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Star Trek: First Contact

1996
Drama
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1h 51m
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Rated 06 May 2021
97
93rd
Much like Wrath of Khan, this film understands that Trek movies benefit from a strong villain who challenges its humanist vision of the future. That starts with using the Borg as a monster who overtakes the Enterprise. But it's escalated by utilizing Moby Dick's Ahab narrative to challenge Picard's evolved sensibilities. The picture is brilliant as a drama about a man suffering from PTSD. But its action, set pieces, and horror put it up there with Alien and The Thing. Highly recommended.
Rated 22 Jan 2020
72
50th
It can't help but fall into Action Picard silliness. The Borg are Space Zombies who will time travel to nix your entire species but only give you a stinkeye in the hallway. It's a dumb plot. But after Generations the quality of Frakes' direction is night and day. The humor is underplayed, the casts gets to act. It looks crisp and stylish. A drunk, vulgar Zefram Cochrane appears to invoke Roddenberry worship/whitewashing ("I didn't build this ship to better humanity, I did it to make money!")
Rated 03 Jan 2008
90
95th
Certainly the best Star Trek film from the Next Generation crew and a serious contender for the best overall movie. It works as part of the legacy and stand alone. Great special effects, elaborate costume set and design, decent script and plot some subtle references to previous back stories and genuine development of the characters. The borg are a huge bonus and genuinely terrifying in concept. A very good Star Trek movie.
Rated 15 Jul 2020
57
30th
[Geordi looks around] I don't see any Federation PC Prime Directive police around here... Can I make your warp drive, Dr. Cochrane? [Picard looks around] My Moby Dick is hard and ready to fuck everything Borg! [Data looks around] Yeah, me too I guess.
Rated 13 Aug 2008
81
76th
Entertaining enough to be quoted by South Park.
Rated 07 Jul 2014
61
30th
I was pretty frustrated with Worf being kind of shoehorned into the plot, but I regretted that about 30 minutes later when his first reaction to a Borg drone was to smash the everloving fuck out of its face with the butt of a rifle. Never change, Mr. Worf.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
90
78th
Best of the Next Gen Star Trek's
Rated 01 Feb 2008
76
64th
Enjoyable for both Star Trek fans and none fans alike. It provides an interesting viewpoint on the Borg. It's not great but it's good.
Rated 09 Oct 2011
55
39th
Accessible and entertaining. Surely the best of the Next Generation instalments. Cool effects work.
Rated 05 Nov 2008
86
62nd
I wager that this film is worth seeing even if you are not a Star Trek regular.
Rated 17 Jan 2009
88
85th
One of the better Trek Movies.
Rated 14 Feb 2010
50
10th
Hugely overrated film that reinvents Star Trek as a dumbed down action movie lacking any of the interesting idea from the movie it desperately wants to be, Wrath Of Khan. Only Picard and Data receive any kind of focus from the script and Picard is wildly out of character even when factoring in his relationship with the Borg. The Borg themselves lose everything that made them genuinely scary in the TV show and are reinvented as every sci-fi bad guy ever. Yet another stupid time travel plot too.
Rated 14 Oct 2017
80
70th
Having just finished binge-watching all of TNG, I've decided to tackle the movies. No burying the lead - straight Borg, baby. The Enterprise-E is a badass ship. The opening is a little rushed; evidence that Frakes wanted to get the meat of the story out there as quickly as possible. Speaking of Frakes, he has a specific directorial style that really works for me. The DataSex and Zero-G fight are forgivably wonky. I've always loved the Borg/Moby Dick metaphor. A definite upgrade from Generations.
Rated 28 May 2013
30
12th
Generic television inflated for the big screen. Plot and concepts are silly and uninteresting. The only characters who receive any focus are Cochrane and Picard: the former is an unconvincing scientist or engineer of some kind; in the latter case, Stewart does quite well, but the theme of overcoming past trauma is very conventional and it turns out, strangely, that Picard was right to assert that the Enterprise did not need to be destroyed. I guess the rest of the crew were cowards after all.
Rated 10 Aug 2013
90
97th
A slam bang whizpopper of a explosive franchise filled with stunning stars splayed across the screen! Okay, maybe not. Probably the only decent thing to come out of the entire 'Next Generation' catalog other than Deep Space 9. It's the first movie I ever saw in the theater 3 times, so nostalgia is certainly a thing, but it's also tightly plotted, looks good, and its characters are well put together, making it better than half the other Star Trek films.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 17 Jan 2012
54
59th
See it as an extended episode, and you won't be disappointed. Maybe it's just me, but Worf's super-slow-mo zero-gravity cut 'n slash scuffle with the Borg drone brought back fond memories of Kirk's epic sludge-fest with the lizard man.
Rated 29 Mar 2018
85
89th
Though purists might balk at compromises made when translating TNG to the big screen, it is futile to resist STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT. The movie essentially silos two separate stories--a cheerfully humorous time travel fable, and a suspenseful action yarn with a serious philosophical bent--and somehow makes them even more compelling. It's a film with an addictive rhythm, thanks to a dexterous script, excellent performances, and clever visual craftsmanship.
Rated 16 Mar 2009
71
60th
It's hard to tell whether the cry "Resistance Is Futile" is coming from the Borg, or the Trek franchise itself, as this installment may well bring in new "Trekkers" with its "less techno-babble, more action" approach and the fact that this crew can act. Trademark effects, humor, and idealism are in abundant supply.
Rated 25 Jul 2007
100
95th
The best Star Trek Movie yet.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
69
73rd
The best of the Next Generation movies.
Rated 25 Nov 2020
78
58th
Unlike the other (good) Star Trek films, First Contact isn't really about anything. There's no broader ideas at play, no exploration of humanity; it's a simple sci-fi action film about shooting evil aliens, but it works. Successfully delivers popcorn entertainment, with a clean, cohesive, tightly-plotted story, and decent directing from Frakes. The best of the TNG films by a long-shot, and the only one that's worth watching for casual fans.
Rated 28 Mar 2017
85
98th
This trekkie says this is the best film with the Stewart cast. Combines a lot of the elements that makes star trek be what it is.
Rated 17 Jul 2012
85
94th
One of the best movies, with a good story, good acting, and a lot of cool moments.
Rated 05 Jun 2010
90
95th
FUCK. YEEAH.
Rated 30 Jul 2016
54
29th
"What are you, on some sort of star trek?" Fuck you Cromwell.
Rated 26 May 2007
45
24th
Seen em all. Data is a bitch in this one.
Rated 09 May 2017
80
78th
It's a shame the TNG movies overall weren't better but this one is still quite good. It's still surpassed by the best TOS films but it's a great addition to the Borg story.
Rated 22 Oct 2014
86
90th
A classy outing for TNG crew. Fantastic costumes prove that sometimes the best special effects happen in front of the camera. Patrick Stewart & Brent Spiner are fantastic and great stuff all round really. A must watch for anyone who is even remotely into Star Trek
Rated 15 Oct 2008
81
78th
The best Star Trek film of the modern era, and maybe second only to Wrath of Khan as the best ever. It feels like a real movie and not just an extended episode, which is more than you can say for most Trek efforts. Frakes makes the most of the budget, creating a Borg threat both visually awesome and frightening. Cromwell is a great addition to the cast, and pitted against a personal foe, Stewart takes Picard to dark and flawed extremes. Great character arcs here, it's just a joy to watch.
Rated 06 Apr 2021
65
86th
I had to join in and watch this film for "First Contact Day." The fact I know it's "First Contact Day" reveals I have a Star Trek bias, and of course, I enjoyed it. I think what makes this film special is they brought the pacing and chemistry from the TV show.
Rated 14 Jun 2011
71
73rd
Totally without expectation, the eighth in the big-screen Star Trek adventures (and the second for the crew of The Next Generation) turns out to be one of the best. Frakes's direction is strong and confident, bringing a nice, creepy touch of horror to the Trek universe, following in the tradition of the second-in-command being the one to truly know and understand how a good Star Trek movie should play. Nearly everything works, from the atmosphere to the FX to the humor to the cast
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
9th
I had to see this in English class in my sophomore year of HS. Seriously, a High School English teacher decided we needed to see this.. I forget which book this was supposed to help us understand... but yeah. Dumb.
Rated 16 Sep 2015
70
63rd
One of the better Trek films. While Shatner obviously had a ton of charisma, he couldn't carry a film with his performance like Patrick Stewart does in this one. His scenes with Worf and the lady from the 21st Century (forgot her name) as he debates whether to blow up the Enterprise were high points in Star Trek acting. It also seems like the budget was increased in this one or the revolution in special effects that the 90s brought were first realized in a Trek film.
Rated 13 Jun 2008
80
90th
Nice
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
43rd
Assimilate this
Rated 15 Mar 2008
85
98th
To people who followed the Next Generation crew through the years of its television run, this was the apex of the series, bringing to the fore the zombie-like borg which parasitically hijacks both organic and synthetic in a very tense plot involving their invasion and subsequent siege of the Enterprise. Even after viewing Star Trek '09, which was excellent, this is still my favorite film of the franchise (and definitely the darkest).
Rated 20 Nov 2008
95
55th
Aside from "Let's Do The Time Plot Agaaaaaiiiiiiinnnnn" driving the screenwriting, this is one of the few Star Trek films I genuinely enjoy. Then again, I do find most of Alice Krige's acting work highly entertaining.
Rated 07 Feb 2016
10
92nd
My first Star Trek movie. Really enjoyed the story. The Borg are an amazing element to the Star Trek mythology.
Rated 16 Jul 2015
87
69th
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Rated 02 Mar 2011
86
79th
Great Star Trek adventure. Borg, vulcans, time travel-- it has it all!
Rated 09 Feb 2013
60
19th
A good looking film and Picard with a tommy gun almost makes up for all the cheesy lines...almost. If you've enjoyed Star Trek: The Next Generation then you'll enjoy this, but if not then it's safe to pass on this otherwise fairly pedestrian (though inoffensive) story.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
98
98th
Probably the best Star Trek movie.
Rated 20 Apr 2016
82
62nd
Next Gen was at its best when it was either being funny with a degree of heart, or excessively Shakespearean, and this manages to have the best of both worlds. Ha!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
90th
Second use of the Moby Dick theme in ST movies, and another good one.
Rated 08 Jan 2008
72
48th
The parts detailing Picard's struggle with the Borg were very good, but I found the Cochrane subplot hokey and uninteresting.
Rated 20 Nov 2012
77
86th
Every bit as great as I remember it. After rewatching Generations, I really feared this one would'nt hold up, but everything works - the acting, the effects, the plot - and the Borgs must be my favorite villains of the Star Trek universe.
Rated 09 Nov 2017
89
84th
Easily one of the best Star Trek films. The editing is on point. Seriously. There were three storylines going on simultaneously (like Inception), and they flowed together like MAGIC. You never were lost as to what was going on with any character, which means the editor did a fantastic job. It also took a giant leap forward in looking better than any of the others at this point. It's crazy, because the next movie is easily one of the worst for pretty much being the opposite of this film.
Rated 02 Sep 2022
70
54th
Pretty fun with some great scenes, but I don't think it's fully deserving of its reputation. The setup is incredibly rushed and there are several instances where it feels like scenes are missing. In contrast, the second half is more settled but at the cost of dragging by comparison. All that aside, Patrick Stewart is great, the Borg are a killer antagonist and everything with Data is pretty interesting. If you can kick back & blind yourself to time travel illogicality, then it's a good time.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
25
29th
A sad depature for a series that is bleeding out. They really need to revamp this franchise or let it die.
Rated 11 Feb 2008
90
82nd
The best Star Trek movie!
Rated 19 Oct 2017
4
34th
Cochrane, inventor of the warp drive, loves alcohol, rock n' roll, and naked women. What a crazy guy! Wowza! I love James Cromwell, I think Star Trek is great, but c'mon, this movie is just lazy. Not awful, but there are at least 100 TNG episodes better than this.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
50th
I like this one better than any of the others, partly because of the time travel, and partly because the characters are more real and don't take a back seat to the action.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
63rd
More time traveling Star Trek shenanigans, at least this time the Borg gets in on the action.
Rated 16 Oct 2008
96
98th
This is the first Trek film with a PG-13 rating. It is tense and thrilling and a wonderful ride.
Rated 13 Oct 2017
7
63rd
Can't hold a candle to The Best of Both Worlds but still good overall.
Rated 30 Aug 2015
66
18th
Having no familiarity with the characters, I can say the film is capable of being effective as a standalone, but much of the appeal probably does lie in familiarity. I could feel a lot of references falling flat and much of the acting and dialogue is stilted and in this no man's land of trying to be serious and cheeky. The narrative is decent enough, but not so much that it can carry the film. As I got used to it I was able to enjoy it somewhat, at least.
Rated 21 Jun 2009
70
23rd
The best of the TNG films.
Rated 21 Jun 2007
80
63rd
First Contact will please any Star Trek fan, showing them the potential that many of the series' actors never really could put to use before in the Star Trek world. Really good!
Rated 01 Dec 2008
25
25th
Af og til gode effekter og et godt "univers" men trekkie - nej, det bliver jeg sgu adrig..
Rated 12 Jun 2009
80
69th
The only thing "menacing" about a big cube spaceship is its capacity to bore you to death.
Rated 16 Aug 2013
57
59th
The action feels a bit dumbed down at points, and Data's temptation by physical pleasure was poorly conceived, to put it mildly. But the film's wry sense of humor and solid production make this entertaining and enjoyable, if not great.
Rated 28 Jun 2007
95
94th
The Best Star Trek Film. Heck, this film stands on its own as a great action-packed, time-travelling, sci-fi adventure. Plus Patrick Stewart is at his best. The Moby Dick theme actually works, without coming across as cliched.
Rated 14 Oct 2020
94
74th
Still watching all of the Star Trek movies in order again. This one was quite good.
Rated 13 Nov 2009
20
7th
WTF was this film
Rated 30 Oct 2008
8
38th
Arguably the best Star Trek film. For those who highly acclaim the newest 2009 film, give this a shot. There's definitely a lot more practical sense and connectivity. Not infesting with constant inconsistencies and boring plot, First Contact offers admirable character development and pacing...for a Star Trek film.
Rated 25 Jan 2010
10
43rd
Way to make the Borg suck. Good job.
Rated 22 Jun 2008
76
56th
Might be the best of the Star Trek movies, old or new. There is something about the Borg that brings out the best in Star Trek. Patrick Stewart take Picard into Ahab on amphetamines territory.
Rated 26 Jan 2008
82
57th
Not a great Star Trek movie, but watchable.
Rated 16 Aug 2014
7
57th
First Contact feels like 'The Wrath of Khan' of the Next Generation run. Some would argue that this films predecessor Generations didn't do the Next Generation TV series justice. But this is a worthy and incredibly entertaining Star Trek feature film. The Borg are great villains and the score is one of the best of the series. This was the peak for the Next Genereration films and the cast, characters, plot, action, humour and overall enjoyment make this a well rounded Star Trek adventure.
Rated 01 Aug 2012
4
91st
Like big fluffy blanket, TNG goodness.
Rated 03 May 2014
50
46th
Vastly overrated Star Trek film but then again I hate TNG. Terrible inconsistencies with the Zephram Cochrane character from TOS. I guess I'm just a purest...
Rated 18 Dec 2006
50
11th
I tried to watch it but really couldn't take it seriously so I gave up.
Rated 12 Nov 2016
93
78th
A-
Rated 12 Jun 2009
68
65th
One of the better ST films.
Rated 15 Jul 2009
79
40th
A nice bit of action, as well as helps shed light on a very important event in Trek lore. The best TNG era movie, in my opinion.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
40th
I'm not even a trek fan and I dig this flick. Great special effects and characters you feel like you know.
Rated 19 Oct 2007
85
68th
Prolly one of the best Star Trek movies, right after Wrath of Khan.
Rated 29 Oct 2020
49
36th
I guess below average TNG, but with better special effects gets a 49 from me.
Rated 29 Apr 2009
85
54th
Enjoyable, and gave me hope for the new guys to make some good movies.
Rated 31 Jul 2007
69
44th
Pretty good (much better than the previous film) as Treck films go. Was nice to see a final stand against the borg. Also, pretty cool to see how man reached the stars. Also, a very dark picard in this movie.
Rated 06 Aug 2022
83
51st
Frakes isn’t quite skilled enough to make the Borg terrifying enough, nor can he shoot a combat sequence very well, but he does understand pacing and energy, and First Contact is a well-wrought Trek adventure.
Rated 19 Jul 2008
70
36th
WTF on the picture... An OK installment of the Star Trek movie series, but just a little better than the stupid whale one.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
57th
A good expansion of the franchise, and the first contact mentioned in the title made me very emotional. The Borg are excellently creepy, and Picard is always wonderful to watch.
Rated 16 Jun 2012
89
67th
Good action, bad Star Trek
Rated 13 Apr 2007
80
68th
Fun. James Cromwell as Zefram Cochrane is a hoot
Rated 10 Aug 2008
80
70th
My favorite of the Star Trek movies...although I am a Next Generation fan.
Rated 06 Oct 2009
60
10th
The best bad Star trek film.
Rated 14 Jan 2011
80
73rd
A pretty pedestrian time travel plot device, an essentially uninteresting and one dimensional James Cromwell and a few weak points with overly cliche dialogue... Despite these factors this film is well done and more than entertaining. What they got right was the creepiness of the Borg, Picard's and Data's stories woven into the main plot and executing both a stand-alone film and addition to the Star Trek franchise.
Rated 25 Sep 2020
40
13th
Quite boring. Not a lot of drama and a lot which doesn't make sense. I mean, as soon as Time Travel was brought into it (like 5 minutes in), the plot basically went out the window. And this is supposedly the best Star Trek movie.
Rated 14 Mar 2012
60
72nd
"I am Borg" seems to be a contradiction to the whole idea of being a borg, but if they're all just ants then who makes the decisions? I suppose I could ask the same about ants. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the movie. I'm sure I'll watch it again in a few years.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
76
67th
Meh. It works. Star Trek films can't beat some of the better two-part episodes, though.
Rated 15 Nov 2008
40
44th
Its one of those films you never admit to have seen.
Rated 19 Jul 2009
90
73rd
The best TNG movie by far and also one of the best Star Trek movies overall. Maybe not the customary TNG morale tale, but a very entertaining action flick.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
43
36th
A Star Trek movie that isn't absolute garbage, go tell your friends.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
44th
My favourite star trek film. The borg are great as the bad guys and provide plenty of great action.
Rated 17 Jul 2009
74
50th
Decent action film that doesn't get too bogged down by typical Star Trek cliches.
Rated 02 Oct 2008
85
84th
The best TNG movie of the Star Trek movies.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
85
86th
A great entry (the only good entry) for the Next Generation. The new Enterprise is really cool.
Rated 17 Jan 2010
70
56th
This Star Trek fan favorite hasn't aged all that well. The special effects weren't that great back in '96 but they look terrible now. The borg cube looks like a pretty obvious model on a green screen background. The story is alright but James Cromwell's "hip" eccentric character acting is played out and it reminds you of how many bit roles like this he's been in other films in the last 10 years. Overall, it's a decent film for Star Trek.

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