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Star Trek: Insurrection

Director: Jonathan Frakes
Writer: Michael Piller
Paramount; PG; 105 minutes
Release:12/98
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marini Sirtis, F. Murray Abraham, Donna Murphy and Anthony Zerbe

Ever since the 1960s series debut, Star Trek has been operating under an interior logic that blends intergalactic heroics with an odd take on futurism that has high-ranking Starfleet females exploring the universe's outer reaches in miniskirts. Insurrection, the ninth Star Trek film, is set deep in space on a planet whose neo-Luddite inhabitants don't age, a rustic place of peace that resembles heaven — or white, middle-class America. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if the future is forward-looking or regressive. Stalwart Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) is forced to rebel against the Federation in order to protect the ageless, innocent Ba'Ku from a forcible relocation at the hands of the evil Son'a people. Majestic, human, and fantastical, Star Trek: Insurrection is a fine, if formulaic, film. Shakespearean actor-turned-TV darling Stewart yields a typically noteworthy performance, bolstered by lively interplay with Data (Spiner).


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