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Nemesis 2: Nebula Reviews

A good example of what a large amount of the straight-to-video market looks like, NEMESIS 2: NEBULA is a poorly concieved, poorly constructed sequel to a movie that wasn't all that good to begin with. In the year 2077, humans have lost the war against the cyborgs. In an attempt to win back the planet, scientists use DNA manipulation to create a mutant human that can save them from extinction. Shortly after the birth of the mutant child, though, the cyborgs send a vicious bounty hunter, Nebula, to destroy the child. Realizing it is the only way to protect her, the humans send her back in time to late twentieth-century Africa, where she is raised by a local tribe. It takes Nebula twenty years to find the girl, Alex (Sue Price), who has by this time become one of the tribe's finest warriors and a leader in their war against the Wotans. Using futuristic firepower, Nebula makes short work of most of the tribe, but Alex eludes him long enough to make it to a nearby Wotan camp, where she can load up on machine guns and grenades. More evenly equipped, the two engage in a gunslinger-style showdown in the middle of camp. NEMESIS 2 is, quite simply, a terrible movie. B-movie fixture Albert Pyun (NEMESIS, THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER), who served as both writer and director, borrows from THE TERMINATOR and PREDATOR to a degree that borders on plagiarism, but still manages to deliver an uncompromisingly boring movie. (The most exciting moments come in the first ten minutes, when the original NEMESIS film is summarized between opening credits.) Alex, for a genetic superwoman, is decidedly one-dimensional: not particularly smart or resourceful, her superpowers seem limited to her sculpted muscles and her ability to stalk a wild boar; while Nebula, for a futuristic killing machine, is surprisingly inept, unable to capture an outclassed and outgunned target. Furthermore, Pyun doesn't even bother to advance the storyline, so by the end of NEMESIS 2 we know nothing more about Alex's role in the war against the cyborgs than we did at the beginning. Still, if you didn't watch the entire film you'd miss the most entertaining part: the ending credits, which list the movie's six dialogue editors and two assistant dialogue editors (a curiously large staff, considering the entire spoken script would fit on the back of a postcard), the "Homeywagon driver" (Ken Merritt), and "Pac Man" the lizard wrangler (Bob Matthews).(Violence.)