Star Trek: Generations (1994) - Action, Adventure, Mystery

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With the help of long presumed dead Captain Kirk, Captain Picard must stop a deranged scientist willing to murder on a planetary scale in order to enter a space matrix.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: David Carson
Stars: Patrick Stewart, William Shatner
Length: 118 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 41 out of 277 found boring (14.8%)

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The Vulcans are elves who are also (very) boring.

Overall this was fun despite being messy at times as events are contrived to bring the two famous captains together.

But, this is what happens when you put together a film as modified by fans - you get a fan film - exciting in many ways, quite illogical in others.

As it is, the movie is at best entertaining and at its worst, almost indifferent to the original cast.

Besides this, there are multiple highlights (some SPOILERS follow): The usual Trek humor, Data's amusing experiences with the emotion chip, Malcolm McDowell's outstanding performance as the Soran, his believable obsession and justifications, B'Etor & Lursa and their "wild bunch" Klingons, the startling obliteration of them and their vessel, the thrilling crash-landing of the Enterprise-D, the meeting of Kirk and Picard in the Nexus, the final showdown with Soran and Kirk's death.

Not a great film, not bad either, just fun and enjoyable.

Shatner and Stewart also have some great interactions that I found fun and enjoyable to watch.

An engaging adventure with exciting action and an interesting story.

It doesn't help that Scotty and Chekov, despite the performances of both James Doohan and Walter Koenig, are written so bland they could have been played by anybody (and indeed were originally intended to be Spock and McCoy, the latter explaining why Chekov rather randomly asks about the Enterprise B medical staff and then goes to sick bay).

Contrived but Entertaining .

I was immersed in the story which was fairly good especially when you take into account the things that were done to appeal to original TOS Trekkie's.

With strong acting, tense action scenes, powerful music, intense plot and a movie that gives you that feel of Star Trek this is your filmI give Star Trek Generations an 9 out of 10

The destruction of the Enterprise is really dramatic, gripping, and one hell of a ride.

A lackluster third act, hurts an otherwise enjoyable first voyage into motion picture territory for the crew of the Enterprise-D .

Wonderful music by Dennis McCarthy and some impressive visual effects by ILM help to make this a reasonably entertaining series entry.

But it was pretty pointless.

Granted I enjoy seeing Patrick Stewart in other roles as he is a very enjoyable actor to watch, I just do not like him all that much as Picard.

And besides, Star Trek: Generations is a pretty stodgy story at best.

Many humorous moments (like most Star Trek movies) appear, especially in the first scenes as Kirk is made to feel old (the captain of the new Enterprise mentions having read about Kirk in history books); and, of course, unexpected events occur on an unprepared ship with a minimal crew.

The arrogance of the studio and producers faulted this film down to the marrow, but there is still a lot in there which is entertaining, especially the ethereal atmosphere inside the Nexus.

The Enterprise D and it's emergency landing made a much better action sequence that was far better and more intriguing.

" I enjoyed it then, and now, after seeing episodes the show, I believe it does an acceptable job of transferring the characters from television to screen.

The imagery in the film was rather unique and intriguing, and I really enjoyed how the story brought out Picard's fears of being the last of his line (a fear that I have, as well).

Great action, humor, and special effects helped carry this rather confusing story to a higher level.

The opening is a solid, exciting sequence, where an undermanned Enterprise has to go on a rescue mission and Kirk having to resume command of the Enterprise, something he had done in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and has some nice little character moments like Kirk touching the Captain's chair longing to get back into action.

Some will argue that it is superfluous, and most would probably agree that it is exceedingly slow and frankly boring in spite of its decent screenplay and somewhat fresh plot.

It is also incredible that the long-awaited meeting of the captains was presented in a such a slow-moving, pedestrian vehicle.

This all plays out cleverly, intertwined with humor and subplots such as Commander Data, an android, who desires to be more human, two Klingons who want to get even with Star Fleet and an exciting crash landing by the Enterprise.

Its primary difficulty, aside from the controversial subject matter, is the fact that it suffers from very poor pacing and an excess of very slow scenes.

The writing of this movie was obvious and ponderous.

There's a distinct lack of thrilling spectacle as well, which just compounds the aura of lameness.

And the fate of the Enterprise seemed more than pointless to me.

The plot is a rather confusing and rambling one.

I would have enjoyed it better if the McDowell character had some henchman protecting him (instead of the lame force field )and if our two captains had to defeat those villains with a combo of brain and brawn.

The whole movie was slow, dull and uninteresting.

Both are credible and enjoyable in the film.

But, it actually works to the film's favor, establishing a darkly ironic tone for the usually level, sometimes bland Trek universe.

From the moment Picard beams down to a rocky desert-planet, it's a total waste of your time.

Here we have a series dedicated to reaching out into the galaxy and finding out what lies beyond and this movie whittles down to the oldest cliché in the book.

From there, we get a slow sequence of Picard trying to convince Kirk to return to reality to help him battle Soran and it just drags on.

However, I also found that too much of the film is somewhat dull.

Around halfway through the film, the movie is running at an exciting pace: the Enterprise-D is under attack from a Klingon Bird-of-Prey that has found a means around it's shields and Picard is battling Soran to the end on the surface of Veridian III.

This has pretty solid FX, and it is genuinely exciting, and at its best, engaging.

Although the Nexus has been criticized as a mere gimmick to get Kirk and Picard together, I find the concept utterly fascinating: No matter how much we want it, an illusory paradise is just that, an illusion.

Emotional death scenes suck, and it made the film perfunctory or formulaic in my eyes, trying to fix what wasn't broke in the first place.

Very watchable, entertaining and true to Star Trek.

Generations has its quality moments: Kirk unease with the struggling new Enterprise captain, the always enjoyable give-and-take between LaForge and Data, the acting chops of Patrick Stewart, Riker's turn to lead an astro-naval battle against Klingons, and state-of-the-art visual effects.

i say almost because there are some moments where i felt it dragged and lost momentum.

Seeing Picard and Kirk work and fight together is enjoyable.

In the end, I came away feeling that the movie was rather empty.

Entertaining send-off for Captain Kirk.

It's not real bad, but this film is overlong and runs a little slow at times.

This was alright, it could have used more of Picard and Kirk together, and I wish they had somehow worked Scotty and Chekov into it more somehow, but over all-entertaining, a decent start up for the newbies on the big screen.

It was sad and compelling to watch and something I never really noticed when I was 13.

He brings an intense, even psychotic focus to the character.

If you can get past the mixed timelines/story and enjoy the good sides of this film, it is still an enjoyable movie with some hidden surprises.

There is a mix of brassy pomp (like the fanfare in Kirk and Picard's first encounter), subtly intense mystery (the choral writing and synthesisers representing Picard's family discovery) and emotional lyricism (characterised by muted strings in Kirk's final scene).

Unfortunately leave a bad taste in our mouths and an empty place in our hearts.

so very boring, the only character I think has some interest is Worf.

BOTTOM LINE: This "passing-of-the-torch" installment requires an attention span and an appreciation for high-concept sci-fi; it will likely bore those for whom Star Trek only means neato spacecrafts and superficial space dogfights (don't get me wrong, they each have their place in Trek).

The classic crew made a rousing, emotional exit in the very satisfying THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY.

And as a fan, i thouroughly enjoyed it.

"Remember Me" portrayed the universe shrinking around a single human being, whilst others derived their kicks from their mind-bending plots ("Inner Light", "All Good Things", "Ship in a Bottle", "The City on the Edge of Forever", "Timescape", "Yesterday's Enterprise" etc).

And the slow sentimental parts of the movie takes it apart even further.

Jonathan Frakes is likable, and enjoyable to watch as Riker.

This is an entertaining entry to the Star Trek saga, and many people underrate it as far as I'm concerned.

The story is engaging.

Confusing silly scifi flik .

First and only reunion of the mythic Kirk and Picard in an exciting motion picture .

Skip this one (#7), and go right to the next one in the series, First Contact which is an action packed story and one of Star Trek's finest hours.

You have William Shatner as Kirk for the last time and Patrick Stewart appearing as Picard on film for the first time -- that is what gives the film a very exciting edge -- they have a strong chemistry.

This is a decent film, but like all Next Generation films, can be quite repetitive and leaves some of the cast (particularly the lovely McFadden) with little to do.

In addition, it's quite boring.

That was thrilling!

Turns out the bottle was 3/4's empty by then due to the draining experience of watching the film.

And its something he does with entertaining regard.

Anyway, "Star Trek: Generations" is a sappy, boring, cheesy movie of a sappy, boring and cheesy franchise, 5/10.

Patrick Stewert, shines as Picard, who is dealing with the death of his brother and nephew, and his slow decisions are the result of this tragedy.

All in all, a beautiful waste of time.


What I didn't like was, the story was dragged a bit nearing the climax, when Captain Kirk had to change his heart.

Later on comes the annoying cliché where one person tries to pull another from danger, their hands cannot reach, the second slips away, and the first can magically reach him now.

First-time film director, Dave Carson, snails his way through the exposition points about the Nexus with, not one, but two sappy and boring dream sequences in the nexus and and a long and annoying crash sequence of of the Enterprise on Veridian III that is so irritating, that it seriously rivals the boat crash in "Speed 2: Cruise control.

Lots and lots of circles, and awkward angles, alien architecture, shadows, hieroglyphs and confusing, multi-species relationships.

Stodgy end for the original crew .

Klingons, Data and a great job by Malcom Mcdowell really make this a fun and 'deep' movie, when compared to the action of First Contact and the boring offerings of Insurrection and the very dreadful Nemesis...

Sometimes entertaining, but sometimes a bit bland as well .

Putting aside the premise of locational heroin for a moment, it doesn't bode well that this is pretty much all I can remember about this dull, uninteresting film.

There is a lot of boring screen time filler scenes that simply do not serve a purpose and while the movie is redeemed by some really great scenes and some elements that make Star Trek so great.

Overall its an entertaining Movie!

And, it's interesting that the antagonist, who rebels against these declared virtues, is himself nearly immortal (Guinan's race is very long-lived); that may be why he instigated this conflict, not knowing the preciousness of a brief life.

worth watching.

In its own way the film contains accessible performances from the actors; ugly set design and overall production design work and repetitive special effects work mar the work that the actors are doing.

Many other things are confusing and unexplained like how Picard gets out of the Nexus and it never tells the viewer how much time travel actually happens in this film.

From the opening champagne bottle smash to the slow pan of the crippled ship with its gapping hole, it's a great ride and filled with great Kirk speak and writing, like allowing the rookie to make his mistakes and have Kirk keep his place until called upon for help.

Exciting, great story, and acting.

Wouldn't the original idea of having Kirk join the Enterprise-D crew have been far more exciting, heroic, and not so low-key?

The premise of the Nexus starts to seem contrived, just a plausible explanation so both characters can meet, and it raises more questions than anything else.

It has too many too boring passages (especially in the Nexus, oh my, those sequences seem to last forever).

ProsTense, exciting storyline - Brilliant, extremely tense scene where the Enterprise D is destroyed and the saucer section crashes on a planet's surface - The characters haven't changed a bit!

Personal preference aside, Generations does a fine job of delivering an engrossing tale packed with exciting action and understated humor.

The logic of the premise--even the internal logic--is dubious at best, but 'Generations' is competently directed, moderately entertaining, the cast doesn't shrink on the larger stage, and I give props for the Enterprise crash sequence, which is a pretty awesome bit of F/X work.

Danger seems contrived and random.

Their scenes, although fun and full of references that Trekkies will love, are extremely silly and unnecessarily boring and slow.

It featured too much, and Data's ridiculously over the top behaviour (which Brent Spiner badly overdoes) and the humour that came with it embarrassingly contrived didn't help at all, instead further hindrances.

This balancing act between the three characters is fascinating and I find it really involving.

**Spoiler Alert** This is the film that sees captain Kirk and Jon Luc Picard meet in a thrilling storyline that incorpirates moments like the destruction of the Enterprise(which is superbly shot),Data being given his new emotion chip(which has some very funny moments) and ultimately the meeting up of the captains which leads to the death of Kirk.

But the special effects are very good, the music score is excellent, and there are many entertaining moments throughout.

Presented with this reality where time means nothing and so does any danger, Kirk finds himself automatically feeling empty.

Which looked muddy and rushed, filled with subplots that went nowhere, cameos by assorted Next Generation personalities which distracted from the focus, and a forced sentiment that was at odds with my own feelings about the show.

Blake Edward's "Sunset"), but here there's something exciting and compelling in his eyes – it's as if he's searching desperately for something that he knows he will never find.

We meet the crew of THE NEXT GENERATION (TNG) in a tiresome sailing ship sequence that only TNG fans' mothers could love.

I suspect that some find this movie boring.

It is to he and his team's great credit that Generations comes off as good as it it; an involving adventure film with an exciting story, the required amount of conflict between a strong lead and a good villain which neatly rounds off certain members of the old crew's presence to boot.

Like Insurrection, Generations shoots itself in the foot by basing itself on a classically uninteresting premise.

But overall the film fails to captivate the viewer because of very mundane plot seemingly designed solely to bridge the gap from the Original Series crew to the Next Generation.

Why waste decent actors on a limp script based on a man above his station striving for the life-internal!

"Generations" also features three members of the Original Trekers, Captain Kirk, Scotty and Chekov, the latter two in small roles, while Kirk has a much larger role, yet his scenes, alongside Picard, are the slowest and most boring part of the film, even if they are confronting the enemy together.

I mean, it starts out pretty good, y'know with the traditional elements of a Star Trek movie: good musical score, innovative opening scenes, and an exciting feeling in the pit of your stomach.

), the death is pointless.

Definitely recommended, Generations is a good stand-alone film and makes for an enjoyable warm-up to the superb First Contact.

Whereas the final episode of Next Generation was an excellent, engaging story with a character driven plot, and could have been a good movie, "Generations" is formulaic and would have been better as a decent episode.

So they came up with the Nexus ribbon, an intriguing space/time phenomenon which mirrors the concept of the film: a wish-fulfillment dimension where/when anything goes, anything can happen.

Some information regarding the astral phenomena is interesting, while at other times it is just confusing.

Generations has a fair share of problems, but for the most part, it's a very entertaining adventure boosted by excellent special effects and good performances.

Likewise the story does have enough that's exciting, thought-provoking and compelling (even if it is bloated and unoriginal), and it's just about comprehensible (even with the Nexus stuff needing more clarity in places).

If being boring is a crime, then both Insurrection and The Motion Picture have no doubt shared a cell with Generations.

This is another highly entertaining Star Trek film that brings together two captains of the Starship Enterprise face to face: Captain Kirk and Captain Picard.

It's an immense yawner.

This new film starts off well and in familiar territory with the beloved Kirk Scotty and Chekov under pressure, but it quickly falls flat as we hesitantly hand over to the new duller greyer crew.

In all Trek's worst movie.

Star Trek Generations is enjoyable because of its blend of "heavy" ideas (what is the purpose of life anyway?

All the scenes on the planet at the climax were slow.

Lastly, although I'm not a fan of the story, the villain is great and the concept behind "the nexus" is intriguing.

The acting partly saves this confusing film.

Generations was a pointless picture that did not need to be made.

Star Trek: Generations is quite frankly a bit pointless.

Commendably Thoughtful / Viciously Boring / Superfluous .

Anyway the plot is pretty dull frankly, an odd choice of adventure, at least up until the Nexus takes Picard whilst part of the Enterprise crashes (film highlight borrowed from 'Star Trek III' perhaps?

The problem with the new generation is quite simply the new crew, Jesus they are bland!

Unfortunately it's pretty much a failure on both counts, coming across as a particularly stodgy extended TV episode.

Thankfully, the next Star Trek movie would at least be exciting, and look something like a properly big-budget film!

The main attraction for veteran fans is likely to be the prospect of Picard and Kirk teaming up for the final half hour, engaging in fisticuffs with the maniacal Soran and hurrying to prevent him from destroying a star.

This made TNG one of the most pretentious, awful and valueless shows imaginable.

But the most poignant bit of this film is in the action packed last 30 minutes where Captains Picard and his predecessor Kirk meet.

In my opinion, most of the movie is very enjoyable.

While the 'Meeting of the Captains' offers the 'strengths' of both actors (Shatner shows his signature physicality and cockiness, Stewart, as always, is quiet and intellectual), the scene feels stilted and contrived, enjoyable only when Kirk reflects on Spock and McCoy, and both Captains share a horseback ride (something Shatner had wanted to do since STAR TREK V).

McDowell is enjoyable to watch as a madman(basically, he's certain that time will eventually make us all its bitch, and it bothers him...

Other characters in the film are all rather meek and uninteresting.

The finale is intense, emotional, and in my opinion a fitting send off for Kirk.

At least Malcolm McDowell gives a decent turn as the villain, and the film's pretty entertaining when it focuses on him and Kirk; so the first half hour and the last half hour are the decent bits, and the rest is rather dull, silly, and stodgy.

Patrick Stewart is universally acknowledged as a far better actor, but seeing Shatner's screen presence is more riveting.