Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-D find themselves at odds with the renegade scientist Soran who is destroying entire star systems. Only one man can help Picard stop Soran's scheme...and he's been dead for seventy-eight years.
It really made me laugh, but for some moments I was tearing up because I could relate so much.
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A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
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what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
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You see, Picard never actually left the Ribbon is my theory. Since it was Picard's ideal to save the planet and the Enterprise etc. - that's exactly what the Ribbon gave him. It's never really explained how they leave the Ribbon; they're on horseback on second they trot into a flash of light and... then the next scene they're on the Planet with Soren (where happened to the horses. It fits that Kirk (also still being in the Ribbon) needs to die in Picard's universe because, as long as Picard believes Kirk is dead, there is no clash or paradox. Kirk probably immediately went back to chopping wood after he 'died' on Veridian 3. Everything that happens afterword - Borg, etc. is all Picard's illusion in the Ribbon. There's a free book idea for you... just give me 10%
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I've just got off the heels of talking about the reboot films and I don't think they're as worth watching as the original stuff. While this does have problems in terms of story, it can sometimes get pretty interesting. The plot is that Kirk saves people from an anomaly in space before seemingly dying. 78 years later Captain Picard saves scientists from an attack where they seemingly left. Turns out the link between them that wasn't on the previous shows is Doctor Sorrin played by Malcolm McDowell, an alien who can live up to 300 years who will do anything and everything to get back into The Nexus, a place where the ultimate fantasies of anyone who enters it come true but any ship that enters it gets severely damaged at best, being that it's coming back he decides to altar the gravity and thereby it's path by imploding suns, killing at least trillions. It's up to Picard (and eventually Kirk) to stop Sorrin and put things right. If there's any complaints it would be that the story... lapses. Picard in this has to deal with being the last of them after his brother and family die in a fire... I've only watched the first season of TNG but the way it's done is so... rushed I didn't even know he had a brother. The same thing can be said for the climax of the movie wherein it's established Time doesn't exist in The Nexus so they can hop to anywhere at anytime so they go back to the time before Sorrin entered the Nexus, I don't know if this contradicts how time travel in Star Trek works but why not go back to the first sun he wiped out or the other lives he put in jeopardy in Kirk's time? And shouldn't there be 2 Picard's at the confrontation then? It also does seem unbalanced because Kirk really is barely in this or is any other cast member of the original series. So if you want that then this doesn't really deliver. This is a lot better than the newer films I've seen so far so I might recommend watching it if you're a fan of the older stuff but for me personally, if you want to see a better Next Generation film, watch First Contact or if you like the original series either Wrath Of Khan or The Undiscovered Country.
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After Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was made, everyone had to be feeling that The Next Generation crew had to given their chance, especially after how successful the aforementioned film had been. And while I understand the excitement behind combining the two Enterprise captains, Kirk and Picard, it was a highly unnecessary step in passing the baton to the new crew.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. 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. The Nexus is hardly a sinister problem since it provides so much comfort to those who fall in it (and can seemingly get out of easily). The main villain in this film is played by Caligula himself, Malcolm McDowell, who definitely brings a sinister edge to Dr. Soran. But his motivations to return to the Nexus are unremarkable aside from the fact that he clearly believes in "the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many," a truly poor choice of words from Kirk back in Search for Spock.The drama is mainly lacking in this film and it never requires the viewer to consider moral issues, like a great Trek story should, since the Nexus has almost no bearing in our real world. Yes, it can be unwise to constantly reminisce and dwell in the past or what could have been, but that usually does not have a widespread impact on society. The moment when Kirk and Picard meet is enjoyable for long-time fans of Star Trek, but The Next Generation crew has enough clout of its own, not needing the reins of Trek to be passed on to them by Kirk in this movie. Now, give this crew their very own film and see what happens Some final thoughts: It was disappointing that the audience was shown which characters from the original crew in the opening credits, taking away from the hopeful suspense of seeing old friends. And were we really supposed to believe that Ferris Bueller's friend would ever get promoted to captain of the Enterprise? While, I'm sure Shatner thought Kirk's heroic death was a fitting end to the character, we were already given a perfect ending for him in the previous film. And Picard's crew really has too much time on its hands to spend so much of it in the Holodeck.*My film rating follows the soccer player rating measure of 6 as a baseline: you did what was expected of you. This film is a 6 because it gave us generic Star Trek intrigue, but lacked the villain and plot to really captivate the audience. The Next Generation crew rose up to the occasion, but were held back by being forced to take the baton from Kirk & Co.
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Sometimes a franchise and its characters have run its course to a point where new faces and fresh ideas are needed. Though the Star Trek franchise as a whole was at a high in 1994 with two acclaimed TV series airing and the films coming off a great finale in 'The Undiscovered Country', to me, 'Generations' wasn't the proper next step to take.Sure, it's hard to let go of beloved characters, but 'The Undiscovered Country' felt like the perfect send off for all of the original cast members, including Captain Kirk. Nonetheless he was brought back to past the torch to the next crew to man the Enterprise. Of course, that group being the cast from The Next Generation. Which is exactly where the film has most of its problems.Attempting to balance both timelines, Kirks being 75 years or so earlier, and Captain Picard's (Patrick Stewart) being present day, sometimes the film feels jumbled and bunched together. In other words, there's plenty of set up with the main antagonist played by Malcom McDowell, but the pay-off takes a great deal of time and exposition to get to. It's a much different universe, but Star Wars did an impeccable job blending both casts into The Force Awakens, so that's more along the lines of what I was hoping for.With all that being said, the new cast from the TV series definitely deserve their own individual film (which is obviously what they got a few years later). It's impossible to top the original crew, but there's enough personalities and likable characters, including Stewart's stern but sympathetic Picard.As far as the actual plot itself goes, it pretty much follows the same Star Trek formula, except for the trippy Nexus sequence where Picard and Kirk are stuck in a time loop. It's the most talked about and controversial scenes from the film, and for good reason. I don't necessarily think the sequence works the way it supposed to, but it is where we end up getting the most emotional pay off. So overall, Generations is a middle of the road Star Trek adventure, but at the very least, it gives the new crew some time to shine.+Picard & Kirk+Nexus+Beautiful score-Choppy first half-Formulaic6.3/10