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STAR TREK X: NEMESIS


Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Majel Barrett

Directed by: Stuart Baird
Written by: John Logan
Produced by: Rick Berman
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

US: 13/12/02 UK: 03/01/03

On their way to celebrate the wedding of Riker and Troi, Picard and the Enterprise crew are suddenly diverted for an unexpected diplomatic mission to the planet Romulus. Longtime enemies of the Federation, the Romulans have expressed their desire to initiate negotiations that will hopefully lead to a long-awaited unity in the galaxy. But upon their arrival on Romulus, the Enterprise crew is faced with a threat that could lead to the destruction of the planet Earth, and Picard comes face to face with a man who may prove to be his most dangerous adversary yet ... and surprisingly personal nemesis.

MEDIA BUZZ
13 Dec/Miami Herald: Newcomer to the Star Trek universe? A primer might be in order
12 Dec/Moviebus News: Best villain ever in Star Trek Nemesis?
8 Dec/Chicago Sun-Times:Patrick Stewart says the final "Star Trek" movie did not leave him beaming
1 Dec/New York Daily News: New 'Trek' boss goes his own way
1 Dec/ Starship Enterprise lands in London
26 Nov/Stewart says Star Trek may boldly go on
Nosferatu stalks Star Trek:Nemesis

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For anyone familiar with the Star Trek universe, there's a foreign feel to this 10th film, like the keepers of the Roddenberry flame handed the reins to outsiders. It simply doesn't have the sharp inventiveness and insight we usually associate with the franchise, and it continues a slide begun in the last episode, Insurrection. The premise itself is rather good though.... Something is afoot on Romulus. After Riker and Troi's (Frakes and Sirtis) happy wedding ceremony on Earth, the Enterprise crew are heading for a second all-nude ceremony on Betazed (that, we'd like to see!) when they're distracted by a strange signal that eventually leads them into an encounter with the Romulans, where Captain Picard (Stewart) will confront his nemesis, the new leader Shinzon (Hardy), who has a rather freaky connection to our hero. Deadly weapons and seething revenge are the name of the game, and all of Earth is in jeopardy.

Sounds great, right? And when the film centres on the crew and its teamwork it is indeed very effective--the cast is excellent, and the offhanded humour is right on the money. Alas, the film is constructed like a standard Hollywood sci-fi thriller, complete with requisite action scenes every now and then that don't have any logic at all. The opening four-wheel drive chase around a desert planet, for example, makes no sense beyond the cool stunts; we never know who's chasing them or why, and when we learn more later it's even more inexplicable. Worse yet: A key sequence involves a dodgy bolt breaking apart ... on the Enterprise? Please! Screenwriter Logan (Gladiator) just doesn't have enough confidence in the universe, creating gibberish to explain something, which is then punctuated with an intrusive chord of music as if it's terribly important. As the film continues you just get the feeling that there's nothing to it--flimsy script, goofy costumes, cheap effects, cheesy music and, sadly, an aging cast that still has the ability to grip us anyway. An average episode of The Next Generation has more intelligence and meaning. Find one on cable and watch it instead.e

 


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