South Korean throwback to Japan's silliest export, Godzilla, this cut-rate monster movie features poor special effects, wretched acting and an utter disregard for logic. At a dig in Southeast Asia, paleontologist Dr. Hughes (Harrison Young), an alarmist fixated on extra-terrestrial invasions, vanishes when a fiery rock explodes. The blast restores the vital signs of a dormant prehistoric creature, which Hughes' rival, Professor Campbell (Richard B. Livingston), sees as his ticket to scientific glory. Downplaying Dr. Hughes' theory that this napping monster, dubbed Yongary, is the tool of space aliens, the headstrong Campbell prepares to awaken the mega-beast with the help of his lovely assistant Holly (Donna Philipson). A publicity hound as well as a mad scientist, Dr. Campbell welcomes the prying of a tabloid photographer who can record his Jurassic maneuvers for posterity. Overlooking new evidence that Yongary is indeed the vanguard of an extraterrestrial takeover, Campbell risks the future of mankind. Then Dr. Hughes reappears, and the skeptical Holly comes around to his way of thinking after she spots a spacecraft that makes Yongary disappear! Fortunately, the government calls in General Murdock (Dan Cashman), who secures the excavation site and refuses to act as Campbell's pawn. The on-again/off-again invisible reptile wreaks havoc, but official official Stanley Mills (Bruce Cornwell) insists that national defense policy involves taking Yongary alive. Murdock's fighter pilots ignoring him, aiming for the vulnerable diamond spot on the big brute's forehead. Suddenly, a second Yongary appears on the horizon! Now Murdock's squadron must prevent the aliens from using their reptilian pests to attack a nuclear power plant. This hybrid space invaders/ dino-monster picture features cartoon-like action and a lock-jawed approach to a pitifully jumbled plot. Cheap laughs abound.
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- Released: 2001
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: South Korean throwback to Japan's silliest export, Godzilla, this cut-rate monster movie features poor special effects, wretched acting and an utter disregard for logic. At a dig in Southeast Asia, paleontologist Dr. Hughes (Harrison Young), an alarmist fi… (more)