Have you ever seen a trailer that looked so bad ass that you spent months trying to find the movie… only to be pretty disappointed that you wasted so much time looking for it?!? Well then you know how I feel after seeing the 1993 cyborg action flick Nemesis starring Olivier Gruner. I picked up on the movie a few months back when I saw the trailer at the beginning of another action flick (it’s been so long I don’t even remember which one it was). After months of looking and finding versions in a couple different languages I finally came across the English version and I was pretty geeked to see it. Explosions and cyborgs set in the near future, what could possibly go wrong?
Alex Rain is an LAPD cop, a former inmate, and a junkie otherwise known as a “speedloader”. He was recuited by the commissioner Farnsworth (played by Sci-Fi B movie legend Tim Thomerson) to take on the growing cyborg population who threaten mankind. But after a few close calls and some surgeries which make him part cyborg he decides to hang up his badge and focus on strictly being a junkie and smuggler. After a deal goes bad Alex is badly injured, but Farnsworth comes to his aid and LAPD puts him back together… along with s special surprise, a bomb in his chest!! (nice boss huh) Farnsworth tells Alex that he has lost plans for a secret US/Japan security summit and if Alex doesn’t retrieve them in 3 days the bomb goes off and not even all the King’s horses and all the King’s men can put him back together again! The problem is the plans were stolen by Jared, Alex’s ex-boss and former lover! (yes Jared is a girl and a cyborg – CREEPY)
Alex travels to Shang-Loo to meet with someone named Julian who knows where Jared is, but he soon realizes that things aren’t what they appear to be. Upon finding Julian she lets Alex in on the big secret, that he is being tracked and Farnsworth plans to explode the bomb in his chest when he reaches Jared. But Jared is already dead and only her mind and soul live on in a 2GB SD memory stick. Luckily Alex can talk to her by plugging the memory stick into a Sony PSP. Jared fills him in on a major plot perpetrated by Farnsworth who has been replaced by a “synthetic” which cannot be detected by scans. He works for a group of people who plan to replace all humans with cyborgs. Jared needs to be delivered to the Red Army Hammerheads on the top of the volcano before the bomb goes off in his chest!
When I first watched this movie I thought it was terrible! It didn’t make a lot of sense, and every angle was confusing. They would have a 10 minute scene and then immediately jump to 6 or 12 months in the future. It just didn’t give you a lot to hold on to. I had to go back and watch it again just to pickup on the parts of the story that I was missing. Still, the beginning was extremely slow, but the second half picked up and contained most of the action that is in the trailer. On his trip to the volcano Alex is helped by a girl whose name I’m sure was Maxi-Pad… but I later found out was called Max Impact. I was also sure she was played by Lori Petty, but I ended up being wrong about that too. She works for the leader of the Red Hammerheads played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa who I immediately recognized from Mortal Kombat, Rising Sun and one of my favorites, Showdown in Little Tokyo. (I got that one right!) I can see why Nemesis has a cult following and why 3 other Nemesis movies were made. Most films set in this type of world offer some interesting twists to the genre, but this one just didn’t offer anything new. The action makes up for a lot, and while my original “terrible” grade wasn’t quite accurate, I’ll say it was decent but nothing I would watch again. I’m sure there will be some people who disagree with me and I welcome others to watch it and share their opinions. I give Nemesis 2.5 gun toting grandmas out of 5.