Terror of Mechagodzilla - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Terror of Mechagodzilla Reviews

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April 3, 2016
We all know that Godzilla films are all about the monster fights and city wide destruction and in this regard, Terror of Mechagodzilla truly shines. It has great miniature FX and fight sequences. Where the film tends to fail is in the story. Like most Godzilla stories, it isn't anything spectacular but this goes a tad further by introducing a romance element that just didn't make any sense. It all culminates with the line "Even if you're a cyborg, Katsura, I still love you!"
½ March 26, 2015
This is the 15th Godzilla movie. It is better then most of the Godzilla movie made before it. The 16th Godzilla movie The Return of Godzilla is better. Still this one of the best movies from 1975. It really is a must see.
½ January 3, 2016
Evil aliens rebuilt Mechagodzilla and Godzilla must step up again to save the earth from giant robots and monsters. Titanosaurus is the new monster here. That's about as much of the story as you need to know, but the monster fights here look pretty good. I've always thought that giant monster fights always looked better when they were set at nighttime and there are some very good nighttime giant monster/robot fights here.
½ April 23, 2015
This movie was the last of the original Godzilla series before the Heresi reboot and is in general a satisfying monster flick. Like most of its genre and time period its a silly movie at times that looks a bit cheap but for those who like that kind of thing it is fun bit of campy Kaiju battle mayhem
½ January 1, 2015
A mostly satisfying ending won't save us from a formulaic plot. Gojira just magically appears from thin air when a fight is scripted.
½ June 2, 2011
A stupid ending to a stupid era. Worst part is it takes forever for Godzilla to show up (but it is a good introduction). The film's closing scene is actually sort of moving in a weird Godzilla sort of way.
October 2, 2014
I've no doubt that if this movie was made during the Millennium era, it would feature pretty much every big foe of the Big G's would be here. But no, back in the 1970s these movies were written by professional makers of film and not kids who woke up in the candy shop one morning and went crazy. That said, that never gave even the bad movies a pass, and while this isn't a bad movie, it isn't a very good movie either and definitely one of the weakest Godzilla movies. The main problem here is Mechagodzilla. While he was fun to watch in Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, here his presence, despite being the billing point, seems thrown in at the last second.
½ July 28, 2014
Another "Raids Again", but I think it's just as good as the first Mecha-G movie.
July 31, 2014
This is a favorite of mine. A direct sequel to Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, this one does not mess around. It's very dark and serious but very very good. It's not quite as good but its almost as good as the one before it. You've gotta check it out.
½ July 21, 2014
a solid ending to the first Godzilla series
July 16, 2014
A very good Godzilla movie with awesome special effects and monster battles.
June 28, 2014
My personal favorite Godzilla film.
June 21, 2014
Finally a Godzilla film that didn't require a barf bag!
½ June 5, 2014
after having my ears bleed from the atrocity of titanosaurus' roar and my ginger shit friend holden talking about this.i finally saw this horrid movie that my man hold(walt dies)en said it was good, but it wasnt yo, no ill tell you why this movie sucked oya and katsura dies
[reasons this movie sucked]
titanosaurus
walt didnt die (he does in the end of breaking bad tho)
titanosaurus
½ May 26, 2014
This is a contender for most thought-provoking Godzilla film not released in 1954, along with Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla vs. Hedorah. The new monster, Titanosaurus, while dealing with a comedic design, is effectively characterized and has become a fan favorite. Dr. Mafume and Miss Katsuma are also really interesting characters, showing a complexity that isn't typically exhibited in late Showa films. Unfortunately, they're not exactly played by the greatest actors, and their fellow cast is even less so. The monster fights are awesome, but be prepared, there's about as much Godzilla as in the newest Godzilla film. Many credit Ishiro Honda's return as the reason why this film has increased respect, but any of the director's actual duties - or editor's for that matter - are about as sloppy as when Jun Fukuda was in charge of the production. And that, my friends, was a sloppy Joe. At the end of the day, it's one of the best Showa films, and one of the better Godzilla films in general.
½ May 19, 2014
After an interesting, but imperfect introduction, the metal menace himself, Mechagodzilla is back! This sequel is what you wanted to see in the first place, giving the first era of Godzilla movies a thrilling send off. While searching for the wreck of Mechagodzilla, Interpol agents are suddenly attacked by a giant aquatic dinosaur called Titanosaurus. While investigating this new threat, Akira Ichinose (Katsuhiko Sasaki) learns that a scientist named Dr. Shinji Mafune (Akihiko Hirata) warned the people of Japan about Titanosaurus but was not taken seriously and in fact turned into a laughingstock. According to his daughter, Katsura (Tomoko Ai), Mafune is long dead and cannot help them find a solution on how to defeat the creature. The truth is that Mafune is secretly alive, has become mad and is now obsessed with revenge. Allying himself with the ape-like Aliens from the Third Planet from the Black Hole, who are now desperate to conquer Earth because their home world is about to be destroyed, they plan on sending a rebuilt Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus against Godzilla. Once Earth's mightiest monster is killed, the world will be easy pickings. Mafune will have his revenge, the Aliens a new home. With the people unaware of Mechagodzilla's imminent return, only Ichinose stands a chance of uncovering the secret that will give mankind a fighting chance.
This movie brings back the two legendary rivals with a vengeance and throws in a new monster in the mix. Godzilla is once again the hero of Earth while Mechagodzilla is back and stronger than ever. Godzilla no longer has the advantage of pulling ridiculous plot points out of nowhere (like that ridiculous magnetic power from "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla") and the Space Apes have rebuilt Mechagodzilla with a new secret weapon. The newcomer is Titanosaurus and this creature is a lot of fun. It's a giant aquatic dinosaur, but as the insane doctor Mafune reiterates over and over, it's a peaceful creature that's been mind controlled and is now forced to attack humans. Not only is Godzilla against one of his toughest opponents to date, but he's got to deal with a second monster coming after him. In terms of battle prowess, Titanosaurus does not have any projectile weapons (unlike Mechagodzilla, which is filled to the brim with them) but fights with its claws and teeth, just like Godzilla. There are some pretty well choreographed battles between Godzilla and Titanosaurus where the two bite and slash at each other, punching and kicking furiously. I actually found myself cheering for Titanosaurus quite a bit, partially because the evil doctor Mafune has so much love for it that it's infectious. He's constantly screaming that Titanosaurus is the greatest; that he can't wait to unleash him on mankind and you can tell that he genuinely loves the big guy. Seeing as Titanosaurus is himself mind controlled and eventually has to suffer all kinds of abuses at the hands of the military government and Godzilla himself, you're praying that he manages to snap out of the mind control and return to his home in the ocean safely (or even team up with his fellow dinosaur). This is the first time that Godzilla finds himself outnumbered with multiple different enemies at once so it does bring something new to the table and there are times where you really wonder how our hero is going to get out of this sticky mess.

So in terms of the monsters, it really rates high. With three kaiju, two of which are villains, this movie really features some spectacular destruction and special effects. While the bulk of the catastrophic damage done to Tokyo is courtesy of Mechagodzilla, who gleefully annihilates anything in its path with its arsenal of beams and missiles, Titanosaurus gets some good ones in too with his hurricane wind attack. It really puts some of the previous movies to shame because the city really gets annihilated. When it comes to the human it's just as entertaining. First, we have the diabolical aliens from the Third Planet from the Black hole coming back. Their design has been significantly improved by giving them spacey alien helmets, complete with some horn/antennas and a visor. These guys are given a reason for wanting to inhabit Earth, but once again they're totally evil, not even attempting to negotiate peacefully because hey, they've got a robot made of space titanium that would go to waste in times of peace. They're allied with the second greatest bad guy you can have in a science fiction movie, a mad scientist bent on revenge. There's actually some tension between the two despite the fact that they have some similar goals. Despite the fact that the Space Apes have resurrected Mafune's daughter using advanced robotics technology, they are not really allied with him. They are willing to take advantage of Mafune's love for both Titanosaurus and his daughter by sending the monster alone against Godzilla (thinking that Godzilla will kill it but be weakened himself) and by making Katsura inseparable from the machinery that is used to control Mechagodzilla and even reworking her brain to make her barely recognizable as the woman she once was. Mafune resents the aliens but is so blinded by his desire for revenge that he has no idea he's being played. From the hero's perspective, they're not just standing around idly while the monsters duke it out. Like I said earlier, at first they are completely unaware of the alien's return and the fact that with each second, Mechagodzilla is getting closer to being fully repaired. There's actually a bit of tension there as they get completely distracted with the monster that's right in front of their face and forget about the one they were looking for in the first place. When the real threat becomes obvious, they dispense with the usual, completely ineffective weapons and come up with something new that will help Godzilla turn the tide of the battle. On a smaller scale, our main hero Ichinose, is a likeable character. At first he wants to get a hold of Mafune so that he can clear the man's name and give the scientist credit for discovering the aquatic dinosaur. As he gets more involved in the suspicious behavior of Mafune's daughter though, he becomes a key element in figuring warning the people of Japan of the real threat. There are also some nice dramatic moments with him and Katsura, particularly towards the end of the film. It's nothing that will bring you to tears, it makes for a nice moment of character development and just a smidge of real emotion.

The movie is a very nice blend of genuinely entertaining monster action and fun sci-fi camp. I can't say it's a perfect film in those terms because it's missing a couple of good, memorable lines to make it truly iconic. Additionally there are a couple of moments during the monster battles where the special effects really leave you scratching your head (I'm thinking any part where the monsters pick each other up or end up being tossed halfway across the horizon). Nevertheless, it's a terrific conclusion in the first era of Godzilla films in which the radioactive dinosaur became the savior of mankind and a beloved hero to children and adults alike. This was the last Godzilla movie for a while and thankfully, Toho really pulled out all the stops with some fun villains, interesting human plots, impressive sequences of destruction and some well shot combat. One of the most memorable Godzilla foes is back and we have a great new addition too. There's a lot to like in this movie so if you want to dip your toes into the franchise, or you want to introduce some friends to it, this is one of the better entries and one you should not skip. (English Dub on Dvd, April 28, 2014)
May 19, 2014
One of the better 70's Godzilla movies. Entertaining and some hilarious moments. I just love the monsters and the wacky acting. You can absolutely tell that Honda was made to direct these. The dialogue is almost as good as the originals from the fifties and if you don't create your own dialogue as you're watching then you are not a true fan! All good fun!
April 5, 2014
My expectations for this were high after how good Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla turned out to be. It was the first movie since God of Godzilla to be actually re-watchable and fun. Guess I was a bit too overhyped. Terror of Mechagodzilla is a step down and it's a bit of an underwhelming good-bye for the Showa series.

This film takes its huge time to get started. Godzilla appears until the third act, the fight at the end is slow at first (but it gets better as it goes on), the human characters got too much story, and is not entirely interesting. It's not the worst Godzilla film, but there's barely anything into it. I felt it was short, but still lasted a while before getting entertaining. The other monster (Titanosauraus) is a half-baked Godzilla look-a-like and feels to be there just for filler. What else can I say? It wasn't awful; it was just boring for the most part.

For the least, it isn't awful, just boring until the very last third. It lacked any kind of story structure and correct pacing, something that the previous film succeeded to do. It was a letdown, but sure, I'll come back to see that final battle again. It gets interesting and entertaining, but it's the least I can say. Underwhelming kaiju film.
½ April 25, 2014
This wasn't actually as bad as I was expecting; in fact it was probably the best entry since Godzilla vs. Hedorah... The concept was similar to the predecessor, that being Aliens plan to takeover the world by killing Godzilla with the use of the rather annoying Mechagodzilla... Fortunately it was moderately fun and the addition of Titanosauraus was the saving grace of the movie!
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