Directed By: James Crow
Starring: Billy Murray, Nick Moran, Frank Harper, Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott, Julian Glover and Bruce Payne
Synopsis: An underworld kingpin’s past catches up with him when he returns to London, igniting an explosive chain of events which ends in revenge and murder.
Review: The newly launched movie powerhouse Shogun Films unleashes the gritty home invasion/gangster thriller Nemesis starring Billy Murray. Murray who has quite the filmography behind him is best known for his role as gangster/crime boss Johnny Allen in the popular BBC soap Eastenders or as copper DC Don Beech in tv series The Bill.
Nemesis sees Murray play John Morgan an ex crime boss who is visiting his old stomping ground back in London. Even though Morgan is back temporarily his arrival ruffles many feathers and lives will be changed forever.
It’s been a while since we have seen a hard hitting gritty gangster movie and maestro Jonathan Sothcott doesn’t spare the horses in delivering a solid thriller for the first outing of his company Shogun Films.
Billy Murray and co-star Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott deliver great performances as John Morgan and Sadie Morgan. Sadie is the matriarch of the family and through thick or thin she has her families back, there is no grey area when it comes to Sadie and her family. John is the leader of the pack, an alpha who in a room can keep everyone’s attention with his smooth and charming personality, when working and taking care of ‘buisness’ John is one man you wouldn’t want to make enemies with. He is cold and ruthless.
As always it is good to see Bruce Payne on our screens and though he only has a cameo role, his presence is more than felt and you know he is a formidable force in London. Unfortunately the ONLY downside would be Danny Bear, he doesn’t play a convincing tough guy which ultimately takes away from some scenes. Frank Harper unfortunately doesn’t bring his A game, it’s like he was sleep walking through the role.
Lucy Aarden’s performance was outstanding and I do feel she will be quite busy in the future!
Nemesis is a good solid home invasion thriller which has a nostalgic 70s feel to it, you could almost visualize Charles Bronson leading a movie like this.
Another great aspect of Nemesis also plays out all the grey areas which is never really touched upon in other movies, this it leaves no room for real heroes & villains.
Overall I cannot wait to see what Shogun Films has to offer for the future, it seems to be this era’s Cannon movies!