Star Trek Nemesis, DVD version
Five out of five stars
Despite the plot being based on some premises that are questionable even for Star Trek, this movie delivers. It opens with a violent coup taking place in the Romulan Empire, with a human assuming the role of leader of the Romulans. That human is most unusual, leading to anguish on the part of Captain Picard. One of the brightest moments in the entire Star Trek movie series is when Riker and Troi have a wedding ceremony. There is of course the humorous reference to the ceremony being repeated on Betazed, where the participants are by tradition naked.
Interstellar war between the Federation and the Romulan Empire looms and the Romulans are in possession of an extremely deadly weapon that gives them the capability to win that fight. In the tradition of Star Trek, the survival of the Federation is based on the actions of the crew of the Enterprise.
The action is dynamic and tense, the performances of the players are excellent, the final confrontation has many unexpected aspects. In the tradition of “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan,” one of the major characters “dies” with the clear prospect of somehow being reborn. That feature of the plot was something unnecessary to the power of the movie. I enjoyed it, even when I found an aspect frivolous or absurd.