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From Korea with Love; Strictly for Fans of This Genre
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 12/10/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Reptilian" is known in South Korea as "Yonggary," and though the entire cast speak English, and the setting (of unnamed city) seems American, it is in fact a Korean production, and the history of Yonggary goes back to the release of the original version in 1967. This means "Reptilian" is a remake of that one, and like Hollywood-made Godzilla movie, it is updated by CGI techonology. The plot is simple. Yonngary is a deadly monster that becomes a threat to human beings, destroying whatever comes in its sight, and controlled by aliens from the outer space.You will see many familiar elements that you might have seen in other monster movies such as Godzilla series, and besides, most unique soldiers in the world -- they can fly and shoot cannons! Frankly the plot is weak, the CGI looks unusual, and acting is ... never mind, if you love this genre, you wouldn't care. You see a doctor (played by Harrison Young, elder Ryan in "Saving Private Ryan") who, as usual, gives a warning about the coming danger of Yonngary, but nobody listens, and a big monster starts to destroy, and on and on.So this is strictly for the fans of the genre. If you're, you will have a good time. And please could anyone release the original "Yonngary"? I like the monster."
If Hyundai Made Godzilla Movies...
stevehol | Randolph, NJ USA | 06/23/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this movie not knowing anything about it, and overall it is fun, but the plot has more holes than OJ Simpson's alibi and as for the acting, it really has to be seen to be believed (a friend of mine threw a "bad movie" contest last night, and "Reptilian" was my entry...after everyone saw the first scene of this film, I was the unanimous winner!). The English dialogue is so stiffly delivered that I wondered if this was done deliberately so the Korean language overdubs (for the home market) would more closely match the actors' mouths.In any event, the effects are pretty cool, and what is a big monster film without good visuals? The redesigned Yongary was clearly influenced by the Tristar-reengineered Godzilla - he has a muscular, kind of reptile/humanoid look (but he did retain the ability to breathe fire, while Godzilla was dumbed down). I actually liked the original Yongary film and hoped the remake would stick to the original storyline (the aliens in "Reptilian" are more a distraction than a useful plot device; they have another monster at their disposal but choose to 'resurrect' Yongary instead). You just might like this film, warts and all."
The best Stupid movie EVER!!!
stevehol | 04/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The actors [Stink], the monster [stinks] and the plot [stinks]! That's why this movie is so great!! But the acting is what makes this movie soo funny!! if you like stupid movies that you can laugh at for hours this is a movie for you!! ( just think about the dialog being about big butt's- if you have seen this movie you'll get my point... ;) very funny.)"
Best Worst Movie Ever!!!
Publius | Portland, OR USA | 04/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We came across this movie after getting a whole bunch of movies for free that the local rental store was throwing out to make room for DVD's. When we first popped it in, it was so bad we just about turned it off, but the acting and script was SO bad, we found ourselves rolling with laughter! We decided to watch the whole thing, and it only got better!! This movie is, seriously, the funniest movie I have ever seen by virtue of the terrible scripting, acting, special effects, plot -- everything! From the ever-grinning captain, to the action figure-like aliens, to the comically evil archaeologists -- it never stops! We have introduced this movie to countless friends and acquiantances, and it has become a classic! Shortly, it is the BEST bad movie ever. We have probably watched it 20 times or more, and we find something new every time!!! A MUST SEE!!!"
Watch out Godzilla, here comes Yonngary!
Hearse Queen | northern california, usa | 08/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The remains of a dinosaur named Yonngary and 50 times bigger than T. Rex is reanimated and controlled by evil aliens in an attempt to destroy the world. It has what I'd consider some pretty darn good special effects, but the acting from some of the cast members was so so (maybe they spent all their moola on the special effects and had to skimp on the actors), but I still had a blast watching it and it more than satisfied my monster movie craving. Big stomping lizardy fun!"