Reviewer's Rating 1 out of 5   User Rating 3 out of 5
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
PG

In this ninth Star Trek film, the Enterprise warps into a sector of space inhabited by the peaceful Ba'ku, who have rejected technology in favour of an idyllic existence. Due to a strange quirk of plot in that region of space, anyone living there is blessed with eternal youth. Unfortunately the fiendish Son'a, a group of aliens obsessed with facelifts, are attempting to move in, displace the Ba'ku and steal all of the youthfulness rays for themselves.

No, really.

The weak plot is matched by a lack of power in the writing. "Insurrection" never misses a chance to descend into mawkishness, as android Data (Brent Spiner) learns to embrace his inner child, Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) treasures a perfect moment, and Troi and Riker rekindle an old love affair.

Each actor performs competently - but that's really the least you'd expect, considering most of them played their roles on the telly for seven years. The dialogue verges on (and often reaches) the trite, with only a stirring speech about the morals of forced relocation allowing Stewart to show any kind of range or power.

The direction from Jonathan Frakes (who also appears in the film as Commander Riker) is workmanlike, but lacks the sureness of touch to salvage the weak script and forced humour. With the exception of a computer-generated pet that adds nothing to the story, even the special effects fail to impress.

"Insurrection" doesn't quite gain the mantle of 'Worst Star Trek Film' from "Star Trek V" - but it gets a little too close for comfort.

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End Credits

Director: Jonathan Frakes

Writer: Michael Piller

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes , Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Donna Murphy, F Murray Abraham, Anthony Zerbe

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: 99 minutes

Cinema: 1998

DVD: 05 June 2000

VHS: 27 December 1999

Country: US

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