Boldly Going Into Dark Territory... (by spaceboy_a)
This was a very different Star Trek film mainly due to its dark tone. Despite mainstream belief, I think 'Insurrection' was a beautifully written film and despite the simple story, it worked nicely as the characters were having fun.This film is very serious and although I don't like action films, this movie was pretty intense thanks to its villain. The characters aren't having fun at all which I think detaches the audiences a little cause it's not a fun adventure. The stakes in this film are more personal to the characters so there's no time for the regular jokes once <more>
the story kicks in as there's too much at stake.That aside, this film is handsomely produced with a great production design and has some exciting conflict between Picard Patrick Stewart and his nemesis, Shinzon Tom Hardy . The face off between the two characters in the final 30 minutes is very exciting.The performances where all brilliant in the film and I hope to see the full version of the film on DVD as I think the mind rape suffered by Troi Marina Sirtis could have been further explored.Why this film failed at the box-office was the timing. You don't release a Star Trek film 5 days before Lord of the Rings. L.O.T.R. is more popular than Star Trek right now but this film could have re-ignited the franchise if people went and saw it. Delaying its release in Australia was a good idea as this has given it a no. 1 spot on opening weekend which it deserves despite an almost non-existent marketing campaign here.It wasn't a bad film by any means and I think the critics didn't like it because it was so dark and that there's little sense of fun.I think 'Nemesis' is a very worthy chapter in the Star Trek franchise. It took a while to reach Australian audiences but most of us believe it was well worth the wait. 8 out of 10
I am so sick and tired of hearing people bitch and moan about this movie. If you have the time to sit down and list all the flaws and nitpicks about a movie, then type it all up into neat and intricate little cattegories on the IMDB to discourage any hopeful viewers, then seriously you people need help. People just can't be satisfied anymore, and want things given to them with the golden spoon. Why can't people jsut go to a movie, sit there and enjoy something? Instead of being so bloody critical of the film? For crying out loud, Nemesis isn't Saving Private Ryan or Moulin Rouge, <more>
so get over it. Nemesis is Star Trek, and Star Trek is supposed to be fun. Nemesis was FUN!! Get over it and stop bitching!!! I love Trek Movies, and this one is probably my second most favourite from all of them. A lot of people liked the movie, and only the pimple faced 'costume' wearing geeks out there that nitpick movies to death hated it. Let's just get a bag of popcorn and enjoy a movie for once!! ****end rant sigh****
This is a great movie , the best of Next Generation , one of the greatest in all Star Trek saga ; with the best ever seen battle between two star-ships !The story is powerful with a deep development of the characters Picard has never been so alive, so complex thanks to his relationship with Shinzon , every one used very well look at Deanna ! , and beautiful dialogues Picard and Shinzon having dinner; the last dialogue between Data and Before ; not to mention that at last the new Enterprise is used at its all potential , doing things I've always dreamed it to do ! Visually this <more>
movie is great thanks to the photography and the design especially of the Scimitar Shinzon's starship with its German expressionism style and the Remans race Murnau's Nosferatu .A great sci-fi movie worth to be seen even if you do not like Star Trek.P.s. don't miss : The defensive manoeuvre "Kirk epsilon" ; Data using Mr Spock's hold ; the Brian Singer cameo.Massimo Triggiani
Brilliant movie and Christ allegory (by djrandmpr)
Superbly acted by Tom Hardy Shinzon and Patrick Stewart Picard , this movie should be compared more with Blade Runner rather than with the others in the Star Trek series. Although this is obviously a sci-fi film with a lot of special effects and action sequences, it's the message behind the plot that make it stand out as something special. And in this review I'm going to skip over many of the details to discuss this sub-theme, or perhaps supra-theme would be a better description.During the course of the movie, Picard is presented as a man who is confident in the correctness, even <more>
the righteousness, of his own beliefs. He is the man searching to spread the message of peace and good, attempting to improve both the universe and himself at the same time. However, circumstances suddenly force him to confront a younger clone of himself Shinzon , a man whose experiences in life have made him a self-interested and villainous alter ego. Throughout the film, Picard tries to avoid the idea that anything about this evil twin protagonist could ever have been part of him. He's also asks this of his crew members and they confirm that his character is totally unlike Shinzon's. However, in the dramatic death scene at the conclusion of the movie, as Picard faces his clone in a death embrace, he finally realizes that he and Shinzon are one character, and that he himself has all the evil potential that is displayed in his twin brother. As he stands stunned by this conclusion, Data who acts as a Christ figure, sacrifices his own unsullied life so that Picard can be saved, both physically and spiritually. In the final scene, the allegory is made complete by the physical return of Data Christ in the character of B4. I hope that this adds to your enjoyment of the movie, and I'd be interested to read anyone else's comments.Dave
What a rock 'em, sock 'em, thoroughly delightful space opera Nemesis was. It is easily my favorite of the ten Trek movies. On the artistic strength of this .. er .. enterprise, one has to believe there are more Trek movies to come, unless this picture does absolutely abysmal box office.This was Balance of Terror done right, and, if it does nothing else, serves to establish the superiority of the TNG crew over its TOS predecessors. Only Michael Dorn got short-changed here, but everyone else .. everyone .. excelled.I was surprised and especially delighted with the efforts of the women. <more>
McFadden, especially, and Sirtis gave wonderfully moving performances. McFadden has always been the weak link of the TNG cast, but you wouldn't know it, if all you had to go by was the performance she gave here.Sirtis, in straight hair, was stunning. When she gave the Reman viceroy played by Ron Perlman a taste of his own medicine, by effectively mind-melding with him to penetrate the Scimitar's cloak, I was .. well, let's just say it was the personal high point of the movie. For the first time, probably since Face of the Enemy, Troi acted like she had a pair, and was worthy of the command responsibilities placed on her.This crew was obviously a group that cared about each other,and this was apparent, not just in their mourning ceremony for Data, which was tepid, and one of the film's few bad moments, but from Picard's toast at the wedding and forward. Calling Riker at one point, Mr. Troi, was a neat touch. Geordi's goodbye to Data was understated and well-played by Burton. Crusher's conversation with Picard over his Reman clone also had just the right depth, not too much schmaltz, not too professionally detached, and McFadden spoke those lines beautifully.Dina Meyer was her usual outstanding self as the only Romulan in that picture who had anything approaching a clue. Her conduct in the climactic battle didn't ring true for me. I thought when the Scimitar blew her ship out of the sky, she might have self-destructed in true Romulan fashion; and I thought her willingness to render humanitarian aid, and her good cheer over the E's heroism, a bit too un-Romulan-ly, but these are minor quibbles.Let's discuss the major quibbles, and there were some. Like Undiscovered Country, this picture was way too dark, both literally and figuratively. Shinzon's origin as a Picard clone was affected, and the abandonment of the Romulan high command's attempt to replace him in Starfleet was contrived. I saw no need for him to be a Picard clone, and did not believe for a second that the High Command simply washed its collective hands and abandoned its plans for espionage of the Federation. Doesn't sound like any Tal Shi'ar I'm familiar with.I hated the Remans. They were way too ugly, and despite that I was ridiculed for saying so earlier, I will repeat they looked like the Balok mannequin of TOS's Corbomite Maneuver. Ron Perlman was terrific as the Viceroy. He has a distinctive voice and distinctive mannerisms, and he always plays himself, because that's the only role he can play. This effort belies those statements, however. My compliments.The Rommies were pretty ugly, too. They looked like Vulcans having convulsions due to asphyxiation; their faces had more lumps than Grandma's mashed potatoes.The only really weak plot point was the assassination of the Romulan Senate. I suppose they thought they were impervious to harm on the floor of the Senate, but I have to believe there would have been stricter security measures in place, and that bomb would have been discovered, and disruptored into oblivion before it went off. I'm also not buying in view of how the anti-personnel device was deployed, how long it took the Scimitar's wings to deploy. If that whole incident didn't resonate with Insurrection .. well, let's just say it was deja vu all over again, and they could have done better.Finally, the E was ugly. This is an ugly, ugly ship. I hate the bridge, I hate the exteriors, I hate everything about this flying junkyard. It looks depressing, outside and in. The final scenes in drydock were much better, but every interior and exterior shot of the Big E just depressed the hell out of me. If serving on the D was like being on the Titanic [better,perhaps, the QE2], then being on the E is like serving on a German Uboat.The joy of this picture is not visual, however, except as you study the TNG crew's faces. The joy of this picture is in the sound and the feelings. Goldsmith's music was super, and applied with exactly the right touch, and the dialog between the TNG cast was deeply moving. As much as they cared for each other, I cared for them, and would gladly go to see them again.On a 1 to 10 score, Nemesis is a solid 9.
The time we have dreamed of is at hand (by whizkids)
I rented this movie after it came out on DVD, and I can tell you that it is the best of all the Star Trek movies that are out there at least until I check out First Contact . It starts out with a dying Romulan Senate and a wedding between Counselor Troi and Commander Riker soon to be Captain of his own ship . On their way to go to a Betazoid wedding, to which Worf is complaining about, they find an android in pieces on a desert planet. While assembling the new Android, Picard receives orders that he is to cross the neutral zone into Romulan territory. When they get there, they are beamed <more>
aboard the new Romulan ship, the Scimitar. There they meet the Reman Viceroy and Shinzon, the new leader of Romulus and Picard's clone. It turns into quite an adventure that I'm unwilling to tell you about, save that you'll probably have a tear in your eye at the end. Like I said, this is the best of all the movies. After we finally said good-bye to Kirk in Generations, I was so relieved. And while I've only seen this and Insurrection, Picard's crew surpasses Kirk's crew even better in the movies than in the TV series. I love this new Enterprise. It is so complex, sleek and cool. Shinzon's ship is equally as terrifying, and the one thing that I'm the most worried about is that Riker is marrying Troi. That means that he now has Mrs. Troi as a mother-in-law! How'd you like that fate? Brent Spiner played his role as Data and B-4 to perfection. It looked so much like he was interacting with another person on the same timeframe. Then again, he's had a lot of practice on the Enterprise D. He even got to be a woman at one part, but I'm losing myself. As usual, I felt a little sorry for Worf, as he didn't get much dialogue, but he made up for it in a terrific dune buggy fight. Marina did an excellent job as Troi again, and she even got to excericise some talents that she hasn't seemed to use since the third season of TNG. But no matter what, whether there's another movie with the TNG cast in it, I know they will never let Troi get to pilot the ship. Every time she does, it leads to disaster. Finally, Picard was excellent. I don't remember him getting into such a hand-to-hand fight before. When he finds out that Shinzon is his clone, he plays just the right amount of surprise, and at the- whoop! I almost gave it away. It also has a special way of tying up the Voyager saga with a guest appearance by Admiral Janeway who orders Picard to the Neutral Zone.I can't say much more without giving away this film. All I can say is, beam this one into your TV. You won't regret it.
Star Trek: Nemesis has gone through the mill. At first it had the pressure of being an even numbered Trek film, usually a tell tale sign that it would be good. Then it has the pressure from fans who were not happy with Insurrection. So let's first put all things into perspective. Insurrection was not as good as First Contact but it certainly wasn't a bad film. It had a tight plot, developed the characters and was well paced. In fact all the Next Generation films are very watchable films, even Generations which seemed to think it needed William Shatner to prop it up.I really can not <more>
see how people can complain about this film. Again it develops the characters further, has plenty of decent actions sequences, which includes by far the best space battle of all the films. The story moves along nicely and I find it thoroughly enjoyable to watch. Jerry Goldsmith gives it a dark edge with his score and so much so that it ends up being darker at times than First Contact.However, for all the story it has, the reason Nemesis is a fine finale to the Star Trek films is the epic battle at the end. People can moan about its similarities to Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country but they were great battles and why not take elements that work and build on them? I have to admit I sat in the cinema, loving Picard's desperate move, gripped in anticipation. That was something we had never seen. In all other space battles, the enemy had a little trick up their sleeve to beat our heroes. This time, they were out gunned and overpowered, yet sheer bravery and determination win the day, not a fancy homing torpedo or a tricky move. Sheer guts was all that they had left.It's a good action film and a good Star Trek film. Not the best but still a fine finale
The Greatest Star Trek Film That Will Ever Be Made (by gavin6942)
Riker and Troi have been married in the Earth custom and are on the way to Betazed to have their ceremony on Troi's native planet. Along the way, they discover two things: a prototype android that bears a striking resemblance to Data, and a young human warrior who bears a striking resemblance to Picard in his younger days. The ceremonies will have to wait, as the Romulan Empire has been brought to its knees.Wow. That's the word to describe this one -- wow. I watched "Insurrection" not long ago, and found it to be a decent movie. For the fans who wanted to see the crew travel <more>
and explore, it was a nice treat. However, for those who paid to see it in theater... it was a slap in the face. We were treated to nothing we couldn't have seen for free on the average episode of the series. Why bother with a film if you're just going to showcase characters for no reason? "Nemesis" doesn't mess around. The Riker and Troi saga finally enters the next phase. Data's history is explored, and he goes on one of his greatest adventures yet the "free float" in space scene is awesome . Picard must face himself, the ultimate adversary... this is a film that taps into the characters' personas as much as it gives us action. There's even some romance towards the end... wait for it.Some of the other characters get sidelined Worf and LaForge are pretty minor here and Janeway from "Voyager" is brought in for no good reason. But it works. We are given the characters we want most and a story of the Romulans that was bound to happen. As great of villains as they've been, they've never been discussed to their fullest possibilities. This film changed that, thank goodness.If you're not a "Trek" fan, this may not be for you. But you probably wouldn't pick it up in the first place if you weren't, would you? If you are a "Trek" fan and haven't seen it yet, you're missing out. "Generations" was good, "First Contact" was good. But this is by far, easily, without a doubt, the best "Next Generation" film that was made... and since I do not believe they'll ever return to the series, it's the film you'll want to remember these characters in... pure brilliance. Brent Spiner, who plays Data and also wrote the screenplay, should be commended -- where was his writing prior to this one? Oh, and Wesley Crusher shows up for about five seconds, too.
the final voyage of the Next Generation crew (by mouse_robot)
Somewhere in the DVD special features, Marina Sirtis says that camaraderie of the cast is more important than the actual story. While this may make for a weaker story than I would like, I agree with her. The fun comes in seeing these characters is action again; what they're doing is somewhat less important. I suspect that many Star Trek fans feel the same way. While it would have been nice if they had spent less time trying to make Wrath of Kahn with the Next Generation crew, it was still loads of fun to see the Enterprise crew on another adventure.Having said that, I get less of a <more>
feeling of loss at the Next Generation crew going their separate ways at the end of the movie. The original Trek series rose and fell on the friendship of the crew, particularly the trio of Kirk Spock and McCoy. On TNG, it seems as if each character is off on their own trip anyway; they have adventures together but there's nothing in this cast to compare with the Kirk-Spock-McCoy triumvirate.As I said, in the end it doesn't matter terribly much. I'm basically just looking for a shiny outer space adventure when I go see a Star Trek movie. Some of them are better than others. But I pretty much like them all.Oh, and wasn't it AWESOME when the Enterprise rammed into the enemy ship?