Saturday, August 02, 2014

Happy 54th Birthday Olivier Gruner! (My review of Nemesis 1992 - Full movie)

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I'm posting this movie because it holds a special place in my heart as well as today is Olivier Gruner's 54th birthday!

A retired cyborg Los Angeles policeman is forced out of retirement and is assigned to apprehend his former partner whom is smuggling data to a terrorist organization that plots to assassinate government officials. Director: Albert Pyun. Writer: Rebecca Charles. Stars: Olivier Gruner, Tim Thomerson and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

My quickie review

As mentioned, this movie holds a special place in my heart because I like Sci-Fi films, especially ones with Cyberpunkish elements which Nemesis has. Also, it's evident that director Albert Pyun is influenced by director John Woo. This movie oozes coolness/suaveness here and there from the gun-fu to the costumes. Story isn't bad either. Solid performances from Gruner, Thomerson and Tagawa plus the other elements of the movie elevate this from the standard B fare to a pretty good B movie and if I may be so bold, one of the better B movies around. It's no Blade Runner, which was super-high budget but a good solid B movie. I love the young Marjorie Monaghan. I see her next with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa in the short-lived CBS TV series, Space Rangers. Been keeping director Albert Pyun on my radar as he directed such greats as 1982's The Sword and the Sorcerer, Jean-Claude Van Damme's Cyborg (1989) as well as many others. This won't compete with Blade Runner for best sci-fi all-time, but you will be rewarded with a solid sci-fi/action movie if you have never seen it.

Enjoy! And Happy 54th Birthday Olivier Gruner!!

Full movie

Alternate Ending

(Japanese alternate ending to the 1992 science fiction film Nemesis. End stop motion fight is gone and a tag at the close)

Behind the scenes featurette

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In case you missed it, here's my review of Gruner's Angel Town:



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