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Star Trek: Insurrection is definitely a mixed bag. After First Contact, the producers wanted to take the series in a different direction to keep things fresh. That direction created the dullest Star Trek movie ever made. Everything in Insurrection seems so tired as if no one wanted to be there.
Rumor has it that there was a lot of studio interference forcing what was originally planned to be a Heart of Darkness inspired story into something much more lighter and, seeming, commercially viable. The film also veers into some really bizarre and goofy territory making certain scenes completely out of place.
Here is the thing, I secretly kind of like this movie. I love the ideas it plays with: forced relocations and the twist on the “needs of the many” concept. There is a lot of good that Michael Piller was playing around with. Online, there are still “heated” fan-debates on whether or not our heroes were really in the right. Some might see that as a flaw in the film, but I find it to be an actual strength.
Interestingly, out of all the TNG movies, Insurrection felt the most like the show it sprung from. Much of that has to do with the late, great Michael Piller, who was the main show-runner for Star Trek: The Next Generation during its glory days. If anyone knew how to write these characters, it was him.
Star Trek: Insurrection is not a bad movie, but it is far from a great one. Disappointing is probably the best way to describe it. The problem is that the film has such great ideas, but it is completely bogged down with stupid elements that it lost any potential effectiveness it might have had. And that is an honest shame.