Star Trek: InsurrectionDecember 11, 1998
When the crew of the Enterprise learn of a Federation plot against the inhabitants of a unique planet, Captain Picard begins an open rebellion.
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 6.3/10 (32,239 voted)
Critic's Score: 64/100
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner
When an alien race–and forces within Starfleet–attempt to take over a planet that has "magical" properties, it falls upon Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E to defend the planet's people as well as the very ideals upon which the Federation itself was founded.
Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Rick Berman
(as Levar Burton)
F. Murray Abraham
Daniel Hugh Kelly
The Battle For Paradise Has Begun
Release Date: 11 December 1998
Filming Locations: Bishop, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $22,052,836
(13 December 1998)
Did You Know?
The manual control column that Riker uses to steer the Enterprise is a modified Gravis Thunderbird PC joystick.
When Ru'afo socks Dougherty in the face, he obviously misses, yet we hear a punch effect.
[children playing hide and seek]
There he is. Let's get him, come on!
Whoever said this was the worst Star Trek film is so wrong!
In my personal opinion, and as an avid Next Generation fan, without a
doubt "Insurrection" is one of the best Star Trek films, and the third
outing for Picard, Riker, Deanna and the rest of the Next Generation
crew stays most true to their esteemed television series. This time
round, the crew are faced with a violation of the Prime Directive and
whether or not the 600 people who live on a literal planet-of-youth are
more important than the millions of other people that could benefit
from the planet's regenerative powers. Action, drama, comedy and
romance follow in true Star Trek spectacular.
As always Patrick Stewart is in top form as Captain Picard who leads
the Star Trek resistance to save the innocents from one of his own
corrupt superiors Vice Admiral Dougherty (played terrifically by
Anthony Zerbe) who are involved with some aliens (including F. Murray
Abraham's Ad'har). Along the way Picard finds a new friend in Anij
(played by the lovely Donna Murphy), one of the Ba'ku, and a little
Jonathan Frakes once again directs and does an outstanding job, though
it does mean his character Commander Riker gets a bit less screen time,
though he is always a pleasure to watch. Riker's relationship with
Commander / Counsellor Deanna Troi heats up in this film (and it's
about time too!) Marina Sirtis of course returns as the lovely Troi and
gets a fairly good amount of screen time this time round, and certainly
most of the comical moments. Frakes and Sirtis have great chemistry
Brent Spinter's Data gets (as usual) too much screen time, again his
story consists of his quest to become more human and the like, though
he does befriend a Ba'ku child which was done quite well. As usual
Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), Michael Dorn (Lt. Commander Worf)
and LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander LaForge) are given very little to do in
the Star Trek films, and this one is no exception, though at least Worf
and LaForge got their own small story lines – Worf had to go through
puberty again and LaForge found himself with the ability to see.
Beverly however only gets a "storyline" involving her boobs firming up.
Terrific. Poor Gates must be the most under-appreciated actress in all
of Star Trek, but also the most gracious for returning each time.
The special effects of "Star Trek: Insurrection" are above average, and
the music score is really well done. Often its the small moments in the
Next Generation films that are the best, and this one is no different,
but at least the big moments are good too. I think the "Star Trek the
Next Generation" films are probably the only action-type films in which
the heroes are all (with the exception of Marina Sirtis) in their 50's
and people still want to watch them. Quite interesting too that a main
theme of the movie was the eternal youth. At least when the sad time
comes that the Next Generation cast are no longer alive, they will be
immortalised in history by their much loved characters and beautiful
stories, just like "Insurrection".