Three stunt pilots Chuck, Scott and Beth are caught in a bizarre
flash of light but manage to emerge unharmed. They are later
informed by an agent of an interstellar peace-keeping agency
that they have become the host bodies of warriors from the
planet U40 to capture escaped monster Sorkin from the planet
who have arrived on Earth. They become the Ultra Force, headquartered
within Mount Rushmore and are assisted by a trio of robots,
Andy, Samson and Ulysses. Although equipped with futuristic
fighter crafts, one or more of them is required to transform
into an Ultraman a gigantic red and silver superhuman being,
to battle the monsters.
The Final Odyssey movie took a step away from the successful
formula in the long franchise of the Ultraman series, Ultraman
Tiga & Ultraman Dyna (the follow up movie) would serves
as the first step back to the likeable mould.
from the start, it goes straight into the clash between the
gigantic Ultraman and awful looking monster. This opening
sequence bears a strong resemblance to the opening action
sequences to ULTRAMAN
MEBIUS & ULTRAMAN BROTHERS and it’s a good way
to set the mood and tempo for an Ultraman movie.
plot presented here was also simple enough to easily digest
and yet innovative enough from the other two installments
to keep the viewer awake and intrigue. The military had just
invented a new weapon Promiteous that could destroy Ultraman
and why would human invent such stuff that could possibly
be used against their defender? Although on one hand, the
conspiracy against Ultraman Dyna is easily figured out, it’s
still quite entertaining to see how it’s reveal, especially
when the weapon Promiteous was used to challenge Ultraman
new aspect of this film would be the human host for Ultraman
Dyna. Those who are so used to seeing the Ultraman human host
being all serious and uptight, will find it weird seeing this
Asuka (Dyna’s human host) clowning around and acting
like a jester. Lucky the focus here were not so much on the
human host like it was on the previous Ultraman Tiga’s
movie and wisely spread the Ultra action over the comedic
performance of Asuka.
not least, don’t be mistaken by the title even though
Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Dyna both shared the title credit,
this movie is a strictly Ultraman Dyna’s ball game with
Ultraman Tiga making an cameo at the end of the film. There
isn’t a lot of the tag team collaboration in this movie
as compared to ULTRAMAN MEBIUS & ULTRAMAN BROTHERS but
somehow seeing these two Ultraman joining forces in the midst
of extreme obstacles was still a blast and it somehow set
the superiority of the monsters fights that they are in.
it’s what been expected from an Ultraman movie. Good
morale education in this movie that emphasis on believing
in oneself and never giving up even in difficult situations
make this a good movie to showcase to the younger one. Simple
plots and entertaining fights between giants will the youngsters
glued to the screen and a nostalgic trip for the older group,
making this an ideal movie for the young and the not so old.
SPECIAL FEATURES :
This movie comes in 2.0 Dolby Japanese, Malay and English
soundtracks and English, Chinese and Bahasa subtitles. Although
the English soundtracks are not in sync with the actors’
lips movements, it sound so much more natural compared to
ULTRAMAN MEBIUS & ULTRAMAN BROTHERS’s English soundtracks.
Another interesting trivial observation here is that the English
soundtrack and subtitles does not match up which make one
wonder which is a better translation of the original dialogue.
by Richard Lim Jr aka Ultrafan Dicka