Star Trek: Nemesis

Star Trek: Nemesis

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Director: Stuart Baird

Cast: Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner

     
 

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The tenth film in Paramount's highly lucrative sci-fi franchise is also positioned as the last for the entire original Next Generation crew. En route to the honeymoon of William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) to Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) on her home planet of Betazed, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise receive energySee more details below

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The tenth film in Paramount's highly lucrative sci-fi franchise is also positioned as the last for the entire original Next Generation crew. En route to the honeymoon of William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) to Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) on her home planet of Betazed, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise receive energy readings identical to those uniquely emitted by the positronic brain of android crew member Data (Brent Spiner). Upon investigation, they discover the disassembled parts of an identical android named B4, an early prototype of Data himself, now scattered on the surface of a remote world. As they reassemble B4, the crew receives word from Starfleet that a coup has resulted in the installation of a new Romulan political leader, Shinzon (Tom Hardy), who claims to seek détente with the human-backed United Federation of Planets. As commander of the closest starship to Romulus, Picard is ordered there to negotiate with Shinzon. Once in enemy territory, the captain and his crew make a startling discovery: Shinzon is human, a slave from the Romulan sister planet of Remus (the residents of which are vampire-like creatures that dwell on the perpetually dark side of their home world), and has a secret, shocking relationship to Picard himself. It soon becomes clear that Shinzon has lured the Enterprise to Romulus using B4 as bait and that his sinister ulterior motives include the destruction of Earth. A vicious battle between the Enterprise and Shinzon's powerful warship ensues, resulting in heartbreaking heroics and a devastating casualty. Star Trek: Nemesis was written by long-time Trek fan and Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan. Regular cast members Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, and Whoopi Goldberg co-star with Ron Perlman, Dina Meyer, and Steven Culp.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Using as a story template Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) -- the most popular and critically acclaimed entry in the long-running Star Trek franchise -- the tenth film in the sci-fi saga from Paramount Pictures is an entertaining, tightly paced action epic that doesn't quite live up to the high-water mark it's aping. Director Stuart Baird performs admirably given the budgetary constraints imposed by his corporate masters: the effects are fine, the sets and costumes suitably eye-pleasing, and a few performances are quite memorable, particularly guest star Tom Hardy as a scenery-chewing villain in the best Ming the Merciless/Khan Noonian Singh tradition. As usual, audiences are also treated to generous helpings of the genuinely funny, touching pas de deux that is Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard and Brent Spiner's Data, the yin-yang relationship that is at the heart of this enterprise, literally and figuratively. However, the real problem with all of the Next Generation stories remains the same. This particular incarnation is too top-heavy with characters and their respective plot lines, all shoehorned in to keep their respective costume-wearing fans satisfied. The original Trek wisely kept such day players as Chekhov, Sulu, Uhura, and Scotty mostly in the background, focusing primarily on the Freudian trio of McCoy, Spock and Kirk (has it ever been more obvious that three characters represented Id, Superego and Ego?). Here, every supporting player gets his or her moment in the sun, whether it's a couple of sarcastic quips (Worf) or an entire, energy-sapping subplot (Riker and Troi). Thus hobbled, even devoted fan and Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan is forced to glance away too often from his main storyline, a credibility-straining but satisfyingly exuberant attempt to create protagonists as fiendishly clever and personal as the series' finest bad guys, the Borg. What works in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) works quite well, and that could cause the studio to remain understandably reluctant to tamper with success. But while recycling may be good for the bottom line, it doesn't yield blockbusters. Discovery is only ever the result of experimentation and exploration, of pushing boundaries and trying something new, of literally going where no one has gone before. What could be more appropriate for Star Trek than that?

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
UPC:
0097360341249
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
2
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:56:00
Format:
Sony PSP

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Stewart Captain Jean-Luc Picard
LeVar Burton Geordi LaForge
Brent Spiner Data/B4
Jude Ciccolella Commander Suran
Jonathan Frakes William Thomas Riker
Shannon Cochran Senator Tal'aura
Alan Dale Praetor Hiran
Robertson Dean Reman Officer
Michael Dorn Worf
Tom Hardy Shinzon
J. Patrick McCormack Commander
Gates McFadden Beverly Crusher
Dina Meyer Romulan Commander Donatra
Kate Mulgrew Kathryn Janeway
Michael Owen Helm Officer Branson
Ron Perlman Romulan Viceroy
David Ralphe Commander
Marina Sirtis Deanna Troi
Majel Barrett Computer
John Berg Senator
Whoopi Goldberg Guinan
Steven Culp Commander Madden

Technical Credits
Stuart Baird Director
Cherie Baker Art Director
Rick Berman Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Blackman Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Digital Domain Special Effects
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Marty Hornstein Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Peter Lauritson Co-producer
John Logan Original Story,Screenwriter
Junie Lowry-Johnson Costumes/Costume Designer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Dallas Puett Editor
Ronald R. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
David Sardi Asst. Director
Brent Spiner Original Story,Screenwriter
Michael Westmore Makeup
Jim Wolvington Sound/Sound Designer
Don Woodruff Art Director
Herman Zimmerman Production Designer

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