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July 9, 2014
Unsure of what to expect, I went into Nemesis Game simply on the basis of the fact that it had Adrian Paul in it, the second Highlander.

Nemisis Game's flaw ended up being simply the fact that it was a dull film. The experience wasn't bad because the film is easy to watch thanks to a decent cast, but the fact is that there is little separate Nemesis Game from every other thriller you may have ever seen. It is a generic film which is way too short on thrills to supply any laughs, and it similarly is lacking in originality as the concept is a familiar one. It doesn't really set its aims that high at all and therefore does not have anywhere to really reach for.
Nemesis Game has a familiar premise about problem solvers who get tied up in a murder, yet that is a concept which has been done many times in better films with higher budgets. It is clear that Nemesis Game has a significantly lower budget and therefore cannot do that much, as well as the fact that writer-director Jesse Warn cannot supply sufficient fresh material to the film to separate it from every other generic thriller ever made. The fact that it maintains the presence and performances of Adrian Paul and later star Jay Baruchel are the only reasons it would really be all that notable in this age. Their performances are ok as well because they deal with the material easily. The only problem is that the rest of the film feels too artificial to stand up straight. It is hard to genuinely believe everything that is happening in the story and the lack of entertainment value does not make it any better. The fact is that despite a decent cast, the nature of the script is generic and it cannot transcend the limitations of its budget.
Nemesis Game is a film which could have had potential, but it got reduced to being nothing more than a series of generic dialogue sequences. There is little thrills and nothing but an excess of talking which packs it to the brim. The slow movement of the film and the distinct lack of genuine stimulus ends up being the central issue in Nemesis Game, and despite the presence of a good cast it is just not an entertaining film. It is not one that is hard to watch, but finding entertainment value in it does not prove to be all that interesting. Nemesis Game is just another generic thriller, and although there is nothing that you can hate about it. As a front for the talents of Adrian Paul and Jay Baruchel, it has its. But as a whole there is really just not enough to keep you watching.
Nemesis Game is just a generic film and is distinctly lacking in anything that would transcend the more generic films of the same genre. It has the presence of a talented cast, but it cannot step up and above the low standard that it aims for.
½ February 7, 2012
Interesting spin on riddles, with some dark touches, Nemesis Game really isn't bad, it's just not that great either.
September 12, 2011
Not a good movie at all.
November 11, 2010
Really don't understand why so many hated it. It made you think so much.
Just thought it was so clever. Didn't like the ending though.
August 21, 2010
i enjoyed the movie, and i could have watched it the whole night. It's just too bad, there is no real ending. That's the biggest disappointment.
August 8, 2010
An interest story of a game of riddles and clues leading its characters on a journey to insanity and murder. Lower budget than a Hollywood flick and Canadian filmed, but worth a watch. Great last scene!
January 29, 2010
Is it a game, or is it?.... lame
September 16, 2009
love the movie, up late one night turned it on and couldn't stop watching.
½ May 26, 2009
Cool idea and ending...
November 29, 2008
Quirky but interesting twist on the "death's design" concept that was decently entertaining. The film was made on a very miniscule budget, but the story and the performances help the film surpass this admitted hurdle, especially Ian McShane as the protagonist's father.
September 3, 2008
If you share my aversion to smart alecky riddles, then this is a hard movie to recommend -- but it's easy enough to sit through.
½ July 9, 2008
What can I say??

Not as bad as many here have made it out to be. The only reason I even saw this film (...that I had previously never heard of before), was strictly to watch IAN McSHANE.

I was not disappointed in the least.

IAN McSHANE was absolutely brilliant and brings an amazing subtlety to his role. He's always great to watch and for my money... an extremely underused actor.

As for the rest of the film.... Every other actor in the movie delivered strong, solid performances. These people certainly weren't being paid huge amounts of cash for their participation (as this was a fairly low budget film) but this did not mean that any of them "mailed" their appearances in.

Everyone was convincing and compelling with the parts given to them.

I was even pleasantly surprised at ADRIAN PAUL's performance (though I must admit I have only ever seen him in the HIGHLANDER Television series before this movie).

The plot was well paced and the storyline intriguing... and much like real life, not everything finishes up, tied up in a "nice neat little package" for you at the end of the film.

Anybody who expects a clear-cut, by-the-numbers, connect the dots "conclusion" or "answer" at the end of the movie... CLEARLY isn't watching the film closely enough!

This film is not going to tell you what the "meaning of life" is! The idea is that after watching the film, you might go and discuss the unanswered questions with your friends over a coffee.

No car chases... No explosions... No bar room brawls.... (sounds pretty dull, huh?) But the reality is that I was completely absorbed by the film and it's just a well written little piece with an interesting hook and solid character performances by all parties involved.

****** WARNING...****** If you're the kind of person who dislikes movies that dangle an enormous "question" as the central engine of the story and then end the movie without answering that particular question directly...

April 26, 2008
interesting movie, with very good plot, but at end could be much more better :)
April 19, 2008
Awesome thriller. it's kind of confusing, cuz they talk about the game going into history, and stuff, but it's awesome.
½ March 16, 2008
Tottakai tämä on kanadassa tehty.. ei jenkit tämmöseen pystyis!

Pienen budjetin leffa, josta hyvällä tarinalla saatin mielenkiintoinen!

Ja Carly Pope on ihanan söpö!
March 3, 2008
Really good movie except forthe end. The riddles keep you guessing and wondering.
February 28, 2008
Really fun to watch. It kept me interested, but the ending was to much of a "stop" for all the twist and turns, and suspense that got built up during the movie. Good.
February 22, 2008
Very nice idea, but the end was horrible!
January 7, 2008
Good idea but not a great film.
January 5, 2008
Brilliant idea, sucky follow-through. It's as if the writer got through most of the film, couldn't think of an ending, and decided to just kill everyone. No actual conclusion at the end. Great acting, though.
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