After years of travelling the universe preserving tranquillity and promoting goodwill, the intrepid Starship crew that Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) has long thought of as his family is breaking up. Officer William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) has married the Enterprise's Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), and now Riker will assume the captaincy of the U.S.S. Titan.
As the U.S.S. Enterprise travels from Riker's wedding in Alaska toward Troi's homeworld of Betazed, Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) detects an unusual signal from a nearby planet. A search uncovers the dismantled pieces of an android - one that might prove to be the prototype of the Enterprise's own Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner).
Back on course to Betazed, the starship is diverted once more when Picard receives a message from Admiral Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) that the Romulans, long-time enemies of the Federation, have undergone a political upheaval, and their new leader, the Praetor, wishes to discuss a peace treaty with the Federation. The Enterprise is the closest starship to the Neutral Zone; thus, it is up to Picard and his crew to respond.
Upon their arrival, Picard is amazed to learn that the new Praetor isn't a Romulan at all but a native of Romulus' sister planet Remus. Called Shinzon (Tom Hardy), the leader is neither Romulan nor Reman, but rather, in fact, a human replica of Jean-Luc Picard originally bio-engineered by the Romulans to be substituted for the captain as a weapon against the Federation. That plan, however, was abandoned long ago, and Shinzon was exiled to the dilithium mines of Remus.
But Shinzon did not disappear as the Romulans had intended. Instead, he joined the Reman Viceroy and eventually assumed military rule over his creators to become the new Romulan Praetor.
While Shinzon assures Picard that the Romulans desire a peace treaty, is he really interested in aligning with the Federation? In possession of a weapon of immeasurable destruction, Shinzon has the power to destroy the Enterprise and her crew. He even has the means to annihilate Earth. Thus Picard finds himself face-to-face with the most dangerous enemy of his life.
What the critics are saying:
"...a movie that blandly goes where too many Star Trek pictures have gone before."- Neil Smith, BBCi"...one would think by the 10th big screen outing the shepherds of the series would know better than to make a movie full of flubs."- Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDwire"...mixes fan-pleasing moments with ambitious themes, including an exploration of family, duty and the duality of good and evil."- Patrick Lee, sci-fi.com
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