Picks and Pans Review: Guyver 2: Dark Hero

updated 07/10/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/10/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Sean Barker was just a normal guy until an alien armor unit invaded his body. Now without warning and with excruciating pain, he transforms into the Guyver, a bug-eyed and none-too-chipper superhero. Based on a Japanese comic book character, the Guyver (David Hayter) looks like a cross between TV's M.A.N.T.I.S. and a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger villain. His fighting style entails a little martial-arts fore-play. Eventually, though, he simply picks his opponent and heaves him 30 yards or so into a wall.

In this film, Sean heads for Utah to check out sightings of an alien species that are strangely familiar to him. As in the original film (a straight-to-video project), the Guyver is up against the Zoanoids, a mutant zoomorphic breed of miscreants. Such clunky, cult fare would be more entertaining if there weren't such long dull gaps between the action sequences.

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