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4.0 out of 5 stars Mutronics the beginning
If your a die hard fan then this movie is for you. As happens with most main stream films numbers of poeple have seen Guyver "The Dark Hero" but very few have even heard of "Mutronics", which is a shame as the movie answers a lot questions left open in GTDH. The action sequences in Mutronics may not be up to the fast paced fights in GTDH but they are well correographed...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting excercise in B-Move shlock
Mutronics (AKA "The Guyver" in the US), is a US written adaptation of the famous Manga and Anime Show "Bio Boosted Armor Guyver" (a lot of UK Anime fans will remember it as one of the first series they saw from Manga Entertainment in the 90's).

I won't go into too much detail, if you want a more in depth look, watch the Review by the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting excercise in B-Move shlock, 13 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Mutronics - The Movie (a.k.a. The Guyver) (VHS) (1991) (VHS Tape)
Mutronics (AKA "The Guyver" in the US), is a US written adaptation of the famous Manga and Anime Show "Bio Boosted Armor Guyver" (a lot of UK Anime fans will remember it as one of the first series they saw from Manga Entertainment in the 90's).

I won't go into too much detail, if you want a more in depth look, watch the Review by the "Nostalgia Critic" crew here - http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/bt/the-sage/anime-abandon/41031-the-guyver-with-nostalgia-critic

In short this is an interesting movie that is worth a look if you remember the series at all, be warned though, the budget went towards Mark Hamill's fee and the Monster costumes, so don't expect Holywood production values!

Pro's
* Good Monster Suits (especially the Guyver Suit) are very well made
* There's a real Kamen Rider/Power Rangers feel to the fights (but some get a little brutal)
* Mark Hamill is the standout actor in the whole thing and does his best with the script.
* Jimmy Walker's hiphop monster is one of the most unintentionally funny things in the movie.
* The evil boss' acting is so wonderfully hammy it's a joy watching his scenes
* Michael Berryman (the only actor people remember from the "Hills Have Eyes") is a major player.
* Most of the people behind "Reanimator" were involved with this film.

Con's
* The advertising is misleading - Mark Hamill is NOT the main character, just in a supporting role.
* Some terrible decisions have been made in adapting the source material (can be jarring for longer term fans - but they should already be aware of this movie)
* Some glaring continuity issues - The horn on the Guyver's helmet is forever changing position (make a drinking game out of it)
* Seems to have trouble deciding about tone - does it want to be a comedy or a Horror Film?
* Some truly bad acting (the Jimmy Walker monster rapping is a real facepalm moment - but funny).
* The fight choreography and stunt work is truly terrible, suspect they had no money left for a decent stunt team.

Summary
A worthy addition to a boozy B-movie night, especially for old-school anime fans, but don't expect Shakespeare (in fact, don't expect Soap opera acting!). The Sequel "Guyver: Dark Hero", starring David "Metal Gear?!" Hayter is superior in every way, but not as funny.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mutronics the beginning, 13 July 2003
This review is from: Mutronics - The Movie (a.k.a. The Guyver) (VHS) (1991) (VHS Tape)
If your a die hard fan then this movie is for you. As happens with most main stream films numbers of poeple have seen Guyver "The Dark Hero" but very few have even heard of "Mutronics", which is a shame as the movie answers a lot questions left open in GTDH. The action sequences in Mutronics may not be up to the fast paced fights in GTDH but they are well correographed and put together. I would reccomend this film to anyone who has seen GTDH or the Manga equivelant as it is a great insight into the whole Guyver series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars heres for monster mashes, 3 Sept. 2013
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very good plenty of action look out for mark Hamill (luke skywalker) star wars as police officer and plenty of people turning in to monsters and of cause martial arts this film has everything well worth a watch
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "At the beginning of time, aliens came to the Earth to create the ultimate organic weapon...", 22 Oct. 2009
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The Guyver Manga series has inspired two Anime series (plus a limited release animated film) and two live action films - this is the first of the two films and is generally considered the poorest offering in the whole Guyver collection.

Both the live action films are American and therefore stray from the original Japanese Manga, but they manage to retain many of the original elements. Mutronics establishes the history behind the monsters you will eventually see by prefacing the film with scrolling text (a-la Star Wars) along with narration to give us the backstory. So by the time the film starts you are aware that humans were created by alien forces as a weapon - and that the Guyver is a unit which takes a human to a new level of power. It also explains that some humans (Zoanoids) can mutate at will and that they belong to an organisation called Chronos.

With the formalities out of the way the film delves straight in and we see a Zoanoid attack on a Chronos defector as they attempt to take back the Guyver unit that the runaway doctor has stolen fearing that it will be used for evil doings. The Guyver unit has been hidden away though and they reclaim nothing but an old toaster, this sets in motion the traditional Guyver story of a young male stumbling across the unit and coming to terms with the power it gives him - and in this film that male is Sean.

This early nineties film is right at home with the torrent of low budget made-for-video comedy/action horror films which hit the market from the mid-eighties onwards when VHS players had become commonplace in most homes. The acting is pretty wooden and over the top, in fact the only performance which impresses is that of Mark Hamill who plays a detective trying to get to the bottom of Chronos. You can identify more with his character than with any of the others mainly because it's the only one which seems in any way real! The film tries to inject emotion but the tongue-in-cheek campy style of the film doesn't really aid the development of emotional depth.

A film such as this requires a wide range of costumes and although the budget is evidently rather low, the wardrobe department excelled themselves. The Zoanoids accurately reflect their manga equivalents and the Guyver outfit itself is very good - just as you'd imagine it. This helps the film to stand out over many of the other 80s movies of the same ilk and pleased fans such as myself, so much so that you overlook many of the flaws and enjoy the effort which has gone into bringing the film to life.

In a nutshell: Dodgy humour and even dodgier acting are in abundance throughout a film which makes the best of a poor budget to create an alternate Guyver story which is relatively faithful to the early original material. With a more solid cast and a script which seemed less amateur this could have been a cult classic, thankfully the sequel (Guyver - Dark Hero) was better (and on an even lower budget!) but there's still enough good stuff in here to keep fans happy, though if you're unfamiliar with the Guyver universe then you'd probably give this 2 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars GYYYYAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!, 11 Mar. 2012
When I was a kid (maybe 9 or 10 years old) I was a bit of a fan of The Guyver anime series, as well as the movie Guyver: Dark Hero. To this day I stand by those titles. The Guyver is still fun to watch and I still get a kick from the insanely bloodthirsty action scenes and absurd dubbing.

However, there is one title from the franchise that I've come to despise - this movie right here. And boy does it ever suck.

So what's the film about? OK, here's how it goes: there's this evil corporation known as Chronos, which uses alien technology to bio-engineer shape-shifting monsters called zoanoids (they appear to be normal humans most of the time, but can suddenly change at will into whatever variety of beast they were designed to be). In addition to the zoanoids, chronos is researching a different alien weapon known as The Guyver. The Guyver is a small metallic object which is said to have unimaginable power. Nobody knows how to use it though, and before Chronos gets the chance to figure it out the weapon is stolen by one of their scientists. The traitor is killed by Chronos's henchmen, but they're unable to locate the weapon that they are after. He's disposed of it somewhere. The weapon finds its way into the hands of our hero -Sean Harker- who just so happens to also be close to Misky - the daughter of the scientist I mentioned before.
It's revealed that, when the Guyver unit is activated it merges with organic lifeforms, enveloping their bodies in a protective suit of armor, which also provides the wearer with all manner of destructive powers. Once the unit has been activated the Guyver armor can then be called on by the user at any time (in the series it's claimed that when the Guyver isn't in use it disappears into another dimension, but in this movie they make it seem as though the thing has stuffed itself in Sean's neck). Of course, Sean accidentally activates the weapon, thereby becoming one of the most freakin' sweet superheroes of all time.
Meanwhile Chronos's zoanoid lackeys are still out looking for their missing weapon, and they think that kidnapping Misky might not be such a bad idea. After all, for all they know, her Father may have entrusted the weapon to her.
Naturally, Sean intervenes and the stage is finally set for a confrontation between the Guyver and the forces of Chronos.

Let's get the pluses out of the way: The special effects are fantastic. Credit where it's due, the movie may suck, but I don't have a single bad thing to say about the effects department. They excelled. The main theme tune is also pretty catchy too. Furthermore, the movie stars Mark Hamill, which might mean something to Star Wars fans.
Now onto the bad... actually whilst I could nit pick any number of minor flaws, there really is only one thing that deserves our attention: the tone. This film is supposed to be a dark, violent, action sci-fi spectacular. Unfortunately, some maniac -not content with toning down all the violence- decided to also sabotage the film by burying it under a thousand tons of lame slapstick comedy. I'm not even going to go into specifics. Remember Bulk & Skull from the Power Rangers? Well imagine them in -admittedly awesome- monster costumes. That gives you an idea of the sophistication we're dealing with. The makers of this film even managed to crowbar in a black "ghetto" zoanoid, so we get to here him rap:

I've been looking high
And looking low
For this Guyvin'
Jivin' thing to show...

Oh god, how did it all go so wrong? I can't imagine what kind of delirium a man must be suffering from to take such insane creative decisions. It's like adding fabulous musical numbers to an Ingmar Bergman film. Just... WHY??? I'll be the first to admit, I never watched The Guyver with a complete poker face, but there's a difference between unintentional comedy (which can be quite endearing) and this insistent, grating shtick which keeps popping up to break the pace and tone, repeatedly kneeing my intelligence in the nuts, and refusing to leave me and the movie in peace. GO AWAY!

So anyway, there is a decent movie buried under all those atrocious sub-sub-sub- Punch & Judy/Benny Hill moments, but that's precisely what makes the film so very annoying.

You'll find yourself sitting there, pondering what could have been... and cursing the director for dropping the ball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Jun. 2015
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Awesome movie
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