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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. Captain Jean-Luc Picard has been ordered not to interfere in a battle between a Borg Cube and starships from the Federation. However, seeing the Federation is about to lose, Picard ignore his orders and takes command of the defending starfleet. With his knowledge of its weak spot, they destroy the Cube, but a Borg Sphere escapes and plots a course directly for Earth. The Enterprise chases the Sphere, enters a temporal vortex created by the Borg, and arrives in the 21st century. Their only chance of stopping the Borg from assimilating Earth is to make sure that Zefram Cochrane makes 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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22 November 1996 (USA)  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$92,001,027 (USA) (28 March 1997)
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Trivia

Like "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan", 14 years earlier. The film does not use footage from Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1 and Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2 (#3.26 and #2.27) as flashbacks in order to connect the film with the 2 part episode from the TV series which the film is based on. See more »

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The pylons of Cochrane's warpship do not provide a free area of space above or below the ship to generate a warp field between the warp nacelles. Instead the pylon allow the ship's body to stand between the two warp nacelles. According to the pseudoscience of Star Trek, a warp field can not be generated under such conditions (in other words, Cochrane's ship shouldn't be able to go to warp because of its design). See more »

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[first lines]
Borg Queen: Locutus...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile.
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Temporal Wake
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Perhaps the best Star Trek film to date
29 January 2003 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Star Trek: First Contact represents, at least to me, the pinnacle of the Star Trek movie franchise. This film was, in my opinion, -by far- the best of the "next generation" outings, and perhaps the finest from the entire collection of silver-screen Treks.

The Borg, a futuristic race of half-man, half-machine cyborgs from the other side of the galaxy, try once again to conquer the Federation, by attacking it at it's very core, our beloved Earth. This time, however, the Borg have a "plan B" up their sleeve. After the destruction of their main vessel, they send a small group of Borg back in time to 2063, a time when Earth is vulnerable after suffering massive casualties due to World War III. Once there they intend to prevent "first contact", an event that dramatically changes the course of human history, when friendly aliens discover humankind has learned how to travel faster-than-light, and make contact with the inventor of the warp drive, Dr Zefram Cochrane.

Of course the Enterprise crew must once again save humanity from certain destruction, by "following them back and repairing whatever damage they've done". When they reach the 21st century, however, the Borg find resistance is not so futile, and begin to take over the crippled Enterprise, deck by deck. Directing every move is the evil Borg Queen, played excellently by Alice Krige.

Patrick Stewart is, as always, fantastic as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Stewart's background in the dramatic arts shines as he convincingly portrays a somewhat troubled and vengeful Picard, determined to destroy the insidious Borg once and for all.

The direction of Jonathan Frakes is flawless considering this film was his first attempt at directing on the big screen. In a few scenes I get the feeling that Frakes was committed to squeezing the absolute best out of Stewart, and this he did, apparently with ease (earning him the nickname "Two-Takes Frakes" from production members).

This film has it all. A well-conceived, intricate and dramatic plot, excellent acting, fantastic special effects, and real emotion on-screen. Picard's chilling "the line must be drawn here" monologue to Lily represents a scene with such dramatic quality that is rarely seen in science-fiction films. You can completely suspend disbelief and feel the anger, the pain, the sheer hunger for revenge in this broken man. You are there with him, the future of humanity is on the line, and not for a second will you think otherwise.

Whether you are a "Trekkie" or not, this is a film you will enjoy, and while there are references to previous Trek happenings in the film (such as when Picard was captured and assimilated by the Borg several years earlier), non-Trekkie's should definitely be able to follow what's going on.

All-in-all this is one of my favourite films of all time, and one that I can watch over and over and never get tired of. If you haven't seen it, why not grab a copy and check it out? I give it a well-deserved 9 out of 10.


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