Synopsis:A drifter due to be hung offers a deal of information about the murder of Chris's wife and child to avoid the rope. The Seven, followed by an annoying writer go hunting for answers and a killer.
In the industrial wasteland just outside of Los Angeles, circa 2027, there’s a covert war raging between the cyborgs and the humans. "86.5% is still human," insists superagent Alex (Jean-Claude Van Damme wannabe Olivier Gruner, complete with kickboxing credentials and thick Euro-warble), but as the cyborg conspiracy builds around him he discovers that humanity is more than simply a matter of flesh and blood. Borrowing elements from Blade Runner, The Terminator, Escape from New York, and The Road Warrior, and looking ahead to digital "data couriers" of Johnny Mnemonic, director Albert Pyun turns the sci-fi spy story into an engine for a visceral thrill ride of sleekly designed action sequences driven by a dancing camera and a breakneck editing rhythm. It’s a glorious triumph of style over substance, the vigorous pace leaving the story far behind and nimble set pieces belying a tiny budget with ambitious action choreography and impressive displays of property damage. Apart from a few clumsy special effects at the conclusion and the requisite collection of scene-chewing performances, Nemesis is a thoroughly entertaining piece of sci-fi trash, a classic example of cinematic energy overcoming the obstacles of plot. —Sean Axmaker
About Nemesis (1998)
Starring: Ron Perlman, Stephen McHattie, Michael Biehn, Robert Vaughn, David Kagen, Dale Midkiff, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Ralph Morris, Rick Worthy, Anthony Starke, Matthew Kimbrough, Eric Close, Andrew Kavovit, Jeffrey Asch, Caelan Biehn, Heather Holland, Marisa Perez, Al Fleming
Director: Jerry Jameson