Pierce Brosnan had only done a handful of films in 1982 when he landed the role of Remington Steele in the TV series of the same name. The show made him a star and a household name even leading to requests that he play none other than James Bond himself. He didn’t end up doing that until much later due to scheduling conflicts, but he did manage to make many very interesting and varied movies between the end of Remington Steele and his debut as Bond in 1995. One such movie made right at the end of Remington Steele’s run was John McTiernan’s Nomads, out now on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.
Jean Pommier (Brosnan), a French anthropologist who has just moved to Los Angeles, has been pursuing a myth about urban nomadic spirits when he is bitten by a madman and is rushed to a nearby ER. Before succumbing to his injuries, he psychically transfers all the information about the nomads to ER doctor Dr. Eileen Flax (Lesley-Ann Down). Now haunted by Pommier’s memories of his last days, Flax tries to piece together the mystery of the Nomads and put Pommier’s search to rest.
Nomads is a very strange, hypnotic and dreamlike film. McTiernan, more well known for his action films Die Hard and Predator, infuses Nomads with a hallucinatory feel that is very effective and sticks with the viewer long after. The pace is slow and methodical, the cinematography dreamy and eerie, and the performances by Down and Brosnan are both excellent. While Nomads is not for everyone it is a fascinating story of urban mythology and a hauntingly creepy film brimming with a unique feel.
The new Blu-ray edition of Nomads comes with new and interesting interviews with Lesley-Ann Down and composer Bill Conti as well as some trailers and stills. If you are looking for something different and are a fan of atmospheric and off beat thrillers, Nomads is definitely recommended.