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Good for a Trek movie. I enjoyed it.
Fear not, though many people call this boring and dull, the movie is nothing like The Final Frontier. (Thank God) It has an intriguing plot, and some nice action scenes, but it gets slow at times. The trailer made it look very good though. Non-Trekkers maybe not appreciate it much though, but it's still a decent movie.
Sabrina (1995)
Any time they remake a classic it invites comparison with the original. The remake usually suffers badly in the comparison. But Sabrina, the 1995 remake of the 1954 Billy Wilder movie, is one that works. In fact, it's just about as good as the original. Though Julia Ormond is no Audrey Hepburn, she still does a fine job reinterpreting the title role in her own way. I think I actually prefer Harrison Ford to Humphrey Bogart as Linus Larrabee. Not only is he sexier but I find his transformation from a work-obsessed executive to a man needing to reexamine his life and priorities, and finally to a man who could love the chauffer's daughter, more convincing. Greg Kinnear also does a fine job acting the part of David Larrabee, Linus's irresponsible brother and the subject of Sabrina's long-time infatuation. But he's not real convincing as the source of that infatuation. After all, David has always acted like a cad, so why would she love him, mostly from afar, unless he were irresistably good-looking. Greg Kinnear's cudly cuteness doesn't seem to me to inspire that kind of infatuation. Why not cast a drop-dead-gorgeous actor - the type that often does act like a cad and women love him anyway?

I think the problem of the story's resolution is handled a little better than in the original. (SPOILERS ahead) That problem being why Sabrina would ever want any man who has treated her so badly (it's the "Hero problem" - the same issue that every production of Much Ado About Nothing has to grapple with). That issue creates even more problems with credibility when it's a young woman in the mid-90s instead of a similar woman in 1954. The movie ends with a reunion of the lovers, but there is the sense that Sabrina is giving him the oportunity to prove himself, to make amends, and not that she is accepting him unconditionally. And that works for me.

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
This is one of the lesser entries in the Star Trek franchise. It's the second in the series to feature only Patrick Stewart's Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and his "Next Generation" crew. I like this cast and their characters - I watched them during the entire seven-year run of the TV series. When you add F. Murray Abraham as the principle guest star, it could have been very good. Unfortunately it's very dull. Even the best actor needs something to work with, and Rick Berman and company didn't give it to them. The plot could have come from a rejected teleplay from the series and padded out to feature length. This time out, the Enterprise crew has to battle evil aliens trying to take control of an innocent planet, breaking the Prime Directive (of course!) and standing up to subversive forces within the ruling ranks of the Federation itself. It's not worth feature film treatment. It's boring and predictable. I've been a fan of the series since the 60s and it pains me to say that this is looking like an old, tired franchise. Unless the writers can come up with some dramatically new ideas, the actors would be better off exercising their skills elsewhere.
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thought it was great

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

As a huge fan of the Next Generation for a short time when I was younger, I was really disappointed in this movie. I personally don't think it would have even made an average episode of the series. Nothing could top First Contact but this was still not very good.

Star Trek: Insurrection was pretty good. Dialogue was strong enough and the acting was emotional enough. All in all, thought it lacked a little but still pretty good. Crew of the Enterprise is doing what a good officer is trained to do, follow orders that they agree with and disapprove of ones they don't.
Star Trek: Insurrection

The script is easily a step or two down from First Contact. Because they felt the need to keep the proceedings light by way of humorous character moments, any possible tension or conflict is reduced dramatically. Even though much of Data's character building is expertly done, it is to little effect, because it serves no real purpose to the story. There are then several scenes that take place in the middle of the action, yet have no bearing on really anything at all. The space battle at the end, with Riker (Frakes) at the helm seems particularly abrupt.

However, Insurrection isn't entirely without it's merits. Jonathan Frakes still proves to be an apt director, and the man once again shows off his keen eye for visual set pieces. The cast is all in top notch, especially Stewart, Spiner, and Dorn (who finally gets more to do in this film). As stated earlier, the script gives the cast a chance to show their lighter side, and while it's refreshing to see everyone hang loose, it's really not necessary to the plot.

While it isn't necessarily a disaster, it definitely isn't Star Trek IV. There are bright spots, but not enough to redeem Star Trek: Insurrection from being a stale story with a weak conflict. :rotten: :rotten: 1/2

Cool Factor - 7
Class - 5
Story - 5
Visuals - 8
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