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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

The Borg go 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.

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The time is the 24th century and the ship is the newly-commissioned Enterprise-E. Its captain, Jean-Luc Picard, has been ordered not to interfere in a battle between a Borg Cube and ships from the Federation. However, seeing the Federation is about to lose, Picard ignore his orders and takes command of the defending fleet. With his knowledge of the Cube's weak spot, they destroy it. However, a small part of it escapes and plots a course directly for Earth. The Enterprise chases it and enters a time distortion created by the Borg. They end up in the mid-21st century, and their only chance of stopping the Borg from assimilating Earth is to help Zefram Cochrane make his famous first faster-than-light travel to the stars. Written by Marc-André Deschênes <imer@videotron.ca>

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Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi adventure violence | See all certifications »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,716,131 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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$92,001,027 (USA) (28 March 1997)
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The display cases in the Enterprise's briefing room contain gold models of all six Federation starships to bear the name Enterprise, prior to the introduction of Star Trek: Enterprise's NX-01, which debuted 5 years after the release of this film. See more »

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When Picard walks around the ship with Lily and she asks how big the ship is, Picard says it has 24 decks. But about 6 minutes earlier in the movie, Lieutenant Daniels tells Worf that the Borg have control over "decks 26 up to 11". The film's text commentary suggests several possible explanations for this inconsistency, including the idea that decks 25 and 26 were top secret, so Picard had to mislead Lily in case the Borg assimilates her. It's also possible that decks aren't numbered in a sequence, so that a ship with 24 decks can actually have deck 26. However, no convincing explanation exists. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile.
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One of the best sci-fi movies ever!
15 November 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This is one of the two best Star Trek movies ever made (the other being "Wrath of Khan"). Everything about this film is superb.... acting, set design, special effects, plot, and action. 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. This is a film that both trekkers and non-trekkers can enjoy because the film explains enough about the back-story to get non-fans up to speed, and does it in a way that will keep the fans interest (check out the excellent opening sequence that introduces Picard's first encounter with the Borg and explains much of his implacable and obsessive attitude towards them throughout the film).

In addition to fine performances from the crew (highlighted as always by Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard), the supporting cast is more than equal to the task. Its too bad that the crew didn't bring Alfre Woodward back home with them........ she's one of the very few actors/actresses in Star Trek history who have been able to match Patrick Stewart's personality, acting skills, and histrionics. Also, I thought I detected a touch of romance between the two that could have been further developed at another time.

James Cromwell makes a perfect Zefrem Cochrane. It was a humorous touch to portray him as somewhat of an anti-hero, in contrast to the god-like reverence with which the characters in the film viewed him from a distance of 300 years.

The protagonists in the film, the Borg, have never looked more dangerous. I'm glad that this film returned them to their "roots", unlike their last few appearances in the television series in which they were becoming a little too domesticated.

This is a film to savor for any science fiction fan. 9.5/10.0 !


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