transporter with guns and explosives. And gosh, ya think they're going to let Picard back into command once they find out what he's done?

With a $58 million budget (lots of cash was saved by setting the film on a peaceful, green planet (read: a farm in California) and eschewing the alien planets and space battles which would have ratcheted up the budget), Insurrection was a mild success: The film eventually earned about $70 million domestically and probably broke about even. (The next Trek film, 2002's Nemesis, would have no such luck.)

It's hardly the best or worst of the Trek movies: Shatner's God-hunt in Star Trek V and the god-awful Nemesis earn that title. But it is a classic example of what Star Trek has become: Out of stories, and full of actors just phoning it in. This is probably the last Star Trek film, ever, that will be able to coast on its title and the goodwill of its fan base. And that's both a good thing and a sad passing for a once-pioneering series.

Now available on a now-expected Special Edition DVD, Insurrection adds the usual text commentary, plus a smattering of behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews. It's a smaller package than most Trek movies have received, but then again, there just doesn't seem to be much left to say.



Star Trek: Insurrection

Facts and Figures

Genre: Sci fi/Fantasy

Run time: 103 mins

In Theaters: Friday 11th December 1998

Box Office Worldwide: $118M

Budget: $70M

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Fresh: 37 Rotten: 30

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as Commander William T. Riker, as Lt. Commander Data, as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge, as Doctor Beverly Crusher, as Counselor Deanna Troi, F. Murray Abraham as Ad'har Ru'afo, as Vice-Adm. Dougherty, as Anij, as Gallatin, as Lt. Commander Worf

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.