Star Trek: Generations (1994) – 7/10 science fiction action adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Patrick Stewart: Picard
Jonathan Frakes: Riker
Brent Spiner: Data
LeVar Burton: Geordi
Michael Dorn: Worf
Gates McFadden: Beverly
Marina Sirtis: Troi
Malcolm McDowell: Soran
James Doohan: Scotty
Walter Koenig: Chekov
William Shatner: Captain James T. Kirk
Writer (Original Series’ Creator) Star Trek: Gene Roddenberry
Writer (Story): Rick Berman
Writer (Story): Ronald D. Moore
Writer (Story): Brannon Braga
Writer (Screenplay): Ronald D. Moore
Writer (Screenplay): Brannon Braga
Producer: Rick Berman
Director: David Carson

Star Trek: Generations (1994)

Eighty years after surviving an energy ribbon that claimed the life of Captain Kirk aboard the USS Enterprise B, Soran gets involved with the current Enterprise and her crew when the observatory he is working on is attacked by Romulans.

7/10

The Next Generation‘s first big-screen outing is good but a little unsatisfactory; especially on repeat viewings. First time around, though, this is a spectacular, science-fiction with at least one edge-of-the-seat scene with the aftermath of a Klingon battle. The film’s main problem is that it grinds to a crushing halt twice. First, unnecessarily, when we are introduced to the Next Generation crew aboard the holodeck with a charmless and baffling walk-the-plank / promotion scene and, secondly, inescapably, when Picard arrives in the Nexus at his bizarrely dressed family. The other grumble is Data’s emotion chip storyline which was certainly a worthwhile idea but all of the scenes where it is played for a laugh or as punctuation fall horribly flat. However, Generations looks fantastic, Shatner and Stewart are great and the story is ambitious, spectacular and thought-provoking (if you want it to be; what would you do to reach utopia?).

This movie contains mild swear words and violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Mission: Impossible II (2000) – 6/10 espionage action movie review

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Cast / crew
Ethan Hunt: Tom Cruise
Dougray Scott: Sean Ambrose
Thandie Newton: Nyah [Nordorf-]Hall
Richard Roxburgh: Hugh Stamp
John Polson: Billy Baird
Brendan Gleeson: McCloy
Radé Sherbedgia: Dr. Nekhorvich
Ving Rhames: Luther Strickell
Writer (Original Series’ Creator): Bruce Geller
Story Writer: Ronald D. Moore
Story Writer: Brannon Braga
Screenplay Writer: Robert Towne
Producer: Tom Cruise
Producer: Paula Wagner
Director: John Woo

Mission: Impossible II (2000)

When a large passenger jet goes down in Rocky mountains, it is just an elaborate cover-up for the theft of an item known only as “Chimera”. Ethan Hunt’s mission – should he decide to accept it, of course – is to identify and retrieve “Chimera”. His opponent, however, is an ex-member of the IMF special forces team, Sean Ambrose, and knows every trick in the book. IMF hopes that the recruitment of civilian thief and ex-Ambrose lover Nyah Nordoff-Hall will tip the balance in their favour.

6/10

The much-anticipated sequel to Brian De Palma’s 1996 action movie has dumped its individuality and decided, instead, to merely be a direct but weak facsimile of two other genres: the John Woo action ballet and the Bond movie. This isn’t a very good movie thanks to a one-hour lull and Dougray Scott but it does have a number of great action moments and Cruise looks like he’s having fun.

This movie contains mild swear words, bad language, Sexuality, Strong melee violence, gun violence, very unpleasant scenes

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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