Nemesis

Year: 1992

Production: Shah-Jensen / Imperial

Director: Albert Pyun

Starring: Olivier Gruner, Tim Thomerson, Marjorie Monaghan, Merle Kennedy, Brion James, Deborah Shelton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Nicholas Guest, Jackie Earle Haley

Screenwriter: Rebecca Charles

94 minutes; Color


Action-packed but incomprehensible, this dresses up the old Futureworld (1976) premise of androids conspiring to take over the government with non-stop action and numerous cyberpunk riffs. A globe-trotting, deeply confused plot mainly takes Robo-Rambo Gruner to Indonesia where he's after a chip containing the personality of his ex-girlfriend, leader of a group of anti-cyborg rebels. Rather than think anything through, Gruner (another continental kick-boxing wannabe) draws a big gun and blows away people who mostly turn out to be mechanical. The prolific Pyun keeps it busy and loud and a few reliable supporting villains (Thomerson, James) get messily blasted to fragments, while the airborne ending is an acceptable cut-down of The Terminator (1984) as Thomerson's crooked cyber-cop is stripped down to an animated gadget skeleton. There are two sequels: Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995) and Nemesis 3: Prey Harder (1995).

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