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G-Saviour - The Movie

2.9 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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G-Saviour: The Movie is an oddity: an American live-action film made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gundam, one of the most popular and successful franchises in anime history. Although Yoshiyuki Tomino's mecha show actually debuted on Japanese television in 1979, it was the three feature-length compilations of the series released in 1981-82 that made Gundam a hit. The programs that followed are sprawling sci-fi epics that focus on teenagers whose psychic abilities enable them to pilot the splendidly designed robot-suits. The plot of G-Saviour, in which an evil general tries to destroy a mysterious enzyme that could end world hunger, is no hokier than many of the animated Gundam adventures. But the characters are all adults, and the turgid romance, in which a woman precipitates a war over her pilot-boyfriend's affections, lands with a thud. The film lacks the scope and brilliant design work of the anime series: despite the numerous CG effects by Digital Muse, G-Saviour feels like an undistinguished movie-of-the-week. Rated 13 Up: Violence, minor profanity. --Charles Solomon

From the Back Cover

Universal Century 223. The Earth Federation has collapsed; now the Earth is ruled by the Congress of Settlement Nations (CONSENT). But a group of rebels, with the reluctant aid of former CONSENT officer Mark Curran, discover a secret that could change the future of mankind forever! But CONSENT doesn't want this secret to get out, and they will go to any lengths-including starting a war-to stop it. Their only hope is a new weapon... the G-Saviour!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brennan Elliott, Enuka Okuma, David Lovgren, Blu Mankuma, Catarina Conti
  • Directors: Graeme Campbell
  • Writers: Mark Amato, Stephanie Pena-Sy
  • Producers: Catarina Conti, Anthony Scala, Buddy Marini, Chris Dobbs, Kôichi Inoue
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Live, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RZPY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "G-Saviour - The Movie" on IMDb

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By A Customer on July 22, 2002
Format: DVD
Lets get right to it:
The Good:
1) Nice mecha designs and the CG looked good.
2) Good (but too brief) battle scene towards the end.
The Bad:
1) Wooden characters. Ironic that the the first 3D version of Gundam would have such 1D characters. Besides the Mecha, Gundam has always had great characters and this movie had none.
2) Slow pacing. It takes way to long to get to the big Mecha battle at the end and then its over much too quickly.
The Ugly:
1) This should have been a Japanese production. In Western hands it just came out unimaginative and boring. It happened with Godzilla (which luckily is back in Japanese hands) and its happened here with Gundam.
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I am a die hard Gundam fan. Everything from the 0079 series to Turn A and even Wing. Gundam has a very big cult following and for us fans it is an animated world full of action, drama, mystery and suspense. It is sad to see how G-Saviour bastardized the Gundam universe. The only thing worth watching is the 5 minutes of CG which isn't really all that great. The plot is REALLY bad, the acting is horrible, the characters are VERY plain and one dimensional. If you are a Gundam fan please don't purchase this lame excuse for a movie...if you do they'll only start making more garbage like this. Unfortunately this was an impulse buy and I am stuck with it (the people I have offered to give it away to don't want it). Spend your money elsewhere...perhaps start exploring other Anime/Mecha titles such as Getter Robo or Big O. If not go ahead and burn your money...it's probably more enjoyable to watch than this movie.
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G-Saviour is enjoyable enough but could have been more. The lack of character back story is a big flaw presented and trying to fit a large story into so little time. I found it more enjoyable and more watchable than made for T.V. Films on the SyFy Channel. With film technology where it is now G-Saviour only teases what could be done with a major production budget for a live action Gundam film...
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With my goal to watch everything related to Mobile Suit Gundam and the Universal Century on DVD for 2008, I realized that there was a film released in 2000 (DVD released in 2002) to celebrate the Gundam 20th Anniversary.

In a collaboration with Sunrise, Inc. and Polestar Television, "G-SAVIOUR THE MOVIE" was released.

With a budget of nearly $9 million, the film would combine live action with CGI with the majority of the film in live action.

The film would take place in the Universal Century 223, way past the storyline of the anime series and there is no mention of Gundam in this film.

If anything, this film could be seen as one of those films you would catch on the Sci-Fi channel and realize that it has mecha and kick back and enjoy it.

I know this film is not accepted by Gundam fans, not accepted by Gundam co-creator Tomino Yoshiyuki but being the sci-fi fan that I am, I wanted to give this film the benefit of the doubt.

The film revolves around CONSENT (Congress of Settlement Nations) officer Mark Curran and one night, his ship was infiltrated by some unknown group who are looking for some type of lab samples. A gun fight ensues and CONSENT military led by Lt. Colonel Jack Halle (Curran's rival) ends up killing some of the people of this group.

Mark Curran then does his investigation and through interrogation, realizes that this group were actually scientists who were after something in the lab that would lead to the benefit of mankind.
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First of all you have to understand what it is you are buying. This is for the hard core fans. It is the final piece of the universal century timeline. The acting isn't going to win an oscar but if you have watched any of the show or movies the acting is always kind of over the top. But it was a solid story and if you know where this fits in the timeline I believe you will enjoy it for what it is. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I think it needed more mobile suits.

As for the seller I couldn't be more pleased. It arrived fast and is in excellent condition.
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I picked up a HK DVD of this in an online auction last year. They had the best of intentions when they made this, but it fell short. Despite a lot of what I�ve heard, the special effects are actually well done. The company responsible (Digital Muse) also handled the special effects for the Star Trek �Voyager� series. The acting isn�t horrible, but it isn�t great. I�d call it �lukewarm�, at best. On the plus side, the original voice track is English, so you don�t have to wonder about anything being left out as there is no translation to English. The story is disjointed. Again, it seems like they had a good idea, but couldn�t quite pull it off. If I remember correctly, the entire production schedule was rushed and cut short.
If you�re a fan of the various Gundam series, your time is better spent watching something like The 08th MS Team or Gundam 0080. Both of these are much more engrossing.
If you�re a sci-fi fan, this is probably B-movie grade, at best. The special effects are good, but not worth sitting through the rest of the movie to get to.
Unless you get a real good price, this movie is probably worth watching, but not worth owning.
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