"Star Trek" movies have been inconsistent over the years. As they continued to pour out, a pattern has become apparent: Even numbers are good, odd numbers are bad. Star Trek 5 was the worst, Star Trek 6 was the best, Generations was disappointing, and First Contact showed that the "Next Generation" crew could indeed compete with the original. But Insurrection is Star Trek 9, which must mean that it is going to bite the dust. Jonathan Frakes must have seen the pattern and decided that he better direct again, hoping that his success and superior directing power will prevail just like they did in First Contact.
To be blunt, Insurrection is not the best "Star Trek" movie. The Undiscovered Country and First Contact top it by far, and it is fairly close to some others, possibly below. However, it is not the worst, and is an enjoyable film to watch. A combination of good acting, humor, graphics, and action make it worth the while, even for non-Trekkie fans.
Insurrection has a simplistic complicated plot. In itself, it's nothing exciting, but the writers put just enough turns in it to make it worthwhile. The political aspect of it was good, and the relationship between the Ba'ku and Son'a had good development. The writers put in a lot of little scenes in the beginning, especially between Riker and Troi, which added some comical relief to the movie (and throughout there was more than enough humor to satisfy). Unfortunately, there were a few of worthless and stupid scenes. The relationship between Picard and Anij was a waste of film space, and I absolutely didn't get her "freezing time" thing. It was just stupid. As for the conclusion, it was nothing spectacular. It was the typical "beat the countdown" scene, and there wasn't much tension between Picard and Ru'afo, but it could have been a lot worse.
As for the graphics, I don't know how to rate them. They were awesome, but at the same time, different. They were different from typical computer graphics... shinier, smoother, and just abnormal. However, they still were the strongest aspect of the movie, and for the most part, extremely well done. The Enterprise and the gas clouds were especially beautiful, and the movements of the spacecrafts made Insurrection have a true sci-fi feel.
Insurrection may not be the best "Star Trek" movie but it'll satisfy fans of all levels, Trekkie or not.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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