Alas, Nemesis Game turns out to be a film of infuriating frustration. To use the labyrinth analogy, it feels like a maze that leads only to dead-ends no matter which way one turns. It is a film where Warn raises many intriguing questions Who is behind the game? Who is doing the killings? What causes people to change and become murderers? What is The Design? What is Dennis doing back from the dead? What is the significance of the mirror? How does Emily know about Sara and her father? and leaves every single one of them hanging. The non-ending the story eventually arrives at is one of the most irritating that one has seen in a film in some time. Granted this places Nemesis Game in the company of fine works such as Blow Up (1966), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and The Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), which steadfastly refused to offer any answers to their mysteries. These others work superbly by leaving the answers to questions unravelled and hanging in audiences mind; Nemesis Game does the same but only produces a resounding thud of annoyance. Indeed, this is one of the few films where you can hear an audible buzz of irritation among audiences as they left the theatre at feeling cheated by the ending.
Compared to these other films, Jesse Warn only does a journeymanlike job in constructing the build-up of the mystery. While the film broods with a certain degree of atmosphere, there is little of an intellectual grip to Carly Popes fascination with the mystery and journey into the figurative labyrinth. Jesse Warn simply fails to do an adequate job in making his audience hunger for the answers before leaving the final clues beyond their grasp.
Warn certainly has some good actors on hand British actor Ian McShane from tvs Lovejoy (1986-94) and just before his award-winning role on tvs Deadwood (2004-6), Kiwi actress Rena Owen of Once Were Warriors (1994) fame, even one supposes Adrian Paul from tvs Highlander (1992-7), not to mention Jay Baruchel as a fellow student several years before he became a breakout name but wastes them in ill-defined roles. Indeed, Nemesis Game amounts to no more than routine video/dvd-release, one that is killed through its pretensions toward feeling that it has something meaningful to say.
Jesse Warn has not made a film subsequent to Nemesis Game and has been working only in series television.