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Nemesis Game (2003)

Carly Pope , Ian McShane , Jesse Warn  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carly Pope, Ian McShane, Adrian Paul, Rena Owen, Brendan Fehr
  • Directors: Jesse Warn
  • Writers: Jesse Warn
  • Producers: Alex Brown, Anna M. Stuart, Chris Brown, Jason Constantine, Matthew Metcalfe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WJBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nemesis Game" on IMDb

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Sara Novak is an introverted college student with a few skeletons in her closet. Shying away from classmates, she prefers to spend time with Vern, an older comic store owner who shares her passion for mind games and riddles. Stars Adrian paul, Carly Pop

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Film That Tried to Be More Than Just an Indie November 21, 2003
Format:DVD
After viewing this flick I had this sense that there was more to it than meets the eye or cerebral cortex...Nope. Is it entertaining and mind boggling? To a certain degree. Just don't get your hopes up. The only thing the quick and abrupt ending accomplishes is leaving the viewer cheated; Not because there should be a neat tidy happy ending but because literally the ending will have you saying "what the..."
A college girl pals around with a comic/video/music/book store owner played by Higlander's (tv series) Adrian Paul. Vern and Sara keep each other company by playing and solving riddles. However, they soon become involved in a series of deadly riddles left and led by a mysterious source. If the riddles or series of them are solved then the winner hits the jackpot by seeing what the enigmatic "design" or meaning is behind them---"see the big picture" routine (meaning of life? our universal existence? the murders? who really cares). Unfortunately, people get killed as part of the "design" and for some odd reason those who have played the game end up going nutso (or are nutso to begin with) and confessing to the murders.Unfortunately, once the viewer finds out or doesn't really find out why the killings take place (other than to continue what was started by an ancient Buddhist monk,a.k.a Nemesis) there really is nothing deep or shocking...
Also, why is it then whenever some people see an indie film they always have to read too deep into it or rave about it's greatness. When a film is bad or lacks something, it's because it is bad and lacks something...I too enjoy indie films. But, just like your mainstream Hollywood stuff some indie films cannot always escape from the fact that it was bad or lacking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie ruined by a bad ending May 16, 2004
Format:DVD
It beat my expectations I can say that much. Actually I thought it was really good while I was watching it, I was very interested in the story line and how it would end. BUT unfortunately they go ahead and ruin it with basically no ending. You are left with too many questions. It just leaves you hanging, which would be fine if they were planning on making a sequel, but we know thats not happening. So I have it at 3 stars, I took a star off because of the ending.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality July 10, 2003
Format:DVD
Nemesis Game is a smart "indie" thriller, with more-than"indie" qualities. It is the story of a young woman, Sara Novak, who is a college student. Sara (Carly Pope) spends her time at a shop with Vern (Adrian Paul). At this shop Vern and Sara play games and solve riddles. That is the basic premise of Nemesis Game.
The acting in Nemesis Game is amazing. Carly Pope is great in this film. Her facial expressions add a lot to the character. Adrian Paul, who I have never seen in anything before, is also a fine actor. He plays the character of Vern very well. Rena Owen plays the insane murderer, Emily Gray. Rena takes this film to a whole new level. Her character is so in depth that I can't picture anyone else playing it. Brendan Fehr is also great, playing the mysterious "skateboarder," but his character has much more to do with the film. Ian McShane is also great as Sara's dad. The supporting cast (including: Jay Baruchel and Vanessa Guy) are also great. I do not think this film could have been better cast. The people in charge of casting this film did a wonderful job.
Jesse Warn, first time film director, directed Nemesis Game. He did a wonderful job. He also wrote the screenplay, which is so amazing. I think a director cares more about a film, and how it turns out when they write the script. The producers of this film also do an amazing job.
The plot of Nemesis Game plays out very well. So many things that you see in the beginning of the film do not seem important, but later in the film they will play a key role. The plot also has its share of twists, and that is always great in a film. You can never guess what will happen next, and you will probably even have a hard time guessing the answers to the many riddles used in the movie.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Ceberal thriller June 21, 2003
Format:DVD
I rented the NEMESIS GAME DVD last week and I can say it is one of the best thrillers I have ever watched. It revolves around a shy college student, Sara Novak(Carly Pope), and Vern Stevens(Adrian Paul) who is an older guy who works at a comic book/riddle shop. Sara and Vern have a passion for games and riddles. Sara and Vern get involved in a game of the riddles that will eventually lead to the answer to the design of the universe. One of Sara's fellow students ends up dead and Sara (and Vern) get deeper into the Nemesis Game. The movie also stars Rena Owen (as Emily Grey who tried to kill a 12 year old boy because it was part of the design), Brendan Fehr, and Ian McShane as Detective Jeff Novak. The ending is a surprise in this well shot movie done by first time film director Jesse warn (who has directed music videos in new Zeland). This is a well acted movie that features one of the best performances Adrian Paul has given as an actor. The music score is moody too.
If you're looking for a good independent thriller that makes you think, buy it. If you're an Adrian Paul fan, buy it. I intend to buy this DVD soon because it is a good movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Deena A. McCarthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
I enjoyed this movie. Different. Psychological/Suspenseful. Kept me thinking...Also, if you like riddles, this is one for you. Not quite twilight zone, but ever so close.
Published 2 months ago by sbf
1.0 out of 5 stars did not work at all
love this movie...so i was vary upset when i got it and it did not work... hope i can find a replacement soon
Published 4 months ago by ashlee cole
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This is sort of like Exam or Cube, if you like that kind of thing. The ending could have been better. On the whole, though, pretty good.
Published 7 months ago by skjpm
1.0 out of 5 stars Leaves everything to be desired!
To begin with, without question, it is a very bizarre movie. Not enough background to the plot is provided. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gaylen Fraley
2.0 out of 5 stars Attempt at erudite fails!
I thought the show made an attempt at being very unusual and erudite, but definitely failed. Too many unanswered questions and weird situations that made no sense. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Senior Olympian
1.0 out of 5 stars "The wheel is spinning but the hamster's dead."
What has a dopey girl, a dorky guy, a desperate cop/father, a dense shop owner, two demented loons, and a dreary plot? Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by Einsatz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery thriller
This movie is great and suspenseful and will keep you guessing as to what is going to happen next.What makes it even better is that it's a true story. Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by Hawk
1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better (spoilers)
I watched this movie on television, wanted to see it because of Ian McShane. Adrian Paul was an added bonus, truly a bonus. Read more
Published on December 9, 2011 by meb32
2.0 out of 5 stars It's different -- but in a pretentious and boring way
Personally, I hate riddles - but the characters in this movie certainly love them. College student Sara Novak (Carly Pope) spends her nights wandering through seedy parts of town... Read more
Published on February 23, 2010 by Daniel Jolley
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