Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Star Trek: Nemesis


Dir: Stuart Baird (U.S. Marshals, Executive Decision)
Regular Cast: Patrick Stuart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis
Additional Cast: Tom Hardy, Ron Perlman, Shannon Cochran, Dina Meyer
USA, 2002

Originally Seen: At the Kingsway rep theatre after it's theatrical release

Revisited: April 26, 2009

Reason to Revisit: For the Countdown to Star Trek Movie Marathon

Out of all the Star Trek films, Nemesis is the one I'd seen the least, only one time I had in fact and speaking honestly I fell asleep when I saw this in the theatre. My opinion of it wasn't very high and after revisiting hasn't changed at all.

In terms of calender time line, it comes after Voyager Series concluded so I was surprized it was so dark. For me, it went too dark. The premise, location, and dreary and it even casts a dark light onto regular characters so we question them which is risky business considering that for fans doing so is questioning characters that the viewer could have been have spent 15 years of getting to know through the shows regluar season then afterwards in syndication and throguh films. As a fan, I wasn't buying the ideas that were presented that felt as if they contradicted what had been built up after so long. Also, there was a lof of putting the characters through harsh things which felt unnecessary but beyond that many of the conflicts or ideas that were presented as morale connundrums were already explored in "The Next Generation".

Overall, I found it too sinister. Star Trek has a great history of showing a hopeful, ideal oriented world so when it lets in the shadows I become less interested. That isn't why I watch and love Star Trek. I always felt that Nemesis was an odd way to end the series of films, being so dark and unlike the majority of the series that came before it.

Even after this viewing, I had no idea that Viceroy Vkruk was Ron Perlman. None.

Shannons's Overayll View:

I didn't love it
I'll rarely watch it again
I'd recommend it for those that like the darker side of Trek

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© Shannon Ridler, 2009


Suzie Ridler said...

The only thing I liked about this one was asking the question, what would I never do? To see your own blindspot was an interesting concept but you're right, not a good movie. And it was dark but then they got all safe about Data which felt very cowardly to me.

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge Star Trek fan and pretty much loathe this film. Full of the characters doing stupid things - they know the emergency transporter has only one beam in it...why doesn't Picard take one with him when he faces off against Shinzon? Data shouldn't have had to go after him. Data's death is entirely pointless, especially since he downloads his mind into an exact replica. They were going for a repeat of Spock's death and failed on every conceivable level.

And as you say, Perlman is unrecognisable, which is criminal. Make up shouldn't swallow the actor - and if anybody can make good prosthetic make up work well, it's Perlman. He's built a career on it. His character only exists, plainly and simply, so Riker has somebody to fight in the third act.

Roll on Friday - this is a franchise I love and it needs a good shot of energy into its dead veins.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Wow, nice one Suzie for finding a question in the film! I thought about it but couldn't anything new but that question is. They did talk about the issue though, specifically with Picard on 2 episodes... the "There are four lights!" one and the Q/heart/brawl/It's a Wonderful Life-like one.

I guess in darker times the theme of what line will you and will you not cross is very relevant.

Selfstyler, I totally agree with you about Data (huge spoiler btw!), I thought it was so silly that I didnd't even remember it happened when rewatching it as they obviously gave them a pre-emptive way out. Trying to be gutsy but with a obvious back up plan doens't create an emotional response nor intregrity.

The only reason I'd rewatch it would be to see if I can recognize Ron Perlman for his voice.

Trista DeVries said...

If I may, Shannon, but when the heck did you have time to post this?!?!?

I don't have much to add here except to say that I really, really hated this movie and at the time I was SO disappointed. It's funny how the good Star Trek movies make you jump for joy and scream from the rooftops that you're a fan, relishing every moment... but the bad ones make you flee in shame.

I'm pretty worried about the new movie. I think it'll be an awesome movie, but I don't know so much about a Star Trek movie...

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Hehe, when did I have time to post this? I've been wondering that myself :)

It's funny, now that I've seen all the films in prep for the new one it made me realize I think I'm split completely down the middle with the ones I love and the ones I don't.

When I have time (I could use some Q intervention here) I'm going to run down my pre re-watching list of fave to least fave and then how I feel about them now as well as some of the things that stood out as a whole for the film series.

Really looking forward to the new one, although I'm not sure yet how it will be. Which is always the case, in a sense.

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