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on January 22, 2005
One the one hand, it was rather refreshing to have a Romulan-themed story in quite a long time. The action sequences are super and the effects shots are great.
On the other hand, this latest (last?) Trek installment did leave this reviewer with several questions. Why did Wesley Crusher show up at First Officer William Riker and Counselor Diana Troi's pre-wedding banquet (see TheNextGeneration episode "Journey's End") ? What is Worf doing on board the Enterprise-E (see DeepSpaceNine series ender "What You Leave Behind II") ? And with Data ceasing to exist as a sentient being (he is said to have been killed off though he never in fact lived) and hence unable to assume the role of Second in Command, who then would assume Riker's role - Geordi, Worf, or someone else?
Part of the blame for this movie's dismal box office performance must rest with the studio, both for releasing it up against "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and deleting at least 41 minutes of filmed material. Having said all this, the movie itself comes up somewhat short indeed. The main flaw seems to be that it never sufficiently delves into the cause(s) for Shinzon's anger and enmity towards Picard and the whole human race. After all, was it not the Romulans who treated him so shabbily all these years?
It is far from certain if a feature-length story featuring DSN characters will be made, either with a few crossover characters from TNG or none. However, given the unexpectedly weak showing at the box office for this film and the less-than spectacular track record of its preceding films (only one is said to have reached the US$100M threshold) it is highly unlikely that there will be any more Star Trek theatrical movies; The Wrath of Khan, a film from which this one is unjustly accused of ripping off, nearly became a non-theatrical movie.
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on January 2, 2004
Remember the Star Trek - Next Generation episode in which the crew discovered, trapped on a remote installation, a "double" of Will Riker? And this individual actually WAS Will Riker, who eight years previous had been on a mission there, and unknowingly had encountered some sort of ray that split him into two individuals, both the exact same person. One Riker returned to the Enterprise and continued his career, and the other stayed trapped at the installation.
Eight years later, the Enterprise crew discovered him. Effectively on vacation for eight years, he had not really grown any. His career was in suspense -- while the other Riker had continued upward, and was now first mate of the Enterprise. The relationship between Riker #1 and Deanna had cooled, but Riker #2 still cared for her, and proposed to her... but she refused, since her feelings for Will (either of them) had changed in eight years. Riker #2 departed, and took up his middle name (Thomas) to distinguish himself from Riker #1 (Will).
Now, in this final Star Trek movie, Will Riker marries Deanna. Don't you have to know that Riker #2 Thomas, still out there in the Federation somewhere, had to be majorly hacked off when he heard about that? Riker #2 was the one whose feelings for Deanna had NOT changed, yet old Riker #1 ended up getting the girl.
If there was strife between the two Rikers at family reunions before, one can only imagine (with horror) what things are like now.
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on December 25, 2003
I really put this movie down in another DVD review, saying it was the worst of all the Star Trek movies. Well, my family, knowing I am a huge Star Trek fan, bought me this DVD for Christmas. I sat down today and watched it, and really tried to enjoy the movie. Surprisingly, I did (for the most part) enjoy it. It's really not that terribly bad. There is some of the usual great special effects, actually amazing special effects, great battle sequences, the same characters we know and love, etc.
Yes, the movie is somewhat a knockoff of The Wrath of Kahn. I would have to agree with another reviewer when saying that the Next Generation has not translated to the big screen so well. Insurrection was a pretty big disappointment; I enjoyed the movie for the most part, but it was really just a glorified episode- it would have worked just as well as an hour show or maybe a cliffhanger on television. The Wrath of Kahn is usually considered to be the best of the entire Star Trek movie franchise, so it is at least somewhat understandable as to why they'd want to imitate it a bit. The wedding scene, to me, seems kind of forced, actually a lot of the acting in this movie seems pretty phoned in. Maybe the actors are tired of playing these parts, or they were just not on board with this film, who knows. The off-road Vin Diesel-esque action sequence at the beginning of the film is pretty ridiculous. As is the scene when Data jumps from the Enterprise to the enemy ship and lands right next to a button that lets him in...Sure, you have to suspend disbelief in any Star Trek, or really any sci-fi movie, but that's just too much. There are some pretty great documentary features on the making of the movie on the DVD, and a clue to the downfalls of the movie are right in there: they picked some director who did not know Star Trek. I think the producers would have been better off getting a real Star Trek nerd to helm this film, instead of trying to compete with all the other movies out there. Just because 95% (maybe more) of all Hollywood movies are just mindless action flicks does not mean that a Star Trek movie has to be that too.
I actually enjoyed the death scene at the end, and am actually glad they did that, as Data's character had really gone as far as it could go. But the B-4 subplot is really horribly unneeded, and is obviously there to leave the option open for another movie to "bring back Data."
I was pretty disappointed with this movie, however, despite its shortcomings, it was really a great action sci-fi movie, and is not really a horrible Star Trek film. It should at least be seen once.
And it should be a good indicator as to what maybe can be done to "save Star Trek." I'm sure I'm not really alone when I say that maybe Star Trek should not be saved. It can't really go on forever, and if they keep going in this direction with movies and in the same direction with the television series, it's only going to die a painful death. If they do make another film, they should just do it for the Star Trek fans and nerds out there, and not try to do some action blockbuster to "appeal to non-Star Trek fans." Or they can do what I'm seeing all over the internet nowadays, and "Bring Back Kirk!!"
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on December 23, 2003
Quite honestly, I'm fed up with all of the criticism that ST: Nemesis has been getting. Admittedly, it isn't the best Trek film out there, but it also isn't the worst (ST: The Final Frontier still holds that title). Nemesis had some really great character interactions and acting in it. One thing that a lot of people seem to hate about the movie is that it is a "copy" off of ST: The Wrath of Khan. Although it shares many similarities with ST: II, it also goes off in dfferent directions and holds its own as a unique movie. Another thing that I've been hearing lately is that the final sequence on the Scimitar was too short and emotionless. However, I think that the scene speaks volumes and is full of emotion
Now that I've said what was good about the movie, it's time for the negatives:
1. Bad Director, unfamiliar with Trek world (They should've used Frakes again).
2. Wrong sound effects (None of the phasers, torpedos, or engines sound like traditional Next Gen. movie effects)
3. No Deck 29 (only 24 decks on 1701-E)
4. Different sets (Ready-Room, Quarters, Sickbay all completely different from those in ST: First Contact and ST: Insurrection.
All in all, a fairly good Trek movie, however, I would like to see another, better, finale for the TNG cast.
And now, I'll end my review with my favorite line of the movie, said by Shinzon to Picard, "Now, I'll show you my true nature, our nature, and as Earth dies you will remember that I will always and forever be Shinzon of Remus and that my voice will echo through time long after yours has faded to a dim memory!"
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on December 14, 2003
There is a lot of merit to Star Trek: Nemesis. As a fan of the original show, I always approached TNG films with skepticism. First Contact was, of course, the pinnacle of this series, and I (unlike many ST fans) really enjoyed ST:Generations. Insurrection was a definite turn for the worse, and I expected little of Nemesis. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed the film, in spite of its many shortcomings. It's certainly better than Insurrection, for example.
The good points: it's pacing and action are fantastic. Director Baird is a respected action film editor, and the pacing and feel of the film is pitch-perfect. The performances in TNG have always been uneven - Frakes and Sirtis, for example, cannot match the presence of Patrick Stewart - but the acting is uniformly equal to or better than any of the previous TNG outings. There are Romulans - everyone loves the Romulans! Finally, in spite of what others have written, the highlight of the film is the crewmember's death (I won't say whose, in case you haven't seen it) - it is startling in its speed and very effective due to the quick cutting. The denouement following the death is short, but every bit as effective as Spock's in TWOK.
Unfortunately, there are a number of bad points. As pointed out by others, the story itself is essentially recycled from The Wrath of Khan, and that makes it feel tired and dull. Worse still, there are logical holes - where does Shinzon find this B-4 prototype of Data? how did the Romulans get Picard's DNA? what has happened to the Federation head spy to Romulus (Mr. Spock)? why doesn't Troy sense Shinzon's lies? (there is an explanation in the cut scenes, but the actual movie ignores the issue.) Even more annoying are the glaring and unecessary scientific errors. I don't mind when Star Trek invents science to explain itself (transporters, shields, etc.), but I really mind it when they make scientific errors for no reason. The explanation of the Reman weapon is particularly laughable - no electromagnetic radiation could have the properties ascribed to it, it's a physical impossibility. Likewise, you don't need an android to generate positronic radiation - any idiot with a nuclear reactor (or a particle accelerator) can do that. And don't get me started on the aftermath of the collision between the Enterprise and the Scimitar! Newton is rolling in his grave. The point is, all of these mistakes were unnecessary - B-4's planet was proto-industrial, so positronic radiation would be anomalous anyways; Data's spacewalk could still have been necessary if the two ships were still attached; and there's no reason the Reman weapon had to be "electromagnetic" - it could have been any kind of energy!
The average moviegoer is likely to forgive the defects in physics, but less likely to forgive the plot holes. However, most of these you don't notice while watching the first time, because you're caught up in the action. It's on reflection afterwards that such thorny issues appear.
This DVD is crammed full of extras, and I wonder how they all fit on one disc! There are some little minidocumentaries that are fun and interesting, cut scenes, etc. The director's commentary is somewhat dull, but there's some interesting info in there. All this is stuffed on without (apparently) sacrificing the quality of the feature - it is clean, crisp, and sounds great.
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on December 4, 2003
Like Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise, this latest entry is made only for non-Trek fans. It tries to mine a legendary movie, The Wrath of Khan, and only comes up with a half interesting movie. The biggest problem with the film is the direction. Stuart Baird -once a highly saught after editor -seems to frame every scene like a TV episode -where it will generally eventually play. Too many close-up's and static camera give the feeling of paint-by-numbers direction. The script was over long (Paramount wanted a film that was 2 hours or less), but instead of cutting the scenes before filming, Baird lensed everything, and hoped that through editing process, they could find a story. But they failed, and what we are left with is a disjointed film, that makes no sense. The whole B4 stuff was silly and something done before with Lore. The whole sequence of searching for him on the planet was stupid, and you would think that Picard, captain of the Federation flag ship, should've seen all the white arrows pointing towards an obvious trap. That is, essentially, what is wrong with Trek today. They don't care. They don't care what the hardcore fans have been saying since Voyager launched, they don't care that movies and current TV series have plots so thin and dialouge that borders on the inane that it makes Mr. T and Tina look brilliant. This carelessness is what made Nemesis the weakest entry since Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. There was a good film in there, it was just buried under Rick Berman's rule as Overseer of the Trek franchise. It's a world filled with continuity errors, empty plots, stories that go nowhere and bad acting. Not as bad as Trek V, but a very close second.
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on July 24, 2003
I must admit, this movie frustrates me and thrills me at the same time. I was a great fan of ST:TNG, the entire cast, not just the Captain. It's unfortunate that this movie, like the others before it, tend to focus so much on the captain that it ignores the other great characters. It's nice to see Will and Deanna get married and Will getting his own ship. It's also nice to see that Wesley Crusher was at the wedding. What really frustrates me is the notion to once again try to create a deep and meaningful relationship between the Captian the lead villian, this time because he was cloned from him. I understand Star Trek is supposed to be about more then just space and starship battles, but this aspect dragged the story down too much. There should have been more focus on Data and Geordi's freindship, to make Data's death more potent. There should have been a scene with Picard and Dr. Crusher stating how they would miss each other since she was going to Starfleet medical, y'know, build on the potential romance. Wesley Crusher should have has some lines. There should have been more interaction between the entire crew! This was supposed to be a goodbye story where this stellar crew who are like a family and have been through Life and Death several times together, end up doing one last duty together to save Earth, the Federation and start a mending process with one of their greatest and most mysterious of enemies, where they end up saying goodbye to one of their own who DIES, AND INSTEAD THEY TURN IT INTO A POTENTIAL FATHER/SON EPISODE TO FILL THE VOID IN PICARDS LIFE BECAUSE HE NEVER GOT MARRIED AND HAD CHILDREN?!! HE MADE THAT DECISION A LONG TIME AGO! He's over it! He should be saying goodbye to these younger crew members that he's nurtured for 12 years into the fine officers they are! They should have treated Shinzon like the evil, dark, mind raping outcast that he is. There would still be sympathy for him if you keep the final scene between him and Picard at the end. Picard makes a fine speech about how his upbringing and surroundings made him what he is, that it wasn't his fault and he could still change. Also, the scene where Data explains why he and Picard are different from their Romulan created counterparts, a very good scene. But this is about it. Don't let my rant totally turn you off. This movie is good, very good. Just a little slow paced between action scenes and not focusing on the right material...in my opinion. I wish I could go and re-edit this movie, I think it would be more crowd pleasing and more sentimentaly based on the crew members we have grown to love.
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on July 12, 2003
I watched this movie in the original theater release and on DVD as a rental. To compare this movie to other SNG films as First Contact and Insurrection is a waste of time. The premise of this film is more sinister and forboding. The Enterprise is called upon to help resolve a dispute in the Romulan Empire. Picard is unaware that a clone of himself is in power of Romulas and his nemesis who wishes to destroy all life on Earth to get rid of Star Fleet forever. Picard's reactions to the younger version of himself is ludacris at times. The previous two films used humor better, had more involving and interesting stories, and the pacing was much better. This film bogs down and the climatic finish is unrealistic and over dramatized as was the movie 'Generations.' To compare this film to the original generation cast of movies is also futile. Kirk had a totally differet approach to threats and the movies were written with the original cast members performing as they had in the series. The Next Generation cast are different characters completely and the movies reflect this. The original Star Trek even numbered films are by far the best of the lot and I am an original trekkie from that era. I enjoy the Star Trek Next Generation episodes, Star Trek Voyager and now Enterprise, but did not care for Deep Space Nine. I have not purchased this film to add to my collection and have no interest to see it again.
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on July 12, 2003
I watched this movie in the original theater release and on DVD as a rental. To compare this movie to other SNG films as First Contact and Insurrection is a waste of time. The premise of this film is more sinister and forboding. The Enterprise is called upon to help resolve a dispute in the Romulan Empire. Picard is unaware that a clone of himself is in power of Romulas and his nemesis who wishes to destroy all life on Earth to get rid of Star Fleet forever. Picard's reactions to the younger version of himself is ludacris at times. The previous two films used humor better, had more involving and interesting stories, and the pacing was much better. This film bogs down and the climatic finish is unrealistic and over dramatized as was the movie 'Generations.' To compare this film to the original generation cast of movies is also futile. Kirk had a totally differet approach to threats and the movies were written with the original cast members performing as they had in the series. The Next Generation cast are different characters completely and the movies reflect this. The original Star Trek even numbered films are by far the best of the lot and I am an original trekkie from that era. I enjoy the Star Trek Next Generation episodes, Star Trek Voyager and now Enterprise, but did not care for Deep Space Nine. I have not purchased this film to add to my collection and have no interest to see it again.
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on July 11, 2003
Star Trek Nemesis, the 10th installment of the movie series of Star Trek, is pretty much for fans of First Contact only. It follows in the same directorial style as Frakes had at the helm of First Contact.
While highly unbelievable in many respects (feeling like a grab bag of past episodes combined with a decent new plot attempt), I still found myself enjoying this movie. Genetics gone awry are combined in a renegade Romulan plot to take over Picard's role in the Federation.
For longtime fans of the series, the movie may feel like a strained attempt at tying up some loose plot ends, then kicking the cast hard and fast out of the nearest air lock for good (although the door is certainly left open for spin-off attempts). We lose a major fan favorite character in the blink of an eye, and I felt kind of shocked at the choice, although upon reflection it seemed obvious who would go.
Nevertheless, the action is awesome, with a great visual style permeating the whole film. The acting of most of the actors in character seems to have reached its full (and excellent) maturity.
As to the bonus features, they are abundant and attempt to more than make up for any disappointment fans may have. All in all, it's a nice package.
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