Written By: DMG
Director: John McTiernan
Producer: Elliott Kastner, Cassian Elwes, et. al.
Writer: John McTiernan
Date Released: March 7, 1986
Pierce Brosnan as Jean Charles Pommier
Lesley-Anne Down as Dr. Eileen Flax
Anna-Maria Monticelli as Veronique “Niki” Pommier
Adam Ant as Number One
Mary Woronov as Dancing Mary
Nina Foch as Real estate agent
Frances Bay as Bertril
Frank Doubleday as Razors
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Nomads follows a Los Angeles doctor, Eileen Flax (Leslie-Anne Down) who comes into contact with a French patient (Pierce Brosnan). At first, the patient may have been seen as mentally disturbed but soon, Eileen realizes that there may be more to it than that. The patient turns out to be French Anthropologist, Jean Charles Pommier. Eileen’s contact with the patient makes her start to hallucinate and live the memories of the patient.
There is no blood or gore in this film. Nomads relies more heavily on suspense and mystery.
The Grave Review
Nomads revolves around a doctor who experiences the occurrences that the French anthropologist had previously experienced. The anthropologist, Jean, is obsessed with studying nomads and even more so by the fact that they live in a metropolitan area. But his obsession with the nomads drives him to insanity. He soon finds out that these nomads are really spirits in human form known as the Einwetok, known best for being mischievous. Although the story is interesting, the film is very slow-paced and the transitions between Jean and Leslie are somewhat choppy. By the end of the film, you still may have more questions than answers.
As the story unfolds, more details come to light. However, there are scenes which are a little confusing. For example, one day, Eileen wakes up and starts to interact with Jean’s wife, Niki. It could be that Eileen is hallucinating or dreaming. Perhaps, Niki is a spirit herself and she is there in a sense. Whatever your interpretation is, there are too many assumptions that must be drawn by the viewer in order to make sense of the story. By the end of the film, Niki and Eileen drive away from the house and the nomads which raise even more questions.
In respect to the cast, the performances were subpar. This was disappointing since Pierce Brosnan is a respectable and accomplished actor in his own right. However, it is difficult to imagine Pierce Brosnan with a French accent. The acting of Leslie-Anne Down was also a bit over-the-top especially when she hallucinated.
Between the confusing cut scenes, the poor transitions between time periods and the subpar acting, Nomads is not the greatest film. To be fair, the premise did have a lot of potential, but unfortunately, did translate the story into a clear cinematic film. Overall, Nomads would not be a film that I would rush to watch again.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Nomads (1986) one and a half graves out of five graves.
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