Star Trek: Nemesis **

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“Star Trek: Nemesis” is the worst film in the series of films to feature the crew of “The Next Generation”. It is not nearly as bad as a lot of people made it out to be but it is definitely not a movie I can recommend. The special effects and action are all terrific but they go on way too long in an attempt to mask a pretty hollow story.

The plot this time around features a Romulan maniac named Shinzon played by a young Tom Hardy. He is particularly troubled and features an odd connection to Captain Picard. Shinzon as it turns out isn’t actually a Romulan but is a clone of Picard that failed. He was to eventually take Picard’s place as a spy in Starfleet. When this plan was abandoned he was sent in to slave labor. This resulted in a fairly bitter attitude towards the Romulans and Starfleet.

Everything comes together in a massive space battle in the last third of the film that is a remarkable technical achievement but seems to go on and on. Eventually Picard makes the desperate decision to ram the Enterprise into one of the enemy ships. In my opinion this part kind of symbolizes the whole film. It also leads to the death of one of the main characters in a scene that is meant to reflect the powerful death of Spock in “Star Trek II”. The result did not bring about the same level of emotion from myself as when Spock sacrificed himself for the needs of the many.

“Star Trek: Nemesis” came out four years after the franchises previous instalment. It also came out five days before the latest “Lord Of The Rings” film. Both those factors, combined with the films lack of quality, lead it to become a commercial and financial failure. This nearly killed the franchise until J.J. Abrams and his team came aboard.

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