Star Trek: First Contact (1996) - Action, Adventure, Drama

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The Borg travel back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.

IMDB: 7.6
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes
Length: 111 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 26 out of 299 found boring (8.69%)

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However, I am OUTRAGED by the complete alteration of the character of Zephram Cochrane, presumably to make him more entertaining and appealing to modern (brainless?

Alas, my terminal boredom with Trek only remains after yawning my way through this mishmash.

The tone of the film is exciting, menacing, funny and moving at all of the right moments.

But his vision becomes clouded by his intense hatred of the borg.

It's much more exciting when you actually feel unsure as to how things are going to turn out.

Well worth watching.

I found the reinterpretation here of Cochrane bordering on cliché scripting - the re-used 'loser-turnaround-to-redeem-himself' plot; this type of story always makes me wonder how a guy who is out-of-his-mind drunk half the time manages to out-think all the clear-headed scientists.

Enjoyable and fun .

The Borg's invasion of the Enterprise is gripping stuff.

Jerry Goldsmith's rousing score nicely accompanies the action and the final minutes even manage to deliver a sense of awe that the best of science fiction aspire to.

Honestly, however, the plot is still a bit derivative--the idea of time traveling to restore the present is a staple of the original series, in such episodes as the City on the Edge of Forever and Tomorrow Was Yesterday.

With a firm plot, fresh directing, and stunning visuals, "First Contact" is an exciting film.

What is so fascinating about the Borg?

Still an enjoyable sci-fi adventure for non-fans and a minor classic for Trekkies.

Gene Roddenberry always spoke of star trek as, "A show that uses the medium of the future to speak about the present" This movie has remained true to Gene's vision and has created a tense and thrilling movie in the process.

Star Trek: First Contact breaks from this tradition by producing a sharp, fast paced action film that never relents from beginning to end.

These factors aside, it's a great plot idea and an entertaining movie.

The fascinating part of this very good show was the conflict between the Borg, who are great villains, and the humans.

A definite improvement over the last rather dull film, a basic story which is more savage and quite dark in places, although not too extreme of course.

Suitable for family viewing , it's an entertaining adventure which young and old men will enjoy .

This is probably the best of the 'Star Trek' films; the story is really good and there is plenty of varied, exciting action.

*yawn* Another borg story .

Of course the good guys win, but it's very exciting to see how they do it.

In countless episodes of the original series and in the last movie, Picard was just too stiff and dull.

The Borg sets are awesome, and even occasionally operatic, such as the stunning opening shot of a Borg Hive.

He too was the only one that could stand up to a captain on the edge of insanity.

It is very exciting and it moves very well.

The result is a film that is by turns thrilling,intelligent,ironic,gentle,noble,funny and even majestic,though the last part could be as much a result of the underrated score by longtime composer Jerry Goldsmith.

It's a film terrified to pause for breath in case the easily distracted fall asleep.

"Star Trek: First Contact" is a great film for the Star Trek franchise as it offered a lot of tense, suspenseful moments, as well as the return of the best "Next Generation" enemies: The Borg.

It is a proper movie, not an episode stretched to feature length; the stakes are high, and this has plenty of tension, cool battles and exciting sequences.

All that aside, this film is great as it is a very well rounded experience with some good acting performances and a well rounded plot that is both emotional and features some intense action sequences.

Just enjoyable!

Others have done a masterful job in spelling out the details of this episode, so I will just say that there is a complexity and a totality to this that makes it utterly exciting science fiction.

Insurrection was a great movie because of its plot(despite some confusing aspects).

Along with the fantastic metaphor with Earth's political history, an exciting plot, the best special effects and performances from Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner that are second to nobody First Contact does not only have the makings of a box office hit it is an iconic film in relation to Russia during the mid twentieth century.

In this film, the Next Generation crew is reunited with the Borg (whom, perhaps with the exception of Klingons, are the most compelling villain race in the Star Trek cannon).

Formulaic sci-fi .

Worth watching, just try to ignore the plot holes .

Though it lacks the theatricality of the best of the Original Series films like 'Wrath of Khan', 'First Contact' is a well made and thoroughly entertaining chapter in the adventures of Jean Luc Picard and his crew.

The director's nickname of "Two Takes Frakes" perhaps indicates the level of complacency involved, though he does chalk up a very exciting scene on the saucer of the Enterprise.

Most of the movie is so intense, so action-filled and so well-acted that it is a joy to behold.

This story is not as engrossing as the Borg, but James Cromwell's acting as warp-speed man Zefram Cochran keeps it entertaining.

It's mindless action at times and when it's not, it's dull and boring.

And personally, I think that this was Alice Krige's best role ever; "Chariots of Fire" was basically pro-western propaganda.

Re-introducing the Borg was a good choice as the conflict with the Klingons seemed to be getting a bit tiresome.

Director Jonathan Frakes does a great job here, some truly engaging action scenes, in particular, the floatilla of Starships battling the Borg cube.

I hate to say it, but this is one of the more pointless Trek films.

All in all, the story itself is well written, and the acting on behalf of the thespians is good, solid and even rousing.

Overall, First Contact works so well because the good writing, performances and philosophical questions are bound up in a compelling story that balances high drama, humour and human interest.

Some good F/X, but all in all a mundane addition to the previous trek movies.

From the spectacular opening space battle to the phaser fights and the hand-to-hand combat, this is easily the most thrilling Trek adventure to date, and it's an added bonus it's also the most ingeniously plotted.

But if you're looking for an entertaining sci-fi movie, this movie is certainly worth a look.

The "action" scenes with the Borg are appropriately eerie and suspenseful.

Commander Data his actions became increasing intriguing.

We want the filmmakers to show us the story, not explain it to us, and in many incidences the characters end up explaining the plot to us in clunky, hard-to-follow subtext.

The ugliness of the Borgs is luxuriant,fascinating and expressive.

It is amusing to watch , reliably entertaining for fans and Trekkies are sure to love it , resulting to be one of the best science-fiction follow-up of all time .

Reading through the comments, I have noted comments from people who enjoyed it as a sci-fi action movie in its own right.

Exciting, well-written and full of wonderful fun--that's why I really liked this movie.

Then, by engaging their warp plasma generator, they could have instituted a temporal wake of chronometric particles that might have led the Enterprise crew on an interplanetary wild goose chase, thereby giving them the ability to complete their mission.

The action scenes are exceptionally thrilling, largely due to the Borg's ability to become impervious to phasers.

I also think that the sequence outside the ship with the deflector dish didn't work out very well, much too slow and improbable.

It was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it!


Largely that's true: this is a glossy, superficial, cheesy and dull actioner that's the furthest a Star Trek movie has been from the original vision.

Watching Picard chase down his nemesis is entertaining.

People seem to have mixed comments on this one, but I rather enjoyed it.

Intense Drama and just enough Levity !

Only 'Star Trek' could take a concept like this and make it so dull.

When I first saw this film in the theater, I found it thrilling, exciting, and any other positive emotions.

I bailed out of "Next Generation" halfway through the first episode because I was bored to death and never watched another one again.

With dazzling special effects, wonderful dialogue,an excellent score, an exciting plot, important messages and captivating action sequences.

The standout sequence, a battle on the hull of the Enterprise, is a lengthy, suspenseful action setpiece, and perhaps the best sequence of the entire franchise.

Star Trek: Generations was a very enjoyable first outing for the Trek crew on the big screen, a promising start for what would hopefully lead to even bigger and better things.

Who decided that Trek movies are now relegated to pointless fun and silly jokes and set pieces?

Borg looked stunning and all cyborgs did work out fine.

The usual faces are all back in fine form with Patrick Stewart giving a fantastic performance as a Picard caught between his mission and his vengeance while Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and LeVar Burton clearly relish the chance to portray their characters' confusion and fascination with twenty-first century Earth and meeting Earth's greatest scientist Zefram Cochrane, the man who would revolutionise light speed capability for starships in the Trek-verse.

They're so concerned with being some kind of perfect or superior race but they're ugly and slow, they even let their adversaries walk right past them.

The 'Star Trek' franchise suffers from often poor special effects, often tedious moments and corny dialogue that are only very limited in 'Wrath of Khan' and 'First Contact' The Borg were extremely interesting and intense villains and the Klingon Worf was extremely well done in the film.

While the Borg invasion of the Enterprise is my favorite portion of the movie, there is still an entertaining secondary story playing out on Earth's surface (Montana, to be precise) where Riker and his away team assist soon-to-be-famous Zefram Cochrane in repairing his warp ship and continuing to make first contact with the Vulcans.

This action packed good vs.

It has two great points: the excellent performance of Patrick Stewart and an interesting and entertaining script that shows us how was the first contact of the human race with beings from another planet, as well as the way the Warp engine was invented.

I never considered myself a Trekkie but seeing a few episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation, the riveting Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country and the somewhat decent Star Trek Nemesis, I wanted to give this a try.

The dive into Borg psyche was deep and at the time, unexpected.

Kirk, who acts in violence, disobey orders, and have pointless action scenes.

Spectacular, exciting , fast-paced , thrilling this is the description of this new outing of Star Trek , following two concurrent threads .

I found the Zephram Cochrane in this movie much more exciting to watch than the bland version played by Glenn Corbett in an episode of the original series.

The Borgs were attacking Earth so they can assimilation them, but this is where the plot get confusing.

There are also some entertaining cameos by characters from the other Trek series.

Of course, what results is a predictable story "slaughter the borg, win the game".

The most compelling thing here is supposed to be Picard's internal personal anger toward the Borg, similar to Khan's toward Kirk in the second entry.

It's fascinating, simply fascinating, but not a masterpiece by any definition.

The action is simply thrilling, and while some characters are underused there is still some interesting character development and interaction, namely a more conflicted Picard (in a way that's reminiscent of Captain Ahab), the scene between him and Lily and Data and the Borg Queen.

The plot on earth works wonders simply because of James Cromwell's portrayal of Zephram Cochrane - his character and his story are compelling.

It's boring for the fans.

I did try to watch some of the older movies a while back, but found them to be incredibly dull and/or incredibly silly and usually didn't bother to watch them to the end.

Imagine my surprise when I was not only to actually finish watching this movie, but also found it very entertaining.

Let me first say that I used to (somewhat of) a Star Trek fan, but ultimately I got tired of it, basically because I watched reruns of "Voyager" every day and found them to be very repetitive.

James Crowmell is a magnificent actor with charisma to spare, and even those unfamiliar with Captain Picard will find Patrick Stewart's performance convincing and intriguing.

As such to viewer who is not familiar with the Star Trek franchise, it can be a little confusion.

Even my sister, who's not a Trek fan at all, enjoyed it a lot.

I nearly walked out of this movie when I saw it in theaters, and the only reason I didn't was because the tickets on which I'd gone to see it were free from a local radio station.

While I favor 1994's "Generations" to "First Contact" because of the fascinating story elements, e.

And when a movie can do that, you know it's worth watching.

The Film has a story (sometimes lacked in action packed movies), action and best of all a sound core of talented actors.

With Patrick Stewart's riveting performance and Brent Spiner's excellent portrayal of Data, the movie also boasts compelling drama, an element lacking in most other entries.

The opening space-battle is breathtaking.

It's absolutely stunning and totally amazing.

Movie A is dark and exciting.

Sound is an incredibly inefficient means of communication, it is slow, it cannot travel across long distances or across space (which raises the question of how do they hear external sounds on the enterprise?

McCarthy's score to Generations was very boring.

Throughout his experience after being captured he is engaged in an intriguing internal battle that really can't be given justice with words.

It's so unlike most of his serious dull roles that mostly follow his career.

All of this is wrapped up with fantasy, danger and excitement in a very entertaining package.

I had seen "First Contact" when it came out in theaters, and I remembered that I really enjoyed it.

The Best of Both Worlds was a truly stunning two-parter.

First Contact is also one of the darkest of the Star Trek films, and it works well as the pacing picks up and the film gets more and more intense to the point where you are on the edge of your seat.

While trying to stop the Borg from changing the entire course of human space travel (the main plot of the film), Picard must balance his intense hatred of the one-eyed automatrons with the safety and well-being of himself, his crew, and the entire human race.

This was my first time ever seeing a Star Trek video and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is indeed an exciting space adventure where well-loved (TV series) characters are portrayed with incisive detail and permitted to develop further, especially Jean-Luc's transient resemblance of Captain Ahab.

It's exciting, suspenseful, and at times funny; I can't think of a single moment where I found myself bored with the film.

First Contact uses much of the same elements that made the previous quality Star Trek films (2, 4, & 6) enjoyable.

This film is a 9 because First Contact keeps the viewer on the edge of the seat for any scene involving the Borg.

Well worth watching , essential and indispensable seeing for Trekkies .

I know the Time Travel thing is a pretty bland idea, but overall this was quite an enjoyable film.

One of the more enjoyable films in the franchise its worth a look.

Unfortunately, these scenes switch to rather dull and sleep inducing scenes of the next generation crew helping a guy create the first warp engine.

But the idea of going in the past was way boring...

Bringing Jerry Goldsmith back was a good move, and he and his son Joel produce a score that's rousing, haunting, menacing, melancholic and sometimes even pastoral.

This thoroughly entertaining movie is probably the best of the Star Trek movie series, thanks to a fast pace and a complex plot which throws in a number of different ingredients into the brew and keeps things moving at a speed, without ever becoming too technical or confusing.

But the business about following the Borg back in time and making sure mankind discovers warp drive was boring.

This film elevates itself from being just another money - making sequel to an entertaining science-fiction film with a well - articulated message.

Then again, such blundering thought processes are at the core of First Contact - the first Star Trek entry up to this 1996 point to which I did not necessarily take, a bland and ill-thought through piece with a distinct lack of sense applied to a delicate situation, one might say neatly summarising the overall application of film-making to the project as a whole.

HOWEVER, I came to see this movie because it was Star Trek, and if I hadn't gotten my tickets for free (and therefore, my protests were virtually meaningless), I'd've walked out of the theater.

There's still plenty of good material, much of it involving Data, whose conversations with the Borg Queen are intriguing and often funny.

After the dire Generations - the worst movie in the whole franchise - the previous problems have been greatly improved.

"First Contact" is one of the greatest entertaining popular movies of the '90s.

the interior of the E is stunning, drawing from a lot of organic shapes.

The film is fast paced, and jumps into the plot almost immediately.

It is action packed, filled with decent visual effects, clearly plotted, and supplies a threatening villain.

Nonetheless, the elements are recombined pretty effectively, and the movie is exciting.

There's something about the denizens of the Next Generation that are too smug, too anorakky, and far, far too banal.

Highly entertaining entry in the Star Trek Universe.

With a stunning performance by Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, and Alice Kriege, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Although admittedly a commercial venture playing off other science fiction films such as "The Terminator", "Aliens", and Leonard Nemoy's "Star Trek IV", "Star Trek: First Contact" creates an adventure that is enjoyable and exciting.

Everything was stunning.

The plot involving Zefram Cochran's forced quest to achieve warp speed might be unnecessary, but still makes for an intriguing look into how humanity changed for the better.

With the exception of Star Trek:The Motion Picture(for which I've yet to see more than a half hour of),I've seen all of the Movies based on the wildly popular (to put it MILDLY) TV Series,and I have to say that this movie has to be clearly one of the most entertaining and compelling of the bunch.

To me, Troi, Riker and Beverly were always rather pretentious and unrealistic, and I always thought, man why would I want to sit through two hours of this stuff?

The film breaks into two stories, each entertaining.

Yawn, Yawn, Yawn .

After the relative disappointment of Star Trek : Generations, the Star Trek crew bounce back with this rather entertaining interstellar adventure.

Also the supporting characters are interesting to watch, especially Alfre Woodard's highly expressive eyework and intense dialogue with the Capt.

They were too dull and slow.

Patrick Stewart is always compelling as Captain Picard who leads the battle against Borg forces as well as rescue Data.

It had some enjoyable character moments and was well acted for the most part.

And throughout the writers weave in clever ideas and concepts and give full SCI-FI moments like, I couldn't even believe it, Picard and Warf and that other guy going out with Zero-G space suits on to the ship to stop some thing-a-ma-bob from going off that the Borg's setting up, and that transported me to a direct place in science fiction cinema too - that slow-speed and all the more intense for it act of doing something in space where if you lose your grip on the ground you'll float away to death.

First Contact is exciting sci-fi action and a must see, even if you aren't a fan of Star Trek.

Furthermore a colorful and evocative cinematography by Matthew F Leonetti .

You'll probably get more out of this if you are familiar with "Star Trek", but even if you're not, you're in for an intriguing and absorbing ride.

Each story is just as compelling as the other, with Worf providing the bulk of the action, Data adding more emotional conflict, and Riker/Geordi/Troi pushing the main plot forward as well as adding doses of humor.

The story progresses at a breathtaking pace, and from the first 10 minutes when the Enterprise is locked in a life-and-death struggle with one of the best villains in all of sci-fi history (the Borg), to a perfect ending; there isn't a wasted or redundant moment.

Really, the only series that was truly worth watching was TNG.

Very action filled despite the usual slow-moving series that the characters come from.

His direction brings a great science-fiction story to life that is genuinely thought-provoking, emotionally moving and highly entertaining.

It's a good thing that the filmmakers have figured out that a movie requires the greatest villains and the Borg is definitely one of the most compelling.

What's so interesting, really, about hanging out in a ramshackle community of drunkards - particularly when the stuff happening aboard the Enterprise is so much more compelling?

The abundant action sequences are tense and exciting.

Other than that it was a well made movie and quite entertaining.

It completely demystifies them, makes them more human, when what made them so compelling is that they are so completely inhuman.


Patrick Stewart gives his most intense and moving performance of all the 'Next Generation' films, and still has the commanding presence and the dignified gravitas.

First Contact is simply entertaining from beginning to end.

Enjoyable mix of light TV touches and sci-fi drama .

He gets into an intense argument with Worf that almost ruins their friendship.

The cliché perspective of Star Trek from non-fans is that it a slow, boring franchise that only appeals to a hardcore fanbase.

I think it's because they had the most exciting plots combined with some great character development.

And in comparison to Khan, who was made into a great character because of the performance of Ricardo Montalban, the Borg is a merciless villain with an intriguing take on society attempting to achieve perfect unity.

Another Great journey and mission for the Enterprise star ship, The story develops very well around the heroes and the villains, Very good music, The camera movements are convenient, The pace and timing was developing in a very appropriate manner not too fast, not too slow, You pass through a happy and worry feelings and some thrilling while watching the movie, I liked the idea of free will, also the idea of Appreciating the iconic characters and events of the past, Nice costumes, The characters was well convincing, Captain Picard "Patrick Stewart", Lily "Alfre Woodard" performances was adorable, Data "Brent Spiner" was awesome.


A strong and ruthless villain, intriguing concepts about the progress of society and cooperation, literary allusions (Captain Ahab, again!

Seriously, First contact is boring, it's not big enough for a movie.

If you want cool Borg stuff, check out the Next Generation TV series, where this alien race was dealt with in much more engaging and realistic plot lines that did not rely on character manipulation for effect.

The first movie spin-off from the Star Trek: Next Generation franchise felt like simply an extended double episode that was made for the big screen, and in a way I got the same impression with this film as well, even though I did enjoy it and enjoyed it somewhat the second time around.

The film is well-paced, exciting, and even a bit creepy.

On the contrary,it is thrilling,broad,interesting epic,intense and intelligent.