Nemesis (1992)

Co-written and directed by Albert Pyun, Nemesis is an American cyberpunk action movie which stars Olivier Gruner, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brion James, and Tim Thomerson. It would go on the spawn three sequels: Nemesis 2: Nebula, Nemesis 3: Prey Harder and Nemesis 4: Death Angel.

The film takes place in the near future where illegal androids have become commonplace, and many criminals enhance themselves with cybernetic components to make them “more than human.”

Alex Raine (Gruner) is a disillusioned assassin/bounty hunter for the LAPD. During a routine mission, he is attacked by a group of cyborg freedom fighters known as The Red Army Hammerheads. Nearly killed by the surviving leader, Rosaria (Jennifer Gatti), Alex resists her assertion that he is a mindless robot and points out he is still  “eighty-six point five percent…human!”

After months of cybernetic reconstruction and recovery, Alex tracks Rosaria to Old Baja and kills her. His handlers show up, led by his former lover Jared (Marjorie Monaghan), who is an android. Alex decides he has had enough and leaves the LAPD, becoming a freelance hustler and triggerman.

However, unbeknown to Alex, his LAPD bosses are just letting him run free for a while and after he is shot and badly wounded on a job, his old boss, Commissioner Farnsworth (Thomerson), has him kidnapped and brought in for one final assignment.

According to Germaine (Nicholas Guest), Jared has stolen vital security information regarding an upcoming summit between Japan and the United States, and must be stopped before she leaks the plans to the Red Army Hammerheads. Alex is told by Farnsworth that a bomb was implanted in his heart during his latest repairs. He is given three days to find Jared before she meets with the leader of the Hammerheads, Angie-Liv (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa); otherwise, the bomb will detonate and kill him…

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