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Reviews » Theatrical Reviews » Star Trek Nemesis
Star Trek Nemesis
Paramount // PG-13 // December 13, 2002
Review by Todd Siechen | posted December 13, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Recognize that warm feeling you get when you see good friends or family after a long absence? If you love Star Trek as much as I do then you will have this feeling once again when you see this film. The whole family is back, Jean-Luc Picard, Wil Riker, Deanna Troi, Data, Beverly Crusher, Worf, Geordi LaForge, and even cameos some of the others including Wesley Crusher played by Wil Wheaton, and Guinan played by Whoopi Goldberg. This film has a few interesting surprises that I will keep hidden from you during this review, but in general the crew has undergone many changes in the last 4 years making for a new film a welcome addition to the holiday season. This time around we have a new creative team to breath new life into the franchise. Stuart Baird Directs and writing credits go to John Logan, Rick Berman and Brent Spiner.

The Romulans play a heavy roll in this installment and we get to see some new information about them and their culture. "Nemesis" bears a similarity to "The Wrath of Khan" but fails a bit at giving us a really engaging enemy who has a personal agenda to destroy our heroes. We do find that there is a unique connection between Jean-Luc and Shinzon (played by Tom Hardy), but its not enough to really allow the conflict to flourish as much as we have come to expect from a Trek film. The Enterprise is called to Romulus to investigate a conflict going on within the Romulan Empire involving a mysterious human leader "Shinzon" who has a particular interest in Jean-Luc and in destroying the human race. We then evolve into high adventure as the crew battles Shinzon in an effort to stop his tyrade and ultimate plans of domination.

The plot is a bit predictable, but I can't decide whether I really liked it or not. Sometimes predictability is good, but in this film the most emotional and engaging part of the film is the first introduction of the crew at the opening ceremony and the end where something tragic is going to happen to one of the family. We see a bit of spiritual engagement with Jean-Luc and Shinzon, but it's thin and not very well developed within the story. The crew doesn't experience any real serious jeopardy except for a really cool head-on collision of the Enterprise and a big bad Romulan War Bird. This film gives us an old formula in a new package while still delivering a fairly entertaining story.

Summary: The intensity of "Nemesis" seems a bit more like a television episode than a film, but I still enjoyed myself and look forward to re-visiting this installment on a DVD to pick up things I probably missed the first time around. Overall I came out of the theater satisfied, but felt like the story should have had some more meat to it.
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