Star Trek: First ContactNovember 22, 1996
Captain Picard and his crew pursue the Borg back in time to stop them from preventing Earth from initiating first contact with alien life.
Release Year: 1996
Rating: 7.5/10 (56,666 voted)
Critic's Score: 70/100
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner
The time is the 24th century and the ship is the newly-commissioned Enterprise-E. Its captain, Jean-Luc Picard, has been ordered not to interfere in a battle between a Borg Cube and ships from the Federation. However, seeing the Federation is about to lose, Picard ignore his orders and takes command of the defending fleet. With his knowledge of the Cube's weak spot, they destroy it. However, a small part of it escapes and plots a course directly for Earth. The Enterprise chases it and enters a time distortion created by the Borg. They end up in the mid-21st century, and their only chance of stopping the Borg from assimilating Earth is to help Zefram Cochrane make his famous first faster-than-light travel to the stars.
Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Rick Berman
(as Levar Burton)
You Will Be Assimilated
Release Date: 22 November 1996
Filming Locations: Angeles National Forest, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $30,716,131
(24 November 1996)
Did You Know?
The Teaser Trailer features scenes from "The Best of Both Worlds", the
Star Trek: The Next Generation episode that leads to this film. Other scenes in the trailer include the destruction of the USS Pasteur from the final episode of the Next Generation, "All Good Things…", and other stock effects shots produced for the TNG and
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine television series. In addition, a quick shot of the USS Voyager can be seen in the teaser.
In the film's ending credits, James Cromwell's role is listed as "Cochran", when it should have been spelled "Cochrane".
The Borg Queen:
Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile.
One of the best sci-fi movies ever!
This is one of the two best Star Trek movies ever made (the other being
"Wrath of Khan"). Everything about this film is superb…. acting, set
design, special effects, plot, and action. The story progresses at a
breathtaking pace, and from the first 10 minutes when the Enterprise is
locked in a life-and-death struggle with one of the best villains in all of
sci-fi history (the Borg), to a perfect ending; there isn't a wasted or
redundant moment. This is a film that both trekkers and non-trekkers can
enjoy because the film explains enough about the back-story to get non-fans
up to speed, and does it in a way that will keep the fans interest (check
out the excellent opening sequence that introduces Picard's first encounter
with the Borg and explains much of his implacable and obsessive attitude
towards them throughout the film).
In addition to fine performances from the crew (highlighted as always by
Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard), the supporting cast is more than equal
to the task. Its too bad that the crew didn't bring Alfre Woodward back
with them…….. she's one of the very few actors/actresses in Star Trek
history who have been able to match Patrick Stewart's personality, acting
skills, and histrionics. Also, I thought I detected a touch of romance
between the two that could have been further developed at another
James Cromwell makes a perfect Zefrem Cochrane. It was a humorous touch to
portray him as somewhat of an anti-hero, in contrast to the god-like
reverence with which the characters in the film viewed him from a distance
of 300 years.
The protagonists in the film, the Borg, have never looked more dangerous.
I'm glad that this film returned them to their "roots", unlike their last
few appearances in the television series in which they were becoming a
little too domesticated.
This is a film to savor for any science fiction fan.