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Godzilla vs. Destroyah/Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1995)

Cast: Megumi Odaka, Megumi Odaka, Momoko Kochi, more...
Director: Takao Okawara, Takao Okawara
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Science Fiction , Killer Critters, Kaiju Eiga
Running Time: 210 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Everybody's favorite Tokyo-trashing mutant lizard strikes again. This go-around features not only the big guy, but also his Scrappy-Doo-like companion, Godzilla Junior. On the human side, the film features a teenaged wunderkind whose father not only narrowly survived the green monster's first attack in 1954, but who also studied under famed 300-story mutant expert Dr. Yamane (who was played by Takashi Shimura in the original film). While the nuclear reactor in Godzilla's bowels (don't ask) slides perilously towards meltdown, giving him an unhealthy glow, a nefarious creature from the deep called the Oxygen Destroyer suddenly awakens from a 2.5 billion-year slumber. Soon the two are grappling in Tokyo Bay, taking out much of Yokohama's gleaming new seaside development in the process. Meanwhile, Japanese Self Defense Force unveils the ultra-high-tech Super X III, a massive flying tank-like affair featuring a top-secret freeze-ray designed to rub out city-stomping mutants. Facing competition from Hollywood, Toho Studios announced that this film would be the last installment of the series. That is until Roland Emmerich's awful Godzilla reached Japanese shores. The outrage of this inferior American import proved to be so great that Toho quickly resuscitated the series with Godzilla 2000. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

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There should be two ratings for this, as they are very different movies. by Neutron October 6, 2004 - 10:11 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Godzilla vs. Destroyah is by far the superior movie of the two as well. Here is a good rule of thumb for Godzilla movies: Men in rubber suits fighting with explosions and energy beams and buildings getting destroyed = good. Nearly anything involving subplots with humans = bad.

Also anything involving Minya Gozilla's son, the "cartoony" version is usually bad too, he is only mildly "Scrappy doo" here though.

For some reason, perhaps it's the dubbing, the human characters come across as one dimensional and forced and entirely too long is spent actually focusing on their stories rather then that of the monsters. Nowhere is this more evident then Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, a movie that features a fantastic monster and some excellent fight sequences, but nearly half the movie is consumed by tedious human subplots that are as extraneous as they are irrelevant. The final half hour of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla redeemds the movie with some seriously awesome fight scenes, but just barely... the score for this one for me is: 4 and that's from a fan, the only reason it gets so high is because of the end.

Godzilla vs. Destroyah, however is a much more interesting film, featuring monsters that at time recall Giger's Alien and is based off of the Oxygen destroyer that killed the original Godzilla. It's an interesting concept and in this case the subplot, which involves Gozilla on his way to creating his own china syndrome, is very interesting. The human characters in this movie still drag the plot a little, but not nearly so much as in SpaceGozilla, this is definitely one to see for fans of the series, and I give it an 8.

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(Average 6.73)
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