A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One scene involves a married couple being intimate in bed (but no nudity). A few sexual images suggest a sexual violation committed telepathically.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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