1997 / Director. Albert Pyun. Movie #27
I'm not going to beat around the bush. NEMESIS 3 was terrible. It was a hard film to take following the wonderful first instalment and the fun sequel... and then came NEMESIS 4. All expectations were abandoned with only the hope that it would be a step-up. I think it was and I am a fan of this strange cyber punk movie that builds upon an established character and takes the story into a new and unexpected setting. The African location of the middle two movies has been abandoned in favour of a futuristic, post-apocalyptic environment that more closely resembles the first movie. Sue Pace's character of Alex is now living in a future time and she earns a living as an assassin. She wanders the ruins of an abandoned city and seduces her victims before killing them. While this is technically the same female character we know from the previous movies, she is different. She is no longer a hero and has been turned into a soulless killing machine. Of the NEMESIS series part 4 probably receives the most ridicule but I don't get that. I think this instalment was a step in the right direction and it looks great. Also consider the fact that it was shot in 5 days at the same time when Albert was shooting pick-ups for his other film ADRENALIN. Using the same crew and much of the same cast (including Andrew Divoff) Albert invited Sue Price to Slovakia to shoot this sequel and what he was confronted with was a woman who had changed drastically since he had last seen her. Now looking more man-like than ever, with a physique ridiculously over-buffed Albert used her body to his advantage (her appearance is even addressed in the movie as "abnormal"). With a strong cyber-punk aesthetic Albert has Price walking around in the nude for most of the film. The sight of her having copious amounts of sex is unsettling and strangely compelling. The SFX are wonderful too and hold true to that awesome pre-CGI quality that so many of us cult filmies love. While none of the sequels ever matched the awesomeness of the original NEMESIS, this fourth chapter comes closer than the others and consider that it's a quick knock-together movie and there's a lot more to appreciate about it than people give it credit for. I also think it closely resembles another Pyun movie called OMEGA DOOM. The setting and storyline are very closely related... so much that OMEGA DOOM (filmed around the same time) could have easily been NEMESIS 5 (although I like Omega as a stand alone).