Star Trek: Nemesis

Star Trek: Nemesis is the tenth Star Trek film and according to the fans (also known as Trekkies and various other derogatory terms for single, spotty men going to conventions dressed as Klingons), there is an unwritten rule that the odd numbered films are bad and the even numbered films are the good ones. They donít get out much, but according to their theory then this one should be a good one.

The film starts with the wedding between Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) after which the crew of the Enterprise will be going on their separate ways.

On the journey back, the Enterprise is ordered to cross the Neutral Zone and enter Romulan space due to a tantalising hope of obtaining a diplomatic peace treaty with the violent Romulans. It seems that after years of internal conflict, Shinzon (Tom Hardy) the new Romulan leader appears to be extending a hand of friendship towards the Federation via Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart). Itís almost as if Shinzon is more interested in Picard then the Federation itself.

It turns out that Shinzon is the product of an abandoned Romulan plot to replace a key commander within Star Fleet with a clone. Shinzon is Picardís clone, created for the replacement mission but after it was abandoned he was cast into slavery in the dilithium mines on Remus. Enduring beating and torture within the mines for years, Shinzon, with the assistance of a fellow slave (Ron Perlman completely unrecognisable as Shinzonís Viceroy), managed to escape and finally reach the position of the head at the Romulan government. The reason for this momentous climb and survival stemmed from the genetic signature of Picards insists.

Picard isnít the only one with a doppelganger as an away team discover another android made in the exact likeness of Data, called B4, an early prototype of the Enterpriseís science officer.

After confrontations and mysterious happening onboard the Enterprise, Picard realises that Shinzon interest in him isnít to make a peace treaty, but because he needs Picards DNA to stay alive. Shinzon needs to stay alive to complete his plan to destroy the Federation by eliminating Earth with a powerful new weapon, which in turn would allow the Romulans to just walk in and take over the remnants of the Federation.

Picard faces not only a battleship with a cloaking device and with more fire power than the Enterprise, but something that is much more dangerous Ė a younger version of himself, with the same determination and ability to anticipate his every move.

The premise of Star Trek: Nemesis is good, but it could have been executed much better. One of the flaws is that the younger version of Picard, although portrayed well by Tom Hardy, just doesnít come across as being an equal to Picard. It could have been much better with Patrick Stewart in dual roles.

The film does tend to drag a while during the first half, but it makes up for it with a great climax battle between the two captains and their respective ships. This battle is marred by the fact that many of the key moves are shown in the trailer so itís fairly predictable. Speaking of predictability there is a certain event that although blatant, might come as a shock to the unawares, lets just say if you are going to have a characters termination, make sure that thereís a loop hole!

The performances are good as expected, after all the actors have played these characters in film and a steady stream of TV shows over the last few years so no real revelations.

Overall, Star Trek: Nemesis holds true to the even-numbered-film-good rule, with an interesting concept based around the fact that a man is created by his environment and experiences and that no two men are identical, even if they were created from the same material. It achieves all this even though it plays more like a TV show then a feature film at times.

The film is less of boldly going where no man has gone before and more of boldly going to comforting horizons for the fans, with a smattering of in-jokes. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Score 6/10