Monday, September 6, 2010

The Guyver 2 (1994)

In order to find out the truth behind his new found powers, Sean Barker sets off to the mountains of Utah to visit an archaeological dig where sightings of the monstrous Zoanoids have been reported by the locals. The dig uncovers a derelict alien spacecraft that houses the secrets behind The Guyver and Sean's shape-shifting enemies. THE GUYVER 2 drops the silly slapstick and humor that hampered the first film in place of a darker atmosphere and mood that is much more in line with the original source material. While acting and writing only show minor improvements, the fight choreography in Steve Wang's action sequences have improved dramatically, and the deaths of the creatures are far more gruesome than before. Wang's own design crew has stepped in for Screaming Mad George, proving that they are more than competent as they produce equally stunning costuming and monster effects that rival the best Hollywood has to offer. The new Guyver suit is more lightweight and maneuverable, and allows martial artist Anthony Houk with a greater range of motion and control. Its features have also been exaggerated, with longer blades and increased muscle tone. Finally, the unique set designs for the alien craft that were created on the film's small budget are just as impressive. THE GUYVER 2 is a fast-paced and action-packed super-hero sequel that is a vast improvement over the original film.

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.

6 comments:

  1. I didn't like this one as much as the first movie. It was dark like the anime, but at two hours long somebody needed to take some scissors to it. The action was good, though.

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  2. I'll give you that much for sure, its not like there was a lack of filler that would have been missed =D

    I have always preferred this one, and felt that Wang really hit his stride in certain spots. Certainly captured the anime much better this round though!

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  3. I'm on the fence about the two films, honestly. Of course, I also own both of them.

    Personally, I like the original film's fun tone, silly effects and overall feeling. I mean, the guy from 'Re-Animator' turns into a dragon!

    The second film is definitely better as far as quality is concerned. That said, it is overly-long and doesn't quite feel related. I get what they were going for, but the story itself doesn't do a whole lot for me. The action is much tighter and looks more coordinated.

    They each have their high points and low points for me. Mind you, I haven't really seen the anime, so my opinion is based solely on the films themselves.

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  4. I look at them each as episodic entries in the series, where the storyarches are linked but not intrinsically tied together. I was just blown away at how awesome the costumes still are after all these years.

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  5. I liked the original but sadly admit to not seeing the sequel for fear that it would be terrible. This is a reminder that I need to watch this one soon, but I guess it's not that important to watch back to back with the first.

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  6. You could easily get away with not rewatching the first film Geof, infact you might benefit from it so that there wont be any conflicts with continuity and characters lol.. They change a lot (err.. everything) between the two films. $6 on DeepDiscount NEW!!

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