Director – Dustin Ferguson (Ebola Rex, Angry Asian Murder Hornets)
Starring – Sue Price (Nemesis 2: Nebula, RoboWoman), Schuylar Craig (Amityville Toybox, Chills Down Your Spine), and Mel Novak (Apex Predators, Rattlers 2)
Release Date – 2017
Rating – 1/5
Back when MVD announced the Nemesis stand along release along with the Nemesis triple feature I went to their website and saw that they were handling the DVD release of Dustin Ferguson’s Nemesis 5: The New Model. I was going to request the two Nemesis blus so I thought it would be fun to review all five films.
Ferguson is a very polarizing filmmaker. His stand alone films are tough to finish. He seems to rush through projects in order to move on to the next one with not much time put into quality control. However, his horror documentaries are pretty fucking good. In fact, I would highly recommend checking out a few of them if you havent. I was on the fence about Nemesis 5 especially knowing how Ferguson is with his films and just viewing Nemesis 4.
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows a little girl, Ari, who is found and reluctantly raised by Alex (Price). As the war between humans and the cyborgs rages on she trains Ari to become a fighter to win the war for all humanities sake. **Spoiler Alert**
I wasn’t expecting a lot from this one but I was hoping it was better than the fourth installment. It wasn’t. In fact, this one was easily the worst sequel in the franchise. I don’t know why Pyun would want a sequel after 21 years but this was not the way he should have went. Honestly, this was the toughest watch to date.
The acting in this one is not as bad as the fourth film but the cast just didn’t seem to know exactly what to do for the scene. It’s almost as if they were told to film the scene and then was left without direction. A lot of the scenes they are very underwhelming and the emotional range is just not there.
The story for this one is actually an interesting and decent enough expansion of the original series but the execution is all wrong. The movie is slow paced that even the action scenes are boring. Where part four was a chaotic mess of poorly edited scenes we get scenes that are just too damn long and pointless. A good 30 to 40 minutes of dialogue and pointless scenes could be shaved and we would still be left with the story. I guess they had a run time limit they really needed to hit with these unnecessary scenes.
Finally, the film is not a bloody one but we do get an instance or two of fun make-up effects and a lot of horrible visual effects. The visuals are bad but not in a so bad they are funny tone. Overall, Nemesis 5 is a huge waste of time and a pointless entry in the Nemesis series. Pyun should have left it along with 3. Skip it.