Written by John Logan
Directed by Stuart Baird

Running Time: 1:56

Rated PG-13
for sci-fi action violence and peril and a scene of sexual content.

Patrick Stewart
as Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes
as Commander William T. Riker

Brent Spiner
as Lt. Commander Data

LeVar Burton
as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge

Michael Dorn
as Lt. Commander Worf

Gates McFadden
as Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis
as Counselor Deanna Troi

Tom Hardy
as Praetor Shinzon


A decent sci-fi film, I found Star Trek: Nemesis to be entertaining. But I also found that the more you know about the Star Trek legacy, the more you disliked the movie.


The crew of the Enterprise is up against an old race known as the Remans. It seems their leader is a clone of Captain Picard and he needs Picard's blood in order to remain alive. So he tricks the crew into showing up where he is hiding in his big invisible ship. At the same time he has the old standby of wanting to destroy Earth and take over the universe. He's got some cool toys to play with and inevitably things go wrong for him and the members of the Enterprise win, albeit with the loss of a popular crew member.


I've seen a good number of previous Star Trek films, but none of them were particularly memorable to me. Here's what I remember about Star Trek films: One of them had the casts of two of the tv shows; one dealt with what I thought were dolphins but I was later told were whales. That's basically all I remember from the Trek movies. I have never seen an entire episode of any of the tv series, so I really don't know much about any of these characters. But from what I gathered after the film, it was just as well because the people that knew the characters and the stories felt the movie was just a longer version of a tv episode. I, having no idea, thought the movie was decent enough. I liked the villain; I thought he had a cool look. I liked the outerspace battle sequences. I liked Patrick Stewart. I thought the story was a little weak and probably more suited for a smaller screen, but for the most part it was a popcorn film. Nothing to think about, just some nice eye candy on the screen. I was able to gather from watching the film in a somewhat crowded theater that the two that got married in the beginning were crowd favorites. I also was able to gather that the Romulans were normally the arch-enemy of the Federation that Picard and company work for, but in this case the Remans were even more irritating. And there were some down times in the film where I felt the talking went on too long. The fight sequences more than made up for it though.


Overall, I thought Star Trek: Nemesis was a decent movie. Not the greatest, and certainly not memorable, but for what it was, I enjoyed it.

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