"What's this all about?" Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) asks his
clone, Praetor Shinzon (Tom Hardy), in STAR TREK: NEMESIS, the tenth in the
STAR TREK saga, a franchise in the process of self-destruction. You'll be
asking yourself the same question while watching this terminally
uninteresting think piece, a sci-fi snoozer for Trekkies, oops I mean
This badly written diatribe about the downside of human cloning moves at a
snail's pace. The only good news about the production is that it is so
darkly lit that most of it is barely visible. If I had a movie this lame,
I'd want to hide it too.
The story has the Starship Enterprise going to a "pre-warp civilization,"
where they discover the pieces of an android named B-4. As soon as they
locate its head, they realize that he is the spitting image of Data. Brent
Spiner plays both parts with panache. B-4, like an obnoxious toddler, is a
dim-witted prototype who possess a kid's fascination with the word "why."
As Captain Picard's evil clone lumbers around, trying to outsmart the
captain, the audience is left wondering what will become of a series showing
such obvious signs of senility. Certainly nothing in the movie gives us any
reason to care about the characters or the story's outcome.
"I don't know if all of this made any sense," the captain says to B-4.
B-4's responds, "I don't understand." To which you'll probably want to add,
"Nor do we care."
STAR TREK: NEMESIS runs a long 1:56. It is rated PG-13 for "sci-fi action
violence and peril and a scene of sexual content" and would be acceptable
for kids around 8 and up.
My son Jeffrey, age 13, gave it ** 1/2, saying that this was his least
favorite STAR TREK and that there was too much talking. His friend George,
age 11, gave it **, saying that he thought the problem was that they were
trying too hard.
Copyright © 2003 Steve Rhodes