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Sci -Fi - Space Travel, Star Trek

Star Trek 10: Nemesis (2002)

Duration1h 56m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: 
Source of storyStartrek in all its forms, particularly “Next Generation”.
DirectorStuart Baird
Writers/ScriptJohn Logan )story John Logan, Rick Berman, Brent Spiner)
StarringPatrick Stewart, Johnathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Tom Hardy, Ron Perlman, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, Whoopi Goldberg, 
RatingsIMDb: 6.4 by 74228 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 38% by 170 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: The Enterprise-E is directed to the Romulan sector where the Romulans wish to negotiate a peace treaty. Whwen they get there the reason for the change of heart becomes apparent. The Romulans have a slave race who inhabit some planets called the Remans and who are led by Praetor Shinzon. actually a clone of Luc Picard, but abandoned by the Romulans when he ws young. Shinzon needs Picard to survive, but he intends to use a super weapon to wipe out the Federation. 

Content: There is just a bit of sex but no nudity, the sex involving some illusions with unpleasant results. The First Lieutenant and the Councelor marry. The Remans look very vampirelike and cannot tolerate bright lights. Some wine is drunk. An away team land on a bleak planet and ride about in a dune buggy. Once Shinzon gets into his stride the Enterprise and Shinzon’s space ship, Scimitar, face up to each other with much duelling with photon torpedoes and when warriors beam aboard each other’s space ships a lot of fighting with phasers set to  kill.

A View: I have alwys been a bit of a Star Trek fan (as opposed to being a Star Wars fan, which I am not) but somehow the unsubtle approach taken by the script here does not quite fit the bill, with finally far too much zapping with phasers and then the crashing of one space ship into another, although some of the critics liked this. It almost certainly did not make any money and some of the cast were critical of the director. Tom Hardy was depressed by the outcome, which should have been his break out film. So in my view not really a watch except for die-hard trekkies.

Additional Info: A lot of scenes were cut, including dialogue featuring Wil Wheaton.

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