Star Trek: Nemesis

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Star Trek: Nemesis Movie Poster Image
Lots of sci-fi action mixed in with messages about peace.
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 116 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Like all Star Trek films and TV shows, this story highlights the importance of diplomacy, peace, accepting differences among people (and species), and conducting research ethically. Friendship and love are also themes here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The crew members of the Starship Enterprise aren't perfect, but they are loyal to each other and to the Federation. The bad guys range from being power-hungry militants to jealous clones. The cast is from a variety of human and alien backgrounds.

Violence

Lots of fantasy violence, including phaser fights, torpedo explosions, and space craft crashes. Few bloody wounds are visible, but physical fights lead to cuts and impalement. One scene features aliens horrifically being converted to ash. Crew members are shown being shot and blown out into space. A primary cast member dies in an explosion. An implication of sexual violence committed telepathically.

Sex

One scene involves a married couple being intimate in bed (but no nudity). A few sexual images suggest a sexual violation committed telepathically.

Language
Consumerism

No direct product plugs, but Star Trek is a commodity in itself and is associated with many products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine, champagne, and alien brews (some illegal) are consumed at social gatherings. One cast member gets drunk at a wedding.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Star Trek: Nemesis, which stars the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, contains lots of sci-fi fantasy violence, including phaser fights, hand-to-hand combat, explosions, and even a fatal impalement. Only a few bloody wounds are visible, but a semi-gruesome mass death scene and the death of a main character may be too much for younger viewers. It also contains some sexual scenarios, including a brief love scene (no nudity) and some references to a telepathically initiated sexual violation. Social drinking is visible, and on one occasion gets a cast member drunk.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGordan Freeman April 9, 2008

The evan/odd theory continues to work

Star Trek: Nemesis is the 10th instalment of the Star Trek film series and as a small time Treker I can honostly say I was impressed. It had some great action a... Continue reading
Adult Written bySpud April 9, 2008

16+

I thought this movie was too violent for a PG-13 rating. While there weren’t very many violent scenes, the few that were there were pretty gory. In one sc... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old May 21, 2015

Finally a action packed Star Trek movie that is actually good.

My rating PG-13: for bloody sci-fi action, racy content, and language.
Kid, 12 years old April 19, 2013

Nemisis

I liked this tng finale.Some intense violence , naughty words , and disturbing sex(brief).

What's the story?

STAR TREK: NEMESIS continues the adventures of the Next Generation crew and their captain, Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). A clone of Picard's younger self, Shinzon, has somehow overtaken the Romulan senate and wants to make peace. Picard and his crew don't trust this sneaky "clone," and are suspicious of his origins and what they portend. Of course, treachery is afoot and the crew must stop the Romulans before they destroy or conquer, well, pretty much everything.

Is it any good?

This installment of the Star Trek franchise is not a bad film, but is one that will most likely only leave the ever-devoted Trekkies as the only completely-satisfied customers. For those who are not devotees of the series, the way the characters speak often needs to be decoded, causing the viewer to spend more time trying to figure out what the characters are saying rather then why. After a while, if the story doesn't make itself clear somehow, the viewer loses interest. 

Star Trek films have had their up and down moments, and range from excellent, (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn), to overly silly (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), but Star Trek: Nemesis is about average for the series. There's also an ongoing concern that there aren't any new ideas left, and this installment skirts the edges of that repetitive territory. There are a few good action sequences, and some solid acting from Stewart, Brett Spiner as the android Data, and Tom Hardy as Shinzon. Hardy's performance carries the movie in many of its otherwise sub-par scenes, and he and Stewart give the dialogue a lot of help. But the film is too muddled in "Trek talk" and way too overdramatic at times. Its conclusion is not just easy to predict, but laughable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the many positive messages in the film. Star Trek has always been about making peace, and one gets the sense the crew tries to use the least amount of violence necessary to accomplish this mission. Parents may want to discuss why this is, and point out Picard's constant reluctance to fight. Is fighting ever an effective way to solve problems?

  • Discuss the idea of forgiveness as it is demonstrated in this film. Why does it bother Picard so that this clone reminds him of his former self?

  • How do the other characters handle the major character death in this film? Why do Picard and his crew toast their fallen comrade and hide their grief? How do we handle grief and death in our own lives?

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