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Nemesis Game (2003)

An introspective university student with an unhealthy interest in riddles and puzzles becomes involved in a sinister mind game that results in murder.

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Jesse Warn

Writer:

Jesse Warn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carly Pope ... Sara Novak
Ian McShane ... Jeff Novak
Adrian Paul ... Vern
Rena Owen ... Emily Gray
Brendan Fehr ... Dennis Reveni
Jay Baruchel ... Jeremy Curran
Vanessa Guy ... Marie
Eve Crawford Eve Crawford ... Lea
Richard Fitzpatrick Richard Fitzpatrick ... Tom
Ron Pardo Ron Pardo ... News Anchor #1
Tony Munch ... Bearded Man
Michael Kinney ... Doctor
Philip Williams ... Police MC
Victor A. Young ... Professor (as Victor Young)
J.C. Kenny J.C. Kenny ... Reporter #2
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Storyline

Sara Novak is an introverted college student with a few skeletons in her closet. Shying away from classmates, she prefers to spend time with Vern, an older comic store owner who shares her passion for mind games and riddles. But when the riddles she solves lead to the deaths of those around her, she realizes the riddles are more than a simple game..... Written by Anonymous

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The only thing more terrifying then playing it...is winning

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Canada | New Zealand | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A játék neve: Végzet See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The subway station in the movie is an abandoned station at Bay Street on the Toronto subway. At one time it was used when trains switched from the Bloor-Danforth line to the Yonge line. When that was discontinued because of switching problems, the station was abandoned. The Toronto Transit Commission rents it out for movie shoots such as this. At one point it had been made to look like a New York subway station and the TTC wished to keep it that way. However the fire department vetoed that because the material used in the "disguise" presented a fire hazard. See more »

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The destination "linen" on the subway trains clearly read OUT OF SERVICE. See more »

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[first lines]
Jeff Novak: [entering interrogation room] Hi Emily. Didn't need to be like this, did it?
Jeff Novak: "Emily Gray. First class artist, high school. Graduated Vancouver." Everything seems to have gone along swimmingly until 1995. Then, 1996 comes along, and wow. You tried to drown a little boy in a lake, out of the blue. You served 5 years on that, you're out for only one, and then this mess. You want to tell me what's going on? I mean you do right? I mean that's why you confessed. I'm all ears, Emily? If ...
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References Heavy Gear (1997) See more »

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Performed by Elbow
Written by Guy Garvey, Mark Potter, Craig Potter, Richard Jupp and Pete Turner
Published by Salvation Music Ltd
(C) Salvation Music Ltd and Warner Chappell Music Ltd
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A Cerebral Adventure
31 May 2004 | by nomadicpoetSee all my reviews

Nemesis Game is a mind-bending film filled with riddles, death, mystery, and philosophy. In it's simplest sense the film is about seeking answers and what happens when you've finally found them all. The search for answers leads Sarah Novak down a path that gets darker as it gets more compelling. The final answer seems more dangerous than it is worth, yet Sarah is so close to understanding it all. What would you do if you were offered the ability to finally make sense of the chaos of life?

The movie was written and directed by Jesse Warn. While this was Warn's first feature length film, the movie doesn't reflect that at all, but instead shows polish and an artistic approach to telling the story. Carly Pope was powerful in the lead role and showed a depth of complexity that was fascinating to watch. I would definitely love to see more of her work.

Being based on riddles, this is a very cerebral movie. It's that's your thing, as it is mine, then I totally recommend seeing Nemesis Game. Rating: 4.5/5


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