Review: BRAVE STORM (2017)

Looking less like a soda pop and more like a wrestler @ BLAST INC.

While on a business trip last week, I had the pleasure of catching an exclusive market screening of BRAVE STORM, a 2017 Tokusatsu film produced by Japan-based BLAST Inc. A familiar-looking robot on the film’s poster caught my eye, and I soon found out that it was a loose remake of the 1973 Senkosha-produced series Super Robot Red Baron.

The film features contemporary versions of the characters from the Red Baron series, and probably due to the Senkosha connection, adds another forgotten hero from their library, Silver Kamen, into the film, as the futuristic hero Silver. BRAVE STORM is the first feature effort from writer/director Junya Okabe, whose Tokusatsu credentials include visual effects supervision on the 2009 Ultraman epic Ultra Galaxy Legends.

With no narrative connection to any of the shows that inspired it, BRAVE STORM opens in the Year 2050, a dystopian future where the Kyrgyz race of aliens have brought humanity to near extinction with an army of Black Baron robots, each fitted with an atmosphere transformation device that emits smog that is poisonous to humans.

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Column: Are we on the verge of a Power Rangers rebirth?

Power Rangers Official Trailer – It’s Morphin Time!

#ItsMorphinTime! ⚡ Watch the NEW official #PowerRangersMovie trailer now – In theaters March 24.

Posted by Power Rangers Movie on Thursday, 19 January 2017

The new SABAN’S POWER RANGERS trailer makes me happy.

I didn’t exactly fall into the camp which disliked the previous trailer, in fact I quite liked its tone and the way it was shot. However, there was a slight worry that the characters and the action scenes might fall short of what Power Rangers is supposed to be. The new trailer changes all that.

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Five reasons why the Power Rangers teaser is underwhelming

The Iron Rangers need to do much better @ Lionsgate

The Iron Rangers need to do much better @ Lionsgate

A teaser for the upcoming POWER RANGERS film was released over the weekend at the 2016 New York Comic Con to much excitement. To be honest, it felt quite underwhelming for me. Lionsgate need to do much better for the next teaser, or risk losing fan excitement for the Power Rangers remake.

Here’s five reasons why I thought the teaser was unimpressive: Read more