Star Trek: Nemesis Parent Guide
This final voyage for the heroic, Next Generations Starship crew contains the expected ammo exchange, plus a message about being responsible when making choices.
Parent Movie Review
While Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) are getting married, something is going wrong in the hostile Romulan Empire. A new leader named Shinzon (Tom Hardy) has come to power in a military coup and might pose an unstable new threat to the Federation. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his crew are dispatched to Romulus to meet him, but they aren’t ready for what they find: it seems Picard and Shinzon have more in common than anyone would have expected…
Since this is the last film to feature the cast of The Next Generation, it has some significant advantages. First, the screenwriters can kill off any characters they want, since they don’t have to worry about complications in the TV show or future films. Second, the movie comes over a decade after the show first aired, and special effects are considerably more sophisticated now than they were in 1987.
Despite those advantages, this isn’t the strongest film in the franchise. The plot is trying to dissect the old nature vs. nurture debate and while almost succeeds, it doesn’t do justice to the more dramatic intergalactic consequences the story entails. I’m not usually one to criticize a film for over-focusing on character development, but when it has two characters undergoing functionally identical plotlines, you get the feeling the movie could have cut one of the arcs and added some scope beyond the ship.
All that said, this is one of the Star Trek movies I’ve liked the most. Maybe it’s Tom Hardy’s slightly awkward acting, maybe it’s the improved CGI, maybe it’s just that I am in love with the design of the Enterprise E, but whatever the reason, I just think this movie is a lot of fun. The Next Generation cast has had the benefit of a lot more time together than the original series cast, and the chemistry works really well. Patrick Stewart is always worth watching, which helps too.
As a family film, this may be a little violent for some audiences, but it compensates by having no profanity whatsoever. That’s unusual in any movie, let alone a big action/adventure sci-fi franchise like this. There is no drug use, minimal drinking, and the only sex occurs between married adults, which is unusual for the franchise. Parents will want to note that there is a scene where an alien enters a woman’s mind, making her think that he is having a sexual relationship with her. This causes real emotional suffering for her and might be upsetting for some viewers. The protagonists are excellent role models, devoted to their friends and families, and determined to work hard and protect the ones they care about. It’s unfortunate that this is the last film from TNG, but all good things come to an end.Directed by Stuart Baird. Starring Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes. Running time: 116 minutes. Theatrical release December 12, 2002. Updated September 24, 2019
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Star Trek: Nemesis
Rating & Content Info
Why is Star Trek: Nemesis rated PG-13? Star Trek: Nemesis is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sci-fi action violence and peril and a scene of sexual content.
Violence: A room full of people is turned to dust. An android is shown in varying stages of disassembly. A man cuts himself to provide a blood sample. There are several shootouts and fistfights, which are largely non-graphic. Several people are blown into space after a bulkhead comes off. An individual is kicked to their death down a long shaft. An individual is impaled on a large metal spike. A ship explodes, killing all aboard.
Sexual Content: A married couple is shown passionately kissing in bed with no nudity. There is a brief scene implying telepathic sexual assault, but nothing is really explained.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Individuals are shown drinking champagne at a wedding. An individual complains of a hangover from consuming to much Romulan ale, presumably at the bachelor party, although this is not shown. Individuals are shown sharing some wine.
Page last updated September 24, 2019
Star Trek: Nemesis Parents' Guide
Data and B-4 are functionally nearly similar, but their personalities are very different. Why do you think that is? What do you think makes Data who he is? Picard and Shinzon also have a great deal in common, and yet behave completely differently. How much of that do you think is due to their upbringing? How much is due to their own ideas? Do you think two people with identical DNA would be the same no matter how they were raised?
The most recent home video release of Star Trek: Nemesis movie is April 30, 2013. Here are some details…
Blu-ray Release: Star Trek: Nemesis
Release Date: 30 April 2013
Star Trek: Nemesis releases to Blu-ray with the following extras:
- Audio Commentaries
- Still Galleries
- Theatrical Trailers
- Library Computer Interactive Trivia
- BD-Live Content
Releasing on DVD: 20 May 2003
Star Trek: Nemesis releases on DVD with the following bonus extras:
- Four featurettes: New Frontiers: Stuart Baird on Directing Nemesis, A Bold Vision of the Final Frontier, A Star Trek Family’s Final Journey and Red Alert: Shooting the Action of Nemesis
- Seven deleted scenes: Chateau Picard 2267, The Time of Conquest, Federation Protocols, A Loss of Self, Turbolift Violation, Sickbay Prepares for Battle, Advice for the New First Officer
- Photo gallery
- Deep Space Nine DVD preview
Related home video titles:
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek VII: The Undiscovered Country, and Star Trek: First Contact are the best examples of earlier films in the franchise. More recent entries include Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Star Trek: Beyond.
I, Robot, starring Will Smith, looks at many of the questions Data has had about himself, namely, what it means to be human.
2001: A Space Odyssey has a darker look at overreliance on artificial intelligence, and what can happen when things go wrong.