The first film from Jonathan Sothcott’s newly formed Shogun Films is a heady mix of Sothcott’s usual British gangster fare mixed with a home invasion sub plot.
Shady John Morgan (Billy Murray) quietly flies back into the UK from his safe haven abroad to be celebrated at a fundraising dinner, things are going well until a grizzled cop in the form of Nick Moran turns up to inform the well-wishers the type of person they are actually celebrating, a scuffle breaks out, cameras flash and headlines are written.
The story takes a dangerous turn when Morgan pays his business partner Damien Osborne (a scene stealing Bruce Payne) a visit. The audience clearly sees that Osborne is no longer willing to be a silent partner as thinly veiled threats are bandied about due to the attention that Morgan’s arrival and its subsequent headlines has brought to their shared venture.
Shrugging off the threats from Osborne, Morgan heads off for a reunion with his brother Richie (a tired and hen pecked Frank Harper) before inviting him to join his family dinner that evening where he plans to announce his retirement and division of the family business, so far, so Sothcott.
It is at this family dinner where the plot twists start to hit one after the other like breaking waves, who are the masked men outside? Will Morgan actually retire? Will Osborne make good on his threats? What exactly is the family business? Red or white wine?
There is a lot to like about Nemesis; there are strong central female characters in the form of Morgan’s wife Sadie (Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott), Daughter Kate (an underused Ambra “granddaughter of Roger” Moore and Kate’s new girlfriend Zoe (Lucy Aarden). Bruce Payne chews the scenery in his head to head with Morgan while Billy Murray dials his former Eastender’s character Johnny Allen up to 11. For me, the best scene centres around Nick Moran’s fantastic performance as downtrodden tortured cop Frank Conway receiving advice from his local barman played with menacing yet insightful relish by the always watchable Ricky Grover.
My only niggle with Nemesis is the editing, sometimes it is too fast and you cannot see what has happened, especially in the dramatic action scenes, the next minute it is tediously slow as you wait forever for people to fire their weapons.
All in all, Nemesis is an enjoyable sub 90 minute romp, which expertly blends two genres together and I for one cannot wait to see what Shogun Films have next on their slate.
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