Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) / Sci Fi-Action
MPAA Rated: PG for sci-fi action violence, mild language and sensuality
Running Time: 103 min.
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Screenplay: Michael Piller
Review published December 13, 1998
On an exotic planet, about 600 inhabitants of a small briar patch known as the Ba'ku are being monitored by the Federation for study. It seems they have virtually invented their own "fountain of youth" and someone out there is trying to sabotage it. After Data (Spiner, Independence Day) flips out, Picard (Stewart, Conspiracy Theory) and the Enterprise-E crew go to this planet and discover the nefarious plot , but the Federation has already commanded the briar patch be destroyed, contrary to the Prime Directive of noninterference. Picard and crew decide to fight for what's right go against Starfleet orders to take on the Federation to help the Ba'ku.
After a successful outing in First Contact, Jonathan Frakes (Thunderbirds) takes the director's helm once again with a pleasant but uninvolving outing which seems more in tune with the style of the TV series than the film series, special effects notwithstanding. It's well-made and fun, but also convoluted and confusing. A worthwhile but unremarkable entry in the Star Trek film series.
©1998 Vince Leo