A review of "Star Trek: Nemesis"

Star Trek: Nemesis     (2002)
Director:  Stuart Baird.
Starring: LeVar Burton (Geordie), Michael Dorn (Worf), Jonathan Frakes (Riker), Tom Hardy (Shinzon), Gates McFadden (Crusher), Ron Perlman (Viceroy), Marina Sirtis (Troi), Brent Spiner (Data), Patrick Stewart (Picard).
     A Reman raised clone (Hardy) of a young Picard conquers Romulas and seeks to capture his unknowing genetic contributor to complete a DNA transfer that would save him from cellular break down and death but kill Picard.
     This would have made a better Star Trek: The Next Generation two parter episode.  Surprise ending to TNG aspect of the ongoing Star Trek mythology; unfortunately not a "Wow!" but a "What the f*ck were they thinking?!"  Has some nice Trek moments (Riker and Troi marry, Data finds a "brother").   On par with "Star Trek: Insurrection" not "Star Trek: First Contact" as far as quality.  
     Worth seeing for sci-fi fans, worth buying for Star Trek: The Next Generation fans to complete their ST:TNG collection.
     On a side note:  I didn't know that Ron Perlman was in this movie until I saw his name in the opening credits. I leaned over to my friend Ken (a gay man, you'll need to know this for a reason) and said "I didn't know Ron Perlman was in this movie!" Ken: "Yeah!" Me: "Who's he play?" Ken: "Close your eyes and listen." Me: "Should I move over one seat so you'll have room to drool?" Ken: "You might have to!" Then we saw him (just when you thought his voice couldn't get any deeper...digitally altered) and his "big nosferatu rat on steroids with radiation poisoning" make up and Ken leaned over: "You won't need to move. No voice could get past that face." 
     First published in 2004 on The Perlman Pages.

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