Jan 4, 2009

Guyver: Dark Hero

The Guyver is an instant cult icon in any category that you wish to throw at it; horrible melodrama, quirky action, even arterial slashings. The fact that Kaiju, Sentai, and American kung-fu films can all be meshed in an explosive Venn diagram only adds to the enormous entertainment that Guyver: Dark Hero adds. The perfect fusion of Western settings and Japanese art has been created with this sequel.

Guyver: Dark Hero has been hailed as "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" but with an R rating. This is a highly correct assumption that we have no choice but to agree with as soon as the film opens with the slaying of an innocent security guard and the New Guyver slashing the culprit's throat with his BAD ASS arm blades - reminiscent to the monstrosity that was Baraka (Mortal Kombat II). The sequel to The Guyver follows the manga/anime much closer thus dissolving a proximity issue. This is almost spoiled when the horrible acting dawns upon the viewer, but it is highly forgivable. By the end of this film, it will even be cherished.

A horrible sub-love plot involving an archaeologist bogs down most of the script which serves as a pleasant entrée to fans of cryptozoology, like myself. The theory of werewolves and other entities being Zoanoids is a welcome addition to the psyche of a skeptic or conspiracy theorist. It adds this realism to an already outrageous adventure of discovery and soap opera love. The tortured character of the Guyver is portrayed by David Hayter. His performance is so cleverly disguised as amateur work that is pleases all senses, both mapped and unknown. There lies a deep satisfaction behind this film and the zany action and horrible production sets.

Here's a fun fact. The actor that you criticize? David Hayter? Well he's actually the writer for the Zack Snyder directed Watchmen feature film. This is one I'm heavily anticipating seeing as how the novel is one of the greatest pieces of literature ever crafted by an elitist Brit. Guyver: Dark Hero is a spotlight for incredible monster action mixed with often-violent outcomes. For any fan of science fiction, this is a must-see of the genre. I'm torn between hating David Hayter for his predicted destruction of Watchmen. Seeing as how he wrote The Scorpion King, the chances aren't looking too bright. Guyver: Dark Hero is basically essential viewing for any organic life form. That's the only real way to put it.


1 comment:

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