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Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , on December 31, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

The Japan Self Defense Forces lift the remains of Mecha-King Ghidorah from the ocean. Using the armor and robotic technology that the Futurians gave them, they create Mechagodzilla, a super weapon that they hope will finally kill Godzilla.

On a mission to an island in the Pacific, a Japanese team comes across a dinosaur egg. They take the egg and attract Godzilla and Rodan after stopping the fight that they are engaged in. The egg is taken back to Japan where it hatches into BabyGodzilla. Godzilla appears in Kyoto to rescue the infant Godzillasaur, but Mechagodzilla battles Godzilla, defeating him. However, Godzilla uses his nuclear pulse, shutting down Mechagodzilla. Godzilla shoves Mechagodzilla and continues searching for BabyGodzilla, though he is hidden by G-Force scientists in a room that blocks off his psychic mind waves. Godzilla gives up and returns to his ocean home, but not before destroying the island.

Tests on BabyGodzilla reveal that he has a second brain in his hips that control his legs and tail. The JSDF assume that the same goes for Godzilla, since Godzilla and BabyGodzilla are both Godzillasaurs. They decide to use BabyGodzilla to bait Godzilla to them and use the G-Crusher, a system designed to destroy Godzilla’s second brain, on the mutant dinosaur. Instead Rodan, now transformed into Fire Rodan, is attracted to the bait as well and fights the JSDF attack aircraft Garuda and defeats it. He turns his attention to Mechagodzilla and attacks, losing horribly, being no match to the super weapon though he does disable Mechagodzilla’s right eye laser cannon. Godzilla then shows up and starts to battle Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla combines with Garuda and turns into Super Mechagodzilla and uses the G-Crusher on Godzilla. Godzilla is killed, but is revived when Fire Rodan sacrifices himself and transfers his remaining life energy to Godzilla. Godzilla is enraged by Rodan’s death and uses his newly acquired spiral atomic ray to destroy Super Mechagodzilla as revenge.

Godzilla then adopts BabyGodzilla as his son and they both swim off into the ocean to find a new home.

REVIEW:

 Just to be clear, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II is not really a sequel to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla is mentioned, but for the most part, this film seems to separate itself from the earlier film. I think the fact that this was made in the early 90s, when there was renewed interest in making Godzilla films, may have had something to do with that, though.

When to comes down to it, let’s face the facts, Godzilla flicks aren’t know for being the greatest in terms of storytelling. 99.9% of people who go to see a Godzilla picture, go to see the giant lizard, and could care less about the humans, not to mention what passes fr story.

Unfortunately, filmmakers seem to think that we actually care about the people in these flicks. How delusional can they get?

Different from other Godzilla films, this one doesn’t quite make the big, green lizard seems so much like a bad costume. He, along with the baby, looks like bad rubber balloon versions.

The special effects are what you would expect from this franchise. This is a bit of a letdown, though, when you consider that the first film came out back in the 60s and this was released in 1993. There should be some obvious upgrades there, but that isn’t the case.

For those of us out there that are fans of Godzilla, this is more of a smack in the face, as are all the Godzilla films that were released in the 90s. For the rest of you, this is not the Godzilla film to see. Go check out the REAL films that were released in the 60s and 70s. Those are the ones that showcase Godzilla.

2 out of 5 stars

Son of Godzilla

Posted in Classics, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , on December 23, 2008 by Mystery Man

 

PLOT:

A team of scientists stationed on Sollgell Island attempts to perfect a weather control system. Their efforts are hampered by the presence of giant praying mantises and by the arrival of a nosy reporter. The first test of the weather control system goes awry when the remote control for a radioactive balloon is jammed by an unexplained signal coming from the center of the island. The balloon detonates prematurely, creating a radioactive storm that causes the giant mantises to grow to enormous sizes. Investigating the mantises, now called Kamacuras, the scientists find the creatures digging an egg out from under a pile of earth. The egg hatches, revealing a baby Godzilla. The scientists realize that the baby’s cries for help were the cause of the interference that ruined their experiment. Soon Godzilla himself arrives on the island, incidentally stomping the scientist’s base as he rushes to defend his son. Godzilla kills two Kamacuras during the battle, while one manages to fly away to safety.

The baby, named Minilla, quickly grows to about half the size of his father, and Godzilla instructs the child on the important monster skills of roaring and using his atomic breath. At first, the baby has difficulty producing anything more than atomic smoke rings, and Godzilla threatens his own son that he will punch him. But Godzilla discovers that stressful conditions, such as stomping on the baby’s tail, produce a true radioactive blast. The baby comes to the aid of Riko when she is attacked by a Kamacuras, but inadvertently awakens Kumonga, a giant spider. The spider attacks the caves where the scientists are hiding, and Minilla stumbles into the fray.

Kumonga traps Minilla and the final Kamacuras with his webbing, but as Kumonga begins to feed on the deceased Kamacuras, Godzilla arrives to save the day. Godzilla saves his son and they both defeat Kumonga by using their atomic breaths on the giant spider. The scientists finally use their perfected weather altering device on the island and the once tropical island turns into an Arctic wasteland. Godzilla and Minilla begin to hibernate as they wait for the island to become tropical again. This act of love really shows that Godzilla cares for his son. The scientists are then saved by a submarine.

REVIEW:

I’ve always loved the Godzilla films (not counting the later “modern versions”). I had always heard about this one, but never actually had the chance to see it until today.

While there are no major stars to speak of in this film, the creatures more than make up for that. Besides, they’re the real attraction anyway. The Gimantis(Kamacuras) seemed to be cool at first, until they were shown beating up a defenseless baby Godzilla (Minilla). I was glad when Godzilla came and burned them and the final one was webbed and killed by Spiga(Kumonga).

This being a Godzillafilm, you knew there was going to be a big face off at the end, either with the scientist and some kind of military or another monster. Once Reiko and the professor brought up the Spiga, it was obvious who it would be, even more so when it took him a good long while to climb out of his pit. The Spiga reminded me of Aragaog from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, only he wasn’t trained. There was a moment there I was wondering if he was going to win out, but father and son teamed up and overcame the giant spider which was very touching.

The baby Godzilla was a cute little guy, made even more so by the music that was going on during his scenes. It was quite obvious the actor in the suit watched some babies playing.

What can I say about Godzilla? This film brings out a softer side of him, but he’s still the Godzilla we all know, even if his suit looked a little odder than normal. The ending scene where he embraces the baby while the snow is falling is a touching, heart-warming, moment.

This is not your typical Godzilla film, so don’t expect a lot of destruction. However, you can expect a good film, if you can get past the dubbed English. Watch and enjoy!

4 out of 5 stars