Directed by Stuart Baird. USA. 2003.
This new chapter begins on the planet Romulus, where members of the Romulan senate are engaged in intense debate. When the senate is suddenly wiped out by a mysteriously weapon, the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise is sent to the planet Romulus to begin peace talks with the Romulans. Once there, they meet the new leader of the Romulan Empire, Shinzon (Tom Hardy), a human who looks remarkably similar to Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), the Enterprise’s Captain. Picard is suspicious of Shinzon and thinks that the Romulans - who are old adversaries of the Federation - may be up to no good. Picard’s suspicions are proved correct when he discovers that Shinzon wants to use his heavily armed spaceship to wipe out Earth! The crew of the Enterprise must engage in a race against time to stop Shinzon before it’s too late…
This is the tenth film
in the Star Trek series, and supposedly, the final film featuring
the crew from The Next Generation, but unfortunately, it’s one of
the weaker instalments. Despite excellent special effects and some
effective moments, most of what we see has been done better before, either
in other science fiction movies or previous Star Trek films.
The plot uses many elements from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
(1982), a far superior instalment and still regarded by many as the best
Star Trek film. The presence of Baird, along with John Logan,
the writer of Gladiator, promises to shake up the Star Trek
universe and take the audience to places where it hasn’t been before.
However, the film looks and feels more like an extended TV episode, not
a feature film, despite the epic ambitions of the story and some impressive
action sequences. In addition, the regular cast doesn’t add much
to what they’ve done with these characters before, and with the exception
of Tom Hardy’s lively performance, a good supporting cast (including Ron
Perlman and Dina Meyer) is virtually wasted. Although Nemesis
is full of potentially good ideas and entertaining moments, it falls far
short of being a classic outer space adventure.
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