1992 | Albert Pyun

Alex, a burned out LA cyborg cop, is forced by commissioner Farnsworth to find his former cyborg partner and lover Jared who's about to deliver sensitive data to cyborg terrorists who wish to wage war against humans. Is he being played?

Average rating   8 out of 10

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Mark Bladt     2020-12-01 8 out of 10

”Nemesis” is a sci-fi action movie from 1992. It was directed by the none other than the Hawaiian master director Albert Puyn. You may not know the name Puyn, but you most certainly know the names of his masterpieces some of which are “Cyborg” from 1989 starring Van Damme, “Kickboxer 2 – The Road Back” from 1991 starring Sasha Mitchell and ofcourse the first 4 movies in the Nemesis saga. The 5th “Nemesis” movie “Nemesis 5: The New Model” will sadly not be directed by Pyun.  

“Nemesis” might not have been made with a big budget, but it was certainly directed with a big heart. Pyun clearly loves his project and he clearly threw everything he had at the project. You can almost hear an excited “CUT!” after every scene, while Pyun with great pride created his loving homage to movies like “Blade Runner”, “Mad Max”, “Escape from New York”, “The Terminator” and many more.

The movie takes place in the future where more or less human looking cyborgs try to annihilate humanity. Alex: 50% cyborg, 50% human, 100% cop and 90% burnout is hired in the fight for the survival of humanity.

As mentioned earlier the movie does not have the biggest budget, and that is easy to see with effect shots used over and over, location that are almost exclusively abandoned factories, run down buildings, junk yards and wilderness. You could ofcourse choose to look at that as a weakness or think that it makes “Nemesis” a bad movie, but the early 90’s where filled with wonderful action movies like “Nemesis”. Movies where you shouldn’t expect greatness, but you where entertained by explosions, poorly choreographed fights, fast one-liners and stereotypical heroes and villains while you laugh, have a good time and enjoy lot’s of unhealthy snacks.   

The movie stars a surprising number of action stars I have seen before. Sven-Ole Thorsen, Tim Thomerson, Brion James and the always amazing Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and it is a pleasure to see actors like that give it their all for the week or two that Pyun could afford to hire them.

The movie has an open ending and is followed by 4 sequels telling the continued story of the war between humans and cyborgs.

My rating may be surprisingly high, but I want to give reward the passion project that is “Nemesis”.

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