Set in a WW III-decimated 21st-century Los Angeles in which humans compete with cyborgs, this low-budget special-effects laden thriller chronicles the attempts of a heroic fellow to clean up the town and keep the androids from taking over what's left of the planet.
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Why is it that 1950's B-Movies are respected and openly appreciated and more recent B-Movies aren't? Ok, so Terminator 2 came out two whole years before Nemesis but T2 had a big budget. I would argue that the makers of Nemesis achieved more for their money. I'm not saying it's better than T2, hell no, but as awful as it is it does have a certain charm about it. I'm a big fan of straight to video 90's B-Movies, this being a good example. It's heaped full of action, the special effects both in the make up/gore department and the computer aided stuff are pretty good and I think had CGI existed at the time and had been used it would have been extremely detrimental to the overall look of the film. B-Movies are ace and they will exist in every decade but I believe the best of them were made in the mid to late 80's and the early 90's. If you agree then chances are you've already seen it, if not check out Nemesis now. It's worth it just for the skinless cyborg scene at the end!
So apart from 'Angel Town' this was Oliver Gruner's other best known vehicle, probably one of director Pyun's best known films also. The plot is again about androids in human form and borrows heavily from many many other sci-fi films most probably the Terminator franchise.
Despite the fact this is a low budget sci-fi action flick the plot is so darn twisty. Basically its all about a cop who is part machine (body enhancements), trying to track down and stop rebel freedom fighters. These rebels are figthing against the government that are allowing a new type of android to take over which is duplicating or replacing people, or something like that.
Of course Gruner's half android character realises what is happening and changes sides to battle against the evil government assassins. These assassins are led by the wonderful low budget sci-fi master Tim Thomerson and bad guy regular Brion James, both of which give brilliantly hammy performances.
To be honest the plot is messy and confusing, so many characters and names flying about its easy to get lost at times. That aside the action is actually pretty good throughout the film with some really impressive set pieces and stunt work. Its not original by any means but there are some great camera angles, cool weaponry, plenty of squib action all coupled with a low budget visual appearance which gives that gritty and realistic look.
I must also give kudos to the neat android effects, the odd moment when someone gets blasted and we see their robotic interior. You'd think it would look terrible but its actually quite good, not stunning but very acceptable if completely unoriginal. The finale fight sequence against a mechanical endoskeleton kinda reminds you of something.
Impressive cast of character actors too I might add, Pyun always manages to get good B-list stars. I gotta admit I do like the visuals in this film, that kind of slightly colourless/washed out, cyber punk, wasteland set dystopian future. The action is way over the top but fun whilst Gruner looks good and does fit into this world perfectly.
Straight to video style nonsense that's little more than an excuse to show a bunch of hard bodies in the nip.More
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