Directed by: Tim Earnheart
Written by: Tim Earnheart
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Evelyn (Joy Park) and Astrid (Esha More) are having a few drinks to celebrate Evelyn's birthday weekend and the recent merger and promotion of Astrid to CEO. That's what Astrid seems to think until Evelyn corrects her. The merger is no celebration for her and as a matter of fact, Astrid screwed her "friend" out of the company more or less. Astrid's defense is that in the process she made Evelyn a rich woman. But for Evelyn it was never about the money. It was about trust and loyalty. Qualities that Astrid has proven she doesn't have, and deep down they both know the two women are far from friends. Tonight though, Evelyn has put her game face on and is there to celebrate. At least, that's what we're led to believe.
The meat and potatoes of Nemesis begins when Evelyn is asked what her birthday weekend plans were, to which she replies that she's going hunting through an exclusive club. Knowing full well Astrid simply couldn't resist, Evelyn promises, and hands out an exclusive invitation to the club. From Evelyn to Astrid; because that's what friends do for each other. Only the best for the woman who screwed her over, things are not quite what they seem.
With the bait taken hook, line, and sinker, Astrid arrives with her exclusive invite and very quickly asked to sign some documents. Astrid isn't a dumb woman and feels something isn't quite right, but her aggressive and competitive nature wins over and she signs. It's at this point she is knocked out and awakens in a strange room. More like an arena complete with weapons, guards, and some kind of creature straight from hell. When it's apparent this creature intends to kill her, Astrid grabs a weapon to defend herself. Will she make it out alive?
Tim Earnheart's short film is an action powerhouse that is much more satisfying than it should be when weighing its micro budget status. Disturbing props and makeups, nice lensing and some excellent sound design helped push this title far past my initial expectations. The "hunting" aspects of this production are not a new idea, and it's very clear that elements of Nemesis are inspired by other popular movies, but this is still one hell of a ride to take. Especially for anyone who simply can't resist a good action flick. There's nothing here you haven't seen before, and nothing that hasn't been done better by the more established studios. But the style and atmosphere is pure Earnheart with a focus on driving action, cool sound effects, and some awesome visual gore. Not horror movie gore, rather action movie gore.
There's something primal and satisfying watching a woman kick some ass better and harder than most men I've met. Add to that the knowledge said woman is also brilliant to boot. Nemesis is a fun, adrenaline filled creature feature of sorts, in a short 15 minute package. If you're looking for an action title you really can't go wrong here.