Godzilla vs Space Godzilla 1994.
Many fans consider this movie the turkey of the Heisei series films. To some degree it is, yet I don’t think it reached the level of poor quality some of the later 70s movies had reached. This is a movie that has grown on me. When I first read the premise, that cells from Godzilla mutated into form Space Godzilla, with giant crystalline features protruding from his shoulders and down his back, sure sounded silly to me. And it is silly. However, silliness is not a stranger to the Godzilla franchise.
The last time we saw Godzilla was when he and his son, Baby Godzilla now called Little Godzilla, were heading out to see. In this movie we find that they have taken up residence on Birth Island. The UNGCC has built a new mechanical device to beat Godzilla. It is called the Mobile Operation Godzilla Universal Expert Robot Aerotype, MOGUERA for short. The machine can assemble and disassemble into many different parts and can burrow into the ground as well as fly into outer space. There is another program trying a different approach to defeating or gaining control over Godzilla. That project is run by Dr. Okubo and Dr. Gondo and their aim is to implant Godzilla with a psychic receiver in order to control him. They persuade psychic Miki Saegusa to join them.
G-Force sends Sato and Shinto, two lieutenants to Birth Island to prepare for the team that is going to plant the psychic receiver into Godzilla. On Birth Island they come across renegade soldier Major Yuki who is involved in his own private battle with Godzilla. Meanwhile UNGCC has detected something from outer space that is heading to earth. They send MOGUERA to intercept the incoming threat. While in the asteroid belt MOGUERA encounters a giant monster encrusted in crystals. After a short battle it fails to stop this incoming threat.
Godzilla soon arrives on Birth Island and Sato and Shinto are successful in implanting the psychic receiver into Godzilla’s neck. Miki also finds herself successful in being able to control Godzilla. Space Godzilla soon arrives on Birth Island where he places Little Godzilla in a crystalline fortress he created. Godzilla begins to attack Space Godzilla and defend his son but is quickly defeated. As the G-Force team leaves it is discovered that Dr. Okubo is not to be trusted. He helps a special forces team capture Miki and the mind control device which he plans to sell to the highest bidder. Sato and Shinto soon come to Miki’s rescue and free her.
Scientists theorize that Space Godzilla was created when Godzilla’s skin sells were morphed while going through a black hole. Yuki rejoins G-Force and becomes the head pilot of MOGUERA as Space Godzilla begins his unstoppable rampage across Japan. MOGUERA proves that it is not a match for Space Godzilla. When Godzilla shows up once again he is forced to team up with MOGUERA to defeat Space Godzilla. The three fight out an epic which ends in the defeat of Space Godzilla and the rescue of Little Godzilla. In the end Yuki decides to end his personal vendetta against Godzilla.
I don’t think the story is what makes this an uneven movie. I still don’t care for Space Godzilla. It is a corny creature. The special effects in this movie are also very uneven. When MOGUERA flies into the Asteroid belt to meet Space Godzilla the special effects are so laughably bad. MOGUERA looks like a small model and the asteroids look like Styrofoam balls hung in front of a black curtain. When Space Godzilla flies around he suddenly develops this giant shell surrounding him and that is also pretty laughable. MOGUERA looks like a cross between a metallic penguin and a woodpecker. Baby Godzilla had a very dinosaur like look to him. Little Godzilla is all cutesy and bug eyed. Some fans complained about that change and while it didn’t bother me so much I can see their point.
This movie also plays havoc with the continuity of the Heisei Series. In Godzilla vs King Ghodirah the time line is changed so that the events of the previous movies to that film (Return of Godzilla and Godzilla vs Biollante) never happened. However, the scientists explain that Godzilla cells may have leaked into space during his fight with Biollante. In reality those scientists should not know about the fight with Biollante because those events were erased from the timeline! Ah, its fun being a nerd.
The good points of the movie are that Sato, Shinto and Dr. Gondo are all likable characters. Sometimes Godzilla movies can have bland characters but not in this case. Yuki is a great lovable rebel. The action scenes and the battles scenes are well done and as exciting as usual. This is still an enjoyable movie despite its flaws and while it isn’t the strongest of the Heisei series it is still quite entertaining.
I rate this movie: C+
Posted on October 26, 2012, in Godzilla Movie Review and tagged Godzilla, Godzilla vs Space Godzilla, Heisei Series, Little Godzilla, Space Godzilla Major Yuki, Toho Studios. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.