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Star Trek: Nemesis




Rated PG-13 - for sci-fi action violence and peril and a scene of sexual content.
Director: Stuart Baird
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Tom Hardy
Running Time: 1 hour, 57 minutes
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Plot Summary

In Star Trek: Nemesis, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the Enterprise crew find themselves on a diplomatic mission to initiate peace with the Romulans. But upon arrival on the alien planet, the crew is faced with a threat that could lead to Earth's destruction, and Picard meets his most dangerous adversary yet, a surprisingly personal nemesis...


Film Review


Confession time. Well, this isn't entirely news if you've already read my Galaxy Quest review, but for those who haven't, it's time to lay it out on the table. Many moons ago when I was in middle school, I found great pleasure in watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. Once the follow-up series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine began, I started following that as well. After a while, however, my tastes changed and anything Star Trek was more or less a part of my past. But as each movie involving the Generation characters released, I remained interested enough to see them. Now, for those who know me, I have a fiance' named Amy who I often see the movies I review here with. She has grown up completely unfamiliar with Star Trek, but when we caught the previews for Nemesis, we both agreed it looked worth checking out. In the end, we were very surprised and very impressed with what we saw.

The TV show was an acquired taste, with constant large and impossibly complex technological terms frequently being bounced back and forth between crew members, almost always making any bizarre and improbable situation explainable. In the same way, a lot of the plots involved some ridiculous premises but the crew and characters were great and well-developed. So when Star Trek: Generations introduced the Next Generation crew to the films in 1994, the crew made a pretty good transition to the big screen. The cinematic look was darker and gave the look a bigger and more theatrical feel to it. This was also the case with the surprisingly good First Contact in 1996. In 1998, the third film involving these characters was released, Insurrection, but merely suffered from feeling too much like an extended television episode with not much memorable about it.


However, with this year's Nemesis, the movie feels even less like the traditional TV show and more like a big screen production. This especially rings true during the final battle between starships. (It may also have you thinking, "Man, I can't imagine Picard doing that on the show!" -- but that's the coolest part about it.) Picard's "nemesis," Shinzon, was probably his most suitable and interesting adversary to date. In case you don't know ahead of time (from other reviews or previews), I rather not give away why so you can find out in the movie. But this time around, Picard seems gutsier in his older age and at times the film really tries to go "all-out" and thankfully, it often succeeds. Data plays a big part in the story as usual while surprisingly a lot of characters fall to the background more than usual like Worf, and in some ways Riker.

The film is pretty fast-paced in its plot development while taking the time to linger in necessary parts to further develop some moments. Action and suspense is not absent nor scarce here, which makes room for some typical Star Trek violence with starship battles and phaser fights. There is a scene of sexual material which is not common for Trek, but it's brief and non-graphic (see details below). Violence is frequent but often not graphic (with the exception of a scene where Shinzon purposefully cuts his hand, and a group of Romulans dry up and die like something you'd see from The Mummy). Language is near non-existent with just a couple minor words here and there.


What made me like Nemesis over past films or even most episodes, was its successful transition to the feel of a big screen film. The characters still had the drive they did on the series, even as they're aging considerably, it's great to see them back in the saddle for potentially their last voyage on screen. Shinzon was excellently portrayed by Tom Hardy and offered a memorable angle to the film. The action sequences were entertaining and exciting and helped bring Star Trek up to par with the seasonal competition. A must-see for Trek fanatics, an enjoyable one for former watchers like me, and a decent adventure for the newcomers, Nemesis makes Star Trek's 10th theatrical offering one of the best.
- John DiBiase, (reviewed: 12/14/02)

 

4K UHD Review


Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) 1 hr, 56 min. / rated PG-13 - You may have noticed that this was the very first Star Trek film I ever reviewed. I also LOVED it as a 22-year-old when it first came out. I do still enjoy it, but it's definitely not the best of the series. Still, it continues to evolve the characters further, like Troi and Riker getting married, and several crew leaving the Enterprise to take positions elsewhere. It's a bittersweet finale, but I think it works well to wrap up the saga. While there were four long years between Insurrection and Nemesis, fans would have to wait a staggering 7 years (a span which is about to be beat with how long it's been now since 2016's Star Trek: Beyond) before the series would be rebooted with J.J. Abrams' Star Trek in 2009.

Nemesis has its tense moments, and a plot that is just a bit contrived, but it's not nearly as gruesome at times as the two films preceding it. And Tom Hardy! Can we just take a moment to consider that, in 2002, we had no idea "That young villain guy from Nemesis" would go on to be as big of an actor as he is today? From Inception to The Dark Knight Rises to Venom and many other notable roles, it's a trip to see Hardy in what is most likely his first major movie role (although I did read that, sadly, due to the poor box office performance of this movie, it literally drove him to drink). In the grand scheme of Trek, Nemesis isn't bad, but with it being the Next Generation crew's swan song, it's positioned itself as a very important piece of Trek lore.

- John DiBiase, (reviewed: 4/4/23)

 

 

Parental Guide: Content Summary


. Sex/Nudity: Deanna shows some cleavage in her wedding dress; There's talk of everyone having to attend the Betazoid traditional wedding, which requires everyone to be naked. Worf protests; We see Deanna in a nightgown. She encourages her new husband Will to come to bed. We see him shirtless as he kisses her on top of her. Suddenly his form turns into Shinzon. She freaks out and then his form turns into the Viceroy. She continues to freak out and push him away as it turns back to being Will.
. Vulgarity/Language: 2 "d*mn," 2 "h*ll"
. Alcohol/Drugs: Characters have champagne at a wedding; Some characters share wine together at the end of the film.
. Blood/Gore: A device goes off in a room of Romulans. We see their faces turn to ash, with their skin being eaten away to a black color and then it hardening like stone. One of them falls and breaks apart; Shinzon cuts his palm with a knife, drawing blood. He then hands it to Data for testing. We then see Beverly looking at the blood under a microscope; A needle goes into Picard's neck; As Shinzon grows sicker, his face is discolored with blue veins showing in his skin; Viceroy jumps Riker and slices his arm with a knife. We see some blood on his jacket; Shinzon's face looks very scaly and veiny; A man is stabbed with a sharp pole. The victim pulls himself along the pole, impaling himself further. He grabs the other man by the throat, but dies. We see a little blood on the the end of the pole; Riker has some bloody scrapes on his face.
. Violence: A device goes off in a room of Romulans. We see their faces turn to ash, with their skin being eaten away to a black color and then it hardening like stone. One of them falls and breaks apart; Buggies with machine guns fire on the Enterprise crew on a planet's surface as they drive around in a buggy. They fire back and crash some of the alien buggies; Shinzon forcefully grabs a woman's wrist and threatens her; A flashback shows a kid being pushed to the ground; As Will and Deanna are kissing in bed, suddenly his form turns into Shinzon. She freaks out and then his form turns into the Viceroy. She continues to freak out and push him away as it turns back to being Will. A needle goes into Picard's neck; Data grabs a guy's neck, using the Vulcan neck pinch and he passes out; Data shoves Picard while undercover; A Reman shoot at Picard. He shoots back. We see dead Remans on the ground; Picard uses a ship to blow open a door and fly through the halls of a much larger ship; The Remans fire on their ship. Picard blows open another door and crashes out a window of the ship; The Remans fire on the Enterprise many times with some explosions inside; There is a firefight between Romulans and the Enterprise and Shinzon's ship; Shinzon's ship is hit and we see explosions on it; There is shooting between Remans and the Enterprise crew in ship hallways. Many on both sides are shot; Viceroy jumps Riker and slices his arm with a knife. We see some blood on his jacket; The front of the bridge blows out, a person is sucked out into space, and there's lots of destruction on the bridge; Two ships collide with massive destruction. Explosions occur inside both ships, with people being tossed around; One of the ships pulls out of the collision in reverse and it's almost as devastating; Viceroy and Riker continue fighting. Together they fall on a metal bridge. It breaks loose and falls and they hang off. Riker kicks him off, and the Viceroy falls to his death; Picard shoots a door open and shoots some Remans. One tackles him. He beats it with his rifle; Shinzon and Picard struggle. Shinzon falls to the ground. Shinzon tries to fight him with a knife and they struggle with it. The knife flicks away and goes into and energy beam. Shinzon draws another knife and knocks Picard down; A man is stabbed with a sharp pole. The victim pulls himself along the pole, impaling himself further. He grabs the other man by the throat, but dies. We see a little blood on the the end of the pole; A character shoots an energy beam and the ship explodes, killing them.

 

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