regret reviewing Star Trek: Nemesis, the tenth
installment in the “Star Trek” series. This is because of the fact
that such a wonderful, long-living series has just died in our very
hands. To make nine movies, all of the same concept, and have them
do well is amazing. This is something that the makers of the “Friday
the Thirteenth” series failed to do. I was excited about seeing
Star Trek: Nemesis, but now I am in a state of
tremendous disappointment. All of this is not to say that the latest
installment is agonizing, but simply does not live up to the high
stakes that the other films in the series have set for it.
Nemesis will definitely please all trekkers, and some casual
audiences, but it is lacking originality.
One of the other and
most predominant problems with Star Trek Nemesis is the
way that it executes. The filmmakers attempt to change the regular
“Star Trek” formula, and try to replace it with more mainstream and
less thoughtful material. This might benefit teenage viewers, who I
believe will find it boring, but doesn’t help the flick at all. The
once exciting action now seems pointless and redundant, and lacks
the charm that the battle scenes the first few movies contained.
There is no true substance to the material in Nemesis,
just constant usage of boring clichés. What this film needs is a
better understanding of what its viewers want. We feel as though it
has no purpose, and are uninvolved in the characters hopes and
interests; as well as the entire motion picture.
As for the special
effects – I’m not that impressed. It seems as though they are of no
significance to the story, that’s intelligence is covered up by
unoriginal material. The visuals are good, but we are never blown
away by their presence; as I was with this year’s Star Wars
Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Spider-Man.
The typical blow-ups and computerized characters are well-done, but
don’t work with the plot’s premise. When making a movie, filmmakers
must decide whether they want it to be judged by its visual effects,
or its story. Attack of the Clones decided that special
effects were what made good, which is true and respectable; but
Nemesis has not made this decision yet, and no longer
has this ability. It is a worthwhile one-time rental but is
certainly not any type of thought provoking cinematic achievement.
Nemesis’ mediocre taste in the growing science fiction genre,
trekkers will be pleased. Without full knowledge of each of the
characters, it’s hard to enjoy. There were several jokes that I
didn’t pick up on, felt unwelcome to, and just didn’t like because I
wasn’t familiar with several of the various personalities’ profiles.
The tenth installment of the “Star Trek” series may give many
average movie-goers their money’s worth, but it cannot live up to
any critical standards. I liked some of the characters, such as the
dark and villainous Shinzon, but I won’t go so far as to say that
they were well-written. The plot reminded me of Return of
the Jedi, and it encases a few “Luke I am your father” type
situations and confrontations. These might not be obviously seen by
the average person, but do show through in the script an enormous
amount of times.
If you are a fan of the
“Star Trek” series, or are a hardcore trekker, you will most likely
enjoy Nemesis; and should see it while in theatres.
But, if you are the average viewer, or don’t know anything about the
other movies, you are better off seeing this one on DVD or not even
considering it. Don’t go expecting your average “Star Trek” movie
either; this film, in particular, is especially like the television
series. I admittedly, do think highly of the
other nine flicks in the series, but Nemesis is just a
plain waste of time. Too many studios just aren’t putting enough
work into sequels, and just think of them as get rich quick schemes.
This leaves me all the more excited to see The Two Towers
on Wednesday. It was shot at the same time as the first in the “Lord
of the Rings” trilogy, and I’m interested to see if it is a worthy
follow-up to the beautifully done Fellowship of the Ring.
Nemesis certainly doesn’t come anywhere near
The Wrath of Khan.
-Danny, Bucket Reviews