Gamera tai uchu kaijū Bairasu (Destroy All Planets) (Gamera vs. Viras) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Gamera tai uchu kaijū Bairasu (Destroy All Planets) (Gamera vs. Viras) Reviews

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½ August 5, 2015
The previous 2 films were pretty good and while the first wasn't very good it was at least watchable. This film is terrible from start to finish. None of the characters are likeable or interesting, the lighting is atrocious, there's way too much stock footage and as a whole the film's just boring. A lot of people want to watch this movie and if that's you reading this- DON'T! This film is a waste of your time. If you want to watch a Gamera film, watch the 90s' trilogy.
June 12, 2015
Despite the stock footage, I enjoyed this film. One of my favorite Gamera films.
May 30, 2015
An undeniably cheesy & illogical fourth installment in the children friendly Japanese Monster Movie Series Gamera.

This time round Gamera is fighting an alien space ship that looks like a kids toy then dukes it out with a 40 stores Squid.

I remember watching this on the Foreign Movie Channel when I was 12 & it seemed cool...well it's not but its that bad it's fun. Made for mindless entertainment but it's no Godzilla.
May 5, 2015
not bad has its moments
September 13, 2014
After a brief intro, the aliens "read Gamera's mind" - cue 15 mins of replay fights from the first 3 films. Then we get a long boring story about a couple of (literal) boy scouts attempting to escape the spaceship, inter-cut with scenes of the mind-controlled Gamera going on a rampage. All these are more straight replays of scenes from previous films, but this time pretending to be new scenes. When the monster Viras finally appears at the end of the film, the new footage is stupid, and the ending ridiculous. The damage Gamera received should certainly of killed him and Viras just got cold and dumped in the sea, which doesn't seem enough to finish off a giant space squid. They clearly didn't have the budget to actually make another film so just cobbled together this catastrophe. Avoid unless you are a die-hard completist.
June 4, 2014
Makes Gamera too vulnerable and more reliant on humans.
½ May 9, 2014
good fight at the end but silly story and too much stock footage hurt it
½ November 26, 2013
By now the most disappointing addition to the Gamera series. It is overflooded with a shitload of unnecessary and annoying stock footage, which tries to fill up the nonexistence of a real villain, up until the very last 10 minutes or so. To top it all off, this is when the Gamera series takes a turn for the worst and becomes unbearably centered towards young audiences, leaving us adult viewers barely entertained.
½ August 15, 2013
this film was by no means a master peice but it's campy cheezy fun which makes showa kaiju movies so good. viras is pretty lame but the fight scenes were fun to wqtch. the human characters are bland but it's a kaiju flick so i'll give it a pass.
March 28, 2013
The English dub of "Gamera tai uchu kaijū Bairasu" a.k.a. "Gamera vs. Viras" a.k.a. "Destroy All Planets" is a cheaply made giant monster movie that has it's unintentionally funny moments but it's a bad imitator to other superior films. From the title, you can tell that this was re-named in an attempt to cash in on other better films. There isn't a single instance in this film where the discussion of even one planet being destroyed, never mind all of them so the title is clearly a knockoff of the superior "Destroy All Monsters" (released the same year in North America). Even the title "Gamera vs. Viras" isn't entirely accurate because for most of the film, the titular protagonist does not appear and they only battle once, at the very end of the story.

Most of the film centres around two children that are either surprisingly adept at getting themselves out of trouble, or are surrounded by incompetent adults and aliens. Actually that isn't true because the longer the movie goes on, the more the adults and aliens in the film are seen as completely inept. One of the very first scenes with the children finds them manning a two-person sub and piloting it by themselves. These children didn't hijack the submarine or anything, they're given permission by the supervising adults to drive it. Now, the film makers might not be aware of this, but submarines are complicated machines and there is not only a lot that can go wrong with them (running out of air for example), but psychologically it can be difficult to pilot one underwater (think of the claustrophobia) so how do these people give the go ahead to these small children? There is also a scene later in the film where the aliens have kidnapped the same children and give the Earth and ultimatum: Surrender to the aliens, or the children will die. Now, most viewers may not be brilliant politicians or psychologically prepared to handle difficult hostage situations, but when the fate of the entire human race hangs in the balance, you don't surrender the world for the sake of two children!

The film looks incredibly cheap. The costumes are either clearly quickly put together (the aliens are literally people with black shirts and funny hats) or just aren't very convincing (Gamera has definitely seen better days and doesn't match the smaller fire-breathing puppet they have set up for close-ups). The film is also plagued by a ridiculous amount of stock footage. 19 minutes of the film is shots from previous movies so that the aliens can "observe what Gamera's weaknesses are" or so the movie can save itself the price of building a miniature city for the actor to destroy. You can tell this because the footage of "Gamera" destroying Tokyo is taken from a black and white movie, but the rest of the film is in colour!

Even as "so bad it's good" entertainment, this movie, while being extremely cheesy and so child-oriented that it stops making sense (the aliens let their human captives run freely around the ship... why not?) it still isn't that much fun and gets boring at times. Sure, there are a decent amount of monster fights due to the stock footage, but those you have either seen before in the movies they're actually from or if you haven't, have no context whatsoever so they're totally lacking in any tension. There are some bad lines that are pretty funny but nothing that match the ones from some of the other movies in the series ("Attack of the Monsters" had an ideal world "without any wars or car crashes" for example). The only really noteworthy things in the film are the aliens' ship, which looks like a bunch of bees spinning in a circle and the design of "Viras" which is at the very least, original. It's a very bad, cheesy and campy monster movie that is ok as bad movie entertainment but really isn't anything special. (English Dub on Dvd, March 22, 2013)
June 13, 2012
of the original gamera films, this movie started the series' downhill slide.
½ April 10, 2012
Takes forever for the actual enemy monster to appear, and there's literally 15 minutes of flashbacks to the previous films only to say that Gamera is a friend to all children. This is also the first Gamera film where the leads are kids, and their acting is pretty much nonexistent.
March 19, 2012
The kids are annoying and there's a bit of stock footage in it, but it's a fun Gamera film and is one of the few not on MST3K. Gamera kills the monster in an interesting way and the plot is enjoyable enough.
Cinema-Maniac
Super Reviewer
March 16, 2012
So after weeks of not seeing my favorite fire-breathing giant turtle monster, I decided it was time to view another entry in the Gamera series. Unfortunately this is easily the dullest entry in the series.

Gamera vs. Viras is about Gamera falling under control of evil aliens, but two children free him and he returns to fight the aliens' monster, Viras. Now this version is more campy and aim towards children and it somehow makes the human characters even more boring and dumber than before. In the movie, the UN has to make a choice of either saving Earth or saving two little kids on a spaceship colored like a bumble bee. Guess what the UN chooses, to save two little kids over planet Earth. Heck, the two little kids that get captured by aliens are easily the movie smartest characters as even they tell the adults to save Earth over themselves. Main point, human characters are still a problem, the story is predictable and for little kids, and the happy music playing during this movie is annoying.

So enough about the human characters as I expected that from the series, what I didn't expect was barely any new footage of Gamera in this movie. There's literally a scene in the movie that's just 20 minute of stock footage from Gamera previous monster brawls. In total, 90% of footage of Gamera in this movie is stock footage. The final monster brawl was fun, but it didn't have the same appeal to it as the previous entries. Now I did get some laughs from the final brawl as I saw Gamera water skiing using a Octopus like monster making it probably one of the series most unintentionally funniest moment. The final monster brawl though slow was fun, but it takes to long to happened and it's not worth watching most of the movie for it.

So a Gamera movie aim toward kids doesn't work as it's too campy and Gamera appearance is mostly stock footage. This isn't the worst of the series, but you won't find much to like in this entry.
Super Reviewer
December 15, 2011
Wow, this movie is cheesy. The alien spaceship looks like bumblebees bunched together. The two kid protagonists are not too bad, at least they are competent. What makes this movie infamous in the Gamera franchise is it uses 19 min. worth of stock footage. The studio started incorporating stock footage to save money and keep the budgets low. There is this one scene where the aliens examine the memories of Gamera, and it flashes back to moments in the three previous films. This scene is very tedious because it goes on for fifteen minutes. The movie did not even have the budget to film scenes with Gamera destroying Tokyo, which are recycled straight from the first film. It stands out because the Tokyo scenes are black and white while the rest of the film is color. The juvenile story and production almost needs to be seen in order to be believed. However, the final fight between Gamera and Viras is a very good one. The film's campiness can make for a hilarious viewing experience when viewed with friends. If you are in the mood for some laughs then give you won't regret watching this, otherwise skip to the end.
Super Reviewer
½ December 11, 2010
This is the cheesiest movie I've ever seen in my life! The kid actors especially. The giant turtle is so bad, it's good, in a weird way. Overall, it's just cheap fun, and easy to laugh at.
November 22, 2010
A slice of cinema gold without a shadow of a doubt. It's influence is immense and it shows in movies from Titanic to Die Hard 4.0. Brilliant.
October 28, 2010
Gamera is second only to G'Zilla
October 1, 2010
An alien spaceship approaches Earth looking to conquer it, but a surprise attack by Gamera put that plan to rest (surprise attack because I doubt they knew Gamera was capable of breathing fire in a vacuum). But what's this, the aliens have a second identical spacecraft (what's even better, the set also appears to have survived for use in Gamera vs. Guiron). But this time the aliens are prepared, the spinning bumble bee spacecraft discovers Gamera's weakness through the use of a brain scan and stock footage, Gamera loves children. So the aliens kidnap some kids, brainwash Gamera and try to take over the world. Does it succeed? Well with no militerized attack on Gamera and two hostage children preventing any attack on the spaceship (because apparently the military can either blow things up or nothing at all) and with Gamera's attacks being so powerful that he renders the world devoid of all color and even warps time and space in order to attack Tokyo in the exact same fashion as he did in the first movie, how could you stop him? So what's the UN to do? Sacrifice two kids or surrender the Earth. What's that you say, that's an easy choice, your right! The correct response is give into the aliens demands, give yourself a pat on the back.

So there's also a monster fight at the end with a cross-eyed squid monster and though the movie would lead you to believe Gamera wins the fight, I think it's pretty clear that's not even remotely the case.

Also, funknown-fact, Iron Man ripped off this movie, if only Obidiah had watched Gamera vs. Viras.

On a final note, I must congratulate the movie on three insane moments that should have scared the shit out of the onlooking children. But, alas, the world of Gamera is filled with the most jaded children one would ever meet, who go on about their lives unphased by even the briefiest of decapitations.
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