Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
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The final entry in the Gamera Trilogy (Guardian of the Universe, Attack of Legion) and it is not only the best movie in the trilogy but also one of the greatest monster flicks ever made. This movie breaks all the stereotypes of japanese monster flicks with a very grim tone, thought-provoking plot, and deep human characters. The effects that the monster fights have on cities and people is at the forefront of the story. Seeing people get crushed and blown away while Gamera fights two Gyaos creatures is shockingly unusual in a monster flick. This film also has the best Gamera suit, which makes him look very mean and scary. Iris is probably Gamera's greatest foe, he is just pure evil. The effects are just as stunning as ever, and the final battle between Gamera and Iris is probably one of the bloodiest monster battles ever. This movie is certainly not for kids. Unlike the previous two flicks were they wrapped everything nice and tidy, the ending to this flick is dark and pretty depressing. However, that's what makes this film so great, its refusal to leave the viewer with easy resolutions. This film takes the giant monster movie genre into new levels of cinematic art and sophistication.
Gamera 3: The Awakening of Iris features some of the best special effects ever seen in a kaiju film to date and also has an extremely concrete plot instead of some aliens trying to take over the world. It's good to see the film link up with the previous installments (Gamera: Guardian Of The Universe, 1997 and Gamera 2: Advent Of Legion, 1996) and bring some continuity to the film by referring to the original Gyaos attacks. And we finally get to see what it's like to be a victim of a giant monster attack in some flashbacks to 1995. But the major attraction of this film is the awesome fight sequence between Gamera and two Gyaos in Tokyo. Fireballs reign down upon the city in horrific fashion as people run to try and flee but to no avail as blood, guts, spit and ass go flying. It really does bring the horror of giant monsters attacking each other to life. We may have ridiculed the cheap miniature cities of the past but finally we can actually feel for the people being crushed and blown to pieces. And the worst thing is the monsters don't even care - they're too busy bashing each other. While I know that a lot of people will probably think I'm on something, because no Japanese monster movie could be this good, such people really don't deserve to watch good movies, and should go back to pretending to like whatever their magazine tells them to.
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