One Minute Review: Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

Release Date
December 11, 1998
Director
Jonathan Frakes
Screenplay
Michael Piller
Rick Berman
Based On The Television Series By
Gene Roddenberry
Distributed By
Paramount Pictures
Budget
$58 million
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
Rated PG for sci-fi action violence, mild language and sensuality
103 minutes

Star Trek: Insurrection

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.

 

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