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:: Star Trek: Nemesis

Star Trek Nemesis is the tenth instalment in the hugely successful Star Trek story. After years of travelling the universe, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) sees the potential break up of his Starship Enterprise crew. Officer William T. Riker (Jonathon Frakes) is soon to assume the captaincy of the U.S.S Titan and has just married the Enterprise's Counsellor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis).

After the wedding in Riker‘s native Alaska, the Enterprise is en route to Troi's homeplanet of Betazed when it is diverted in order to investigate the recent political upheaval on Romulus and the promise of a Romulan peace treaty with the Federation. Upon arrival on Romulus, Picard and his crew learn that the new leader or 'Praetor’, Shinzon (Tom Hardy) is a human replica of Picard, originally bio-engineered by the Romulans to be substituted for the captain as a weapon against the Federation.

Long time Star Trek fan (and Gladiator screenwriter) John Logan has also created a doppelganger for the eminently likeable Data (Brent Spiner) - an android prototype double unapologetically called ‘B4’. Like many of the Star Trek films, Nemesis deals with questions of what it is to be human. The cycle of human life is explored in the actions of the wedding between Rika and Troi, the pseudo father/son rivalry between Picard and Shinzon, the brotherly love between Data and B4, the death of a much loved crew member and the ensuing wake.

Star Trek Nemesis plays out like an intergalactic soap opera, a bit light on in the action department. The narrative centres on the interactions and complexity of the characters and any knowledge we have of Shinzon's desire and power to annihilate earth fails to build any real tension. If this really is the end for the Enterprise and her crew, maybe it's time an enemy laser actually found its target and that the regulation malfunction of the force field finally proved detrimental to all onboard. The many references and visual reminders of past Star Trek films make this film entertaining enough, but Nemesis contains none of the epic qualities one might expect from the Gladiator screenwriter and consequently is for hardcore trekkers only.

Screening on general release.