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Star Trek: Nemesis

A movie directed by Stuart Baird

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Underrated, The Crew of the Enterprise Take Their Final Voyage on Blu-ray in "Nemesis"

  • Oct 6, 2009
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There has been a lot of bad mouthing over the years as to how the TNG crew went out in the final Berman-Era Trek film, with the loss of Data as well as having too much action.  I say, what's not to like?  Nemesis was full of everything that Star Trek had over the years; story, action and a half decent plot.  If anything killed this movie, it was B4.  Fans probably would have been fine with a final conflict with the Romulan Empire, which somehow would end on a good note.  Instead, Nemesis ends up being very serious, with a not so happy ending.  Never the less, it wasn't a bad film.

As the Enterprise is headed to Deanna Troi's homeworld Betazed after her marriage to Commander Riker, Lt. Worf picks up positronic readings on a planet near the Romulan Neutral Zone that closely resemble those of Data's.  When Captain Picard takes Worf and Data to investigate planet side, they find pieces of an android identical to Data, but majorly obsolete. Shortly there after onboard the Enterprise, Admiral Janeway orders Picard to Romulus with the intent of beginning peace talks.  However when the Enterprise arrives at Romulus, they are greeted with a seventeen hour waiting period.  When an away team is finally beamed aboard the Remun Warbird Schimitar, Picard and his team are met by Shinzon of Remus, the new Romulan Praetor.  What Picard was not expecting, was to be facing a clone of his younger self.  Not convinced that Shinzon truly wants peace, the crew begin an investigation that will uncover horrifying facts that lead to an epic battle which will cost a beloved crew member his life...

Like I said, while not a bad movie, Nemesis was too serious for the final Next Generation film.  I understand what Brent Spiner was trying to do with the script; having Data finally come full circle per say, but it didn't need to have the end result that it did.  I thought that Shinzon being Picards clone was a very clever idea which is actually one of the things that was executed very well.  I honestly would have liked to see more of the Romulans, but seeing as how the whole Senate was murdered at the beginning of the film, that didn't happen.  The whole B-story with B4 could have easily been cut out of the whole film because it was mediocre at best and I didn't end up caring about it one bit.  The best thing that Nemesis does offer is one of the most historic space battle ever in a Star Trek movie.  I'd give details, but you really have to see it for yourself.

Speaking of the space battle, it looks and sounds stunning in beautiful Blu-ray Hi-def.  Some reviews said that the digital effects used in 2002 looked inferior on Blu-ray, but I would have to disagree.  I mean, the colors and the torpedoes flying by looked crystal clear, not to mention the ships.  The Blu-ray version of Nemesis features the conclusion of the great four part interview with Brent Spiner as well as another great piece with Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes called, "Reunion with the Rikers".

Not the way the TNG films should have gone out, but a decent film none the less.  While most fans remain pissed off at this film, I have come to appreciate it for what it is.  And let's face it, J.J. Abrams has brought Star Trek back in a whole new way so fans have something to be happy about now.  With this new direction, anything is possible.  Who knows, maybe we might even see some TNG era characters...just a dreamy thought.  Rest assured though, The Final Frontier has endless possibilities and Star Trek has barely scratched the surface.  Nemesis gets a 3/5! 
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October 06, 2009
A few nice points to ponder for sure and I'll admit when I saw it again on the small screen I did appreciate a few of it's merits more. I only wish that they exploited more aspects in the battle and got the most of the cut scenes into a Directors Cut on the DVD since a lot of those scenes really could have helped out. Shinzon I did like as the villain and was probably the best of Picards big screen foes.
 
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Quick Tip by . October 06, 2009
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review by . December 11, 2002
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 In STAR TREK: NEMESIS, based on the STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION television series, the USS Enterprise is gearing up for a challenging mission. While responding to a call from the Romulan neutral zone, the crew comes across a signal on the nearby planet Remus. It turns out to be Data's (Brent Spiner) less advanced brother, B-4 (also played by Spiner). Soon thereafter, Picard is confronted by Shinzon (Tom Hardy), who makes an offer of peace on behalf of the Romulans. As Starfleet enters into negotiations, they realize this treaty may have a twist. Shinzon presents himself as a clone of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), and as a simultaneous friend and foe. Though the baby faced Shinzon wears an intimidating shiny black metallic suit of armor, and spits his words through a nasty sneer, he is clearly no match for Picard. Meanwhile Data has a nifty side project debugging his clone, whose intentions are not as innocent as they may seem. As tension mounts between the crew of the Starship Enterprise ...
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Director: Stuart Baird
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: December 13, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Brent Spiner
Runtime: 1hr 57min
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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