Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is an old-school Godzilla movie–and I mean that in the best way possible. It’s not a social commentary or serious film like the original Godzilla movie. It’s the best kind of two monster face-off Godzilla movie that I grew up watching. Godzilla is portrayed here as a destructive force of nature. One that has caused incalculable destruction and loss of life to the people in Japan. In fact, two of the main characters are very strong women, one younger and one older. Both of them have lost people close to them during Godzilla’s rampages. Accordingly, the Japanese government has undertaken a high-tech project, to get rid of Godzilla once and for all. Dimension Tide, an attempt at creating a controlled, minute black hole to imprison Godzilla inside forever.
In short, I truly enjoyed Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, and I hope you do as well.
Editorial review of Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, courtesy of Amazon.com
This second film in the unofficial “Godzilla Millennium” series (which followed its return to features in Godzilla 2000) occasionally suffers from dodgy special effects, but the giant lizard puts on enough of a show to please his longtime fans. The premise involves a special anti-Godzilla team’s efforts to rid Japan of the atomic menace by means of Dimension Tide, a satellite device that would create an artificial black hole in which to trap the monster. A failed attempt, however, mutates a common dragonfly into a horde of giant prehistoric bugs that evolve into the colossal Megaguirus; the pair naturally face off in a city-wrecking battle while the team works against the clock to repair Dimension Tide and hold Godzilla captive forever.
Though his special effects team occasionally lets him down with some shoddy creations (especially the pre-Megaguirus dragonfly swarm), director Maasaki Tezuka (who has since helmed the majority of subsequent Godzilla films) delivers a fun and action-packed feature with an exciting final showdown that should please G-fans. Columbia-Tri-Star’s DVD is widescreen and offers a welcome Japanese language track (with English subtitles) for those opposed to dubbing as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. A brace of trailers for other Sony-related sci-fi titles is also included. —Paul Gaita
Trivia for Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
- Some of the footage from the original Gojira (1954) was recreated since Godzilla’s appearance has changed from the original version.
- The infamous “Giant Leap” Godzilla performs against Megaguirus during the final battle is a tribute to Godzilla suit actor Tsutomu Kitagawa‘s stuntwork in Toei’s Super Sentai Series (featured as “Dynaman” (1988) and “Power Rangers” in the US).
- Toho continued their tradition of casting actors from their science fiction films of the 1950s and 1960s. The character of Yoshino Yoshizawa is played by Yuriko Hoshi who had previously starred as Yoka in Gojira tai Mosura (1964) and as Naoko (a completely different character) in the sequel San daikaiju: Chikyu saidai no kessen (1964).
- Although they do not look alike, the Meganuron (a.k.a Meganulon) in this movie is based on the Meganurons that attack the villagers in the Toho monster movie classic, Rodan (1956).