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Film Review: Nemesis (1992)
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Nemesis (1992). Directed by Albert Pyun. Set in 2027, Alex Raine (Olivier Gruner) is a cyborg cop for the LAPD. Raine is under orders to track down a data smuggler who is carrying information on a terrorist gang. He catches the smuggler, but when Raine tries to escape he comes across the terrorists who are also trying to destroy the data. He engages in a lengthy battle where he is very badly damaged. After several months of repairs and recuperation he tracks the terrorist leader down to Old Baja. Nemesis has its problems, inevitably because it mixes a small budget with science fiction e.g. poor quality recording, often poor looking special effects, cheesy soundtrack. Its biggest problems though in my view are its confusing story combined with an over reliance on action. It's not all awful though. Despite the confusing story it's still a somewhat interesting one, if you can figure out what's going on. Gruner comes from the Schwarzenegger acting school, but does at least have some presence. There are also a number of interesting performances, of varying quality. The limited budget is used imaginatively, and some of the effects, action sequences, locations and cinematography are surprisingly good in places. In summary it's a funny old mixture, so it's easy to see why some regard it as a cult classic. If you can weather the budget issues and story, and like science fiction, then it's worth a look. Worth noting that it's a reasonable if not fully realised attempt at Cyberpunk also. 3/5 (Average)
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