Star Trek: Nemesis

  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 116 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Lots of sci-fi action mixed in with messages about peace.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 116 minutes

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The latest installment of the Star Trek franchise, 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?

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Star Trek has a language and following all its own. 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. Such is the case for STAR TREK: NEMESIS.

The series has had its up and down moments, ranging from excellent, ("The Wrath of Kahn"), to overly silly ("Star Trek V"). It has also had its share of "we're running low on new ideas," and Nemesis skirts the edges of that 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. Star Trek: Nemesis is not a bad film, but one that will most likely only leave the ever-devoted Trekkies as the only completely-satisfied customers.

Families can talk 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.

  • Parents also should discuss the idea of forgiveness preached in the film. Why does it bother Picard so that this clone reminds him of his former self?

  • Another discussion topic may be how we deal with loss, since a major character does meet his end in this film. Why do Picard and his crew toast their fallen comrade and hide their grief?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 13, 2002
DVD release date:May 20, 2003
Cast:Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Patrick Stewart
Director:Stuart Baird
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:116 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:for sci-fi action violence and peril and a scene of sexual content

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Adult Written byGordan Freeman April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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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 anda fine plot as well. My only beef is that parts of it seem overly similer to Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.
Parent Written byPlague March 2, 2010
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Star Trek: Nemesis

An awesome Star Trek movie, and one of my personal favorites.
What other families should know
Great messages
Adult Written bySpud April 9, 2008
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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 scene, a roomful of people are exposed to weapon that instantly dehydrates them. And another scene shows a character impaled on a metal rod, and then he pulls the rod deeper into his chest. It may not be violent enough for an R rating, but I wouldn’t show it to anyone under 16.

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