"Who is harvesting these alien hell-spores? What is their connection to a doomed mission to Mars? And most important of all, how many actors will die screaming in massive explosions of blood, guts and gore?"
Having read that, you're either heading for the checkout or rapidly moving on elsewhere.
Moving on myself, as one of a few extras (including a DVD-ROM accessible graphic novel version, but don't -and I mean don't, it's awful- waste your time with it) is a good interview with writer/director Cozzi who explains why it suddenly turns into a James Bond style thriller for the middle section, and casually insults his leading lady. The film itself was, almost unbelievably, once banned in the UK as a video nasty. I mean, what's a few exploding strap-on torsos filled with animal blood and offal between horror fans?
Other than that it's a passable time-waster but don't expect anything more that.
Actually, it isn't turtlier because Gamera isn't in it as much as you expect. On the other hand the puny humans, who usually seem to be there just to cut down on the more expensive scenes of monster mayhem, aren't too bad in this one and the bad monsters are quite cool.
So, definitely recommended to fans of the genre.
Surprisingly there's also a good batch of extras. Outtakes isn't what it seems, rather it's a collection of scenes redubbed with risque dialogue. Lake Texarcana Gamera is a mini version of the film as dubbed by rednecks and is very very funny. Add an unofficial extra star for these unexpected but welcome bonuses.
The look of the movie is good, certainly well photographed and composed. The casting varies from generally adequate to perfect (and here I'm thinking in particular of the little girl with glasses, though you'll have to be familiar with both the movie and the book to know why) and Natalie Portman does the business.
It's just the ending which differs so wildly from the novel. In its favour it is consistent with something V quotes early on, "The government should be afraid of its people..." And when the masks come off and you see some of the faces underneath... Well, it's a poignant moment. (Can you tell, I'm trying not to give too much away?)
But I suppose I just miss Alan Moore's chaos.
So, if I really don't know, at least the movie has me thinking seriously about it which is something most of them don't. All I can say in conclusion is, give it a try and make your own mind up because, whatever its faults, it is worth watching.
Kim's family don't play the central role in her life as they did in the first series. Her parents try being swingers in an attempt to resolve their marital problems and you can imagine how that turns out. The subplot concerning Matt her younger brother and his voyage of self-discovery from Marilyn Manson into something even more outrageous is sadly given short shrift and deserved more emphasis -the young actor does a lot with so little.
Never dull, always engaging, often funny, sweetly tastefully sexy, Olivia Hallinan is terrific, and if that isn't enough, buy it to watch Sarah Jane Potts smile, it's a smile to fall in love with.