1996 / Director. Albert Pyun. Movie #23
My love of Albert Pyun cannot overcome the disappointment of NEMESIS 3. As previous reviews show, I am a huge fan of the first film and while the second one bore little relation it was still a fun, action packed b-movie in it's own right. Part 2 established a new action movie hero unlike any we're seen before. Sue Price played Alex and brought us a screen presence that was new, confronting and exciting. In NEMESIS 3 she returns and her story continues... though it's a pale reflection of the previous instalment. To tie the storyline in with the original film Tim Thomerson returns as a new incarnation of Farnsworth, the ruthless cyborg who hunted Oliver Gruner's character in the first film. Now older and much hairier, Thomerson looks weary and out of place. Along with two cyborgs from the future he is hellbent on killing Alex to prevent her DNA strain from finding its way into the future. The first 20 minutes of the movie are made up almost entirely of flashbacks to part 2. Not just any flashbacks but really irritating, repetitive and aggravating flashbacks. Joining Price and Thomerson is Pyun regular Norbert Weisser who offers the only actual appealing aspect to the film. His presence on screen is always appealing to me, however, he finds himself stuck in a shit story with shit special effects and even shitter acting. The NEMESIS property had so much potential for being a strong sci-fi franchise but Pyun missed the boat on this one... though from no fault of his own. The studios have never been fair to him and this is his effort at picking up the pieces after being proverbially fucked by them. On the plus side the new German blu-ray release of the movie is absolutely gorgeous. They've cleaned the film up and present it in beautiful hi-def widescreen. It is very appealing on the eye and helps lift the movie up aesthetically. Sadly NEMESIS 3 is a sad turning point in the series.