Giant turtle emerges from hibernation after a nuclear weapon is accidentally detonated near the North Pole. Sounds plausible so far, right?
Things are going fairly well (WATCH THE JAPANESE VERSION!) until a little kid with a pet turtle is introduced. This is a wrong turn. There are too many pudgy little Japanese kids polluting too many science fiction movies IMHO. I enjoy this film more if I concentrate on Gamera flattening Japan instead of the subplot with the kid. It’s just annoying.
What do you do with an indestructible, angry, giant turtle? Lure him to a secret base and suddenly capture him and launch him into space! Obviously!
This movie requires a significant suspension of disbelief. This is not Gojira. This is painfully ultralightweight fare, but it IS a giant monster movie from Japan… things could be worse. But there are better science fiction movies out there. I guess the most positive thing I can write about this movie is that the later films in the Gamera series REALLY stink. This isn’t a great movie, but it’s entertaining. If you like this kind of thing.
List of Gamera films I shamelessly lifted straight from Wikipedia:
- Gamera (1965)
- Gamera vs. Barugon (1966) aka “War of the Monsters”
- Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967) aka “Return of the Giant Monsters”
- Gamera vs. Viras (1968) aka “Destroy All Planets”
- Gamera vs. Guiron (1969) aka “Attack of the Monsters”
- Gamera vs. Jiger (1970) aka “Gamera vs. Monster X”
- Gamera vs. Zigra (1971)
It’s generally held that after “Gamera vs. Gyaos” the series is pretty much unwatchable. The (here unlisted) modern-era Gamera films which introduce or explain the (beloved) giant monsters as guardian spirits of Japan are actually rather good.