Terror of Mechagodzilla Reviews
Starring: Tomoko Al, Masaaaki Daimon, Akihiko Hirata, Tadao Nasamaru, Kenji Sahara, and Katsuhiko Sasaki.
Directed By: Ishiro Honda
Oh, the terror, the terror of well it was not terrifying. This title does not suit the film in any imaginable, nor does the other title which I hear is Terror of Godzilla even though Mechagodzilla is the bad guy. Someone had a serious title issue in this series of Godzilla films. They don't make sense, but yet their movies do, most of the time.
This Godzilla film starts off with narration about Godzilla's history and how they say he was a dinosaur that was awakened by nuclear testing, he was a force of nature destroying everything in his path, and eventually became the protector of his destination. The narrator also said recently Godzilla fought a mechanical version of himself created by space invaders. It revolves around a race of aliens in revolt who managed to escape a black wormhole, they recover the pieces of Mechagodzilla and rebuild which is being controlled by a woman who is the daughter of a scientist named Mafune who created a new monster called Titanasouris and is working with the aliens because his research was shunned and he was fired. Their is a man who works at Interpol who falls for the daughter of Mafune after asking her about her father's research. When the alien race finish rebuilding Mechagodzilla they send the robot and monster Titansouris to obliterate Tokyo, but Godzilla shows up to save the day.
The movie(along with the first introduction of Mechagodzilla before this) was an attempt to bring back the more serious version of Godzilla films. If you like a good serious movie with tons of explosions, then well finally Toho has made the Godzilla anti-hero movie for you(in the showa series at least.) This were director Ishiro Honda shines at making serious interpretations of the kajui he created. The miniature sets look good. They look like their something made to be played with, like a child using his imagination and playing with monster toy's but the film uses the imagination of a child and translates it onto film while keeping Godzilla, which is the main attraction a hero.
The only problem this film has going for it, is that the title is Terror of Mechagodzilla but the question you will be asking after the movie is over is what is the terror, because the robot isn't scary never did I feel terror in my heart when MechaGodzilla was on-screen and I don't expect you to have that feeling either. They way this film presents the terror of mechagodzilla is when mechagodzilla is unleashed by the aliens, he obliterates Tokyo in a matter of minutes but after that he doesn't do anything else. The way I believe his terror could have been presented was if Mechagodzilla obliterates the city with Titanasouris and they defeat Godzilla and everyone's in shock and they keep destroying Japan. You might believe so too, you will definitely be asking what terror mechagodzilla presented after the film has ended.
The movie accomplishes it's goal, and leaves you with the best Godzilla film in the showa series, which is also the last in this particular series. Your giving a thrill ride with aliens, good plot, giant monsters, and plenty of explosions and I do mean plenty. I give Terror of Mechagodzilla a four and a half out of five.