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Nomads [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P2XMYE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 27, 2005
Format: DVD
"You, they know about you." This may be the most chilling line of dialogue ever delivered on film. It is the pivotal moment in the movie, the moment of realization that not everything we see is real. Whether we want to belief it or not, forces exist in the universe that we dismiss or ignore at our own peril.

Such is the moment of truth for Jean-Charles Pommier (Pierce Brosnan), a sophisticated, well respected anthropologist newly arrived in Los Angeles and about to embark on a new phase in his career as a professor of Cultural Anthropology at UCLA. After years of living in some of the most remote regions of the world studying the spiritual beliefs and customs of nomadic cultures, Jean-Charles is reluctant but willing to leave the spiritual cosmos of the 'primitive' for a better life with his wife in sunny California.

He soon discovers that things are no different in the urban sprawl of a major city than they are anywhere else. The very first day in their new home Pommier encounters a troublesome, unruly band of misfits driving around the neighborhood in a black van. Curious about their anti-social behavior he follows them about Westwood secretly taking notes and photos of their activities. His findings are unexpected and earthshattering. They are Nomads (hostile, wandering spirits), and his interest in them has now turned their attention in his direction. The hunter has become the hunted and poor Jean-Charles must attempt to flee from the Nomads before it's too late.

Wonderful performances abound in this film. Pierce Brosnan and Lesley-Anne Down (as Dr. Eileen Flax) are at their best in the lead roles, but it is the supporting cast that really takes this film to a higher level.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cody on January 29, 2002
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John Mctiernan's 1986 release, "Nomads", may not be a perfect film but in a genre (horror) cursed all to often with cliche, derivative story lines and stupidity in general, it is an imaginative, compelling, and suspenseful entry.
The film opens with emergency room doctor Eileen Flax (easy on the eyes Lesley-Anne Down) being attacked by a madman (Pierce Brosnan, suave even as he froths and foams) who has been hauled raving in French to the L.A. hospital where she has recently begun work after a divorce and subsequent move from Boston. Soon thereafter she begins to relive - through some kind of telepathic bond with the dead man (the nature of which is not explained) - the last few days of his life. We learn that the mad Frenchman was an anthropologist named Jean-Charles Pommier, only just settled in L.A. with his wife (beautiful red-head Anna Maria Monticelli) after a decade or so spent tracking remote areas of the earth in the study of nomadic peoples. Unfortunately, the house they have moved into was the site of a recent murder and seems to be a magnet for a gang of wild and mysterious characters (Adam Ant, Mary Woronov and others) who drive around in a black van. Pommier follows this group into the night and the mystery that brought him to the hospital in the opening moments of the film begins.
I understand that the narrative structure of the film, which shifts between past and present via the agency of the mysterious bond between Flax and Pommier, confuses many people. I hate to sound snobbish but for me this is more an indication of the general low level of the typical movie viewers intelligence than a failure on the film makers part. This is not an "easy" movie; it requires that some attention be paid and for me the reward is worth the effort.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By CrowTurtle on September 30, 2005
Format: DVD
A renowned french anthropologist and his wife move to California - a kind of semi-retirement to teach at UCLA after years of field work with native peoples from all over the world. They move into their house and find that it has been vandalized by some local riffraff (goth-like young ruffians) driving around in a van.

The instincts of the anthropologist (Jean-Charles Pommier played by Pierce Brosnan) kick in and he's on their trail - the trail of the "Nomads".

Now most of the story is actually told through the mind/memory of a medical doctor (Lesley-Anne Down as Dr. Eileen Flax). She treats the anthropologist at the hospital when he is near death from violent injuries. (this happens at the beginning of the movie). Before he dies he communicates his soul/memory to her.

This movie is haunting, intelligent, beautifully directed - very well acted and last but not least - very interesting.

Just one very cool movie!!

-CrowTurtle
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Onatah on February 4, 2004
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie about 10 years ago on VHS. I could not watch it alone or in one sitting. It scared the stuffing out of me. No, it doesn't serve up every answer neat and clean, it forces you to think. I don't care much for Adam Ant as a musician, but I think his casting here as an evil entity was inspired. The role played by Lesley Ann Downs would have been better served with a man in the role, making the blending of minds/spirits much smoother and the interactions a little cleaner. But overall, I've loved this movie and am happy to find it on DVD.
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