HEAVY METAL 2000
VOICES OF: Michael Ironside, Julie Strain, Billy Idol, Pier Kohl,
Sonja Ball, Brady Moffatt
2000, 88 Minutes, Directed by: Michael Coldewey and
On a distant planet, a fountain of eternal
life has been locked away by a race of supposedly wise people, who have
buried the only key deep in space. If found, the key will give directions
to the planet, but will also drive the finder crazy--which is exactly what
happens. On his way to the planet of youth, Tyler (voice of venerable
character actor Michael Ironside) wipes out most of a space colony and
kidnaps a sexy woman. His big mistake is that he doesn't kill the woman's
sister, Julie (voice of B-movie actress Julie Strain), who then sets out
on a mission of rescue and revenge. —
Heavy Metal 2000 (also known as Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2) is a sequel of
sorts to the 1981 animated movie, Heavy Metal. The original movie was
"inpsired" by the Heavy Metal magazine, an American-ized version
of the European adult fantasy comic book of the same name (its original
title in French is "Metal Hurlant"). It resembled the magazine
in that it consisted of several disparate story segments, each made by a
different creative team of animators, writers and so forth.
The comics also usually had several such storylines in each issue, most
of them liberally sprinkled with violence and sex. Strangely enough, this
movie isn't based on any Heavy Metal comic, but instead on a graphic novel
(I have never read) titled The Melting Pot, which features the
talent of one Kevin Eastman. That Eastman also gave the world the Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles should be a clue as to this movie's quality.
That Eastman's wife, one Julie Strain, lends her voice talents to this
effort should tell you a bit more too.
"The animation is of the quality that one expects from a Saturday
morning cartoon . . ."
This "sequel", made almost 20 years after the original, only
has one storyline and cast of characters. For some reason it reminded me
of the final sequence in the original movie (which the movie's posters
featured) and involved a scantily dressed female, erm, atop a flying
dragon. It was also the weakest and most long-winded sequence in that
movie and that should give you a good indication of how this movie is: the
plot is wafer thin and the story stretched out beyond its breaking point.
It involves a mad man and his private army wiping out a settlement on a
distant planet. A woman with big boobs survives and vows revenge. And
that's it. No, really. Whereas the original movie had some sense of fun
and had its tongue stuck firmly in its cheek, Heavy Metal 2000 isn't much
fun at all.
Both the plot and animation is of the quality that one expects
from a Saturday morning cartoon. Only the crude bits of sex and graphic
violence no doubt aimed at horny pubescent boys (is there any other sort?)
sets it apart from such standard TV fare. Like the similar, but more
mainstream Titan AE, it also features some contemporary metal songs that
grate away on the soundtrack for no other apparent purpose except to sell
If you want some animated violence, sex and mayhem then rather check
out some Japanese anime titles such as Ninja Scroll, Akira and the like.
Or perhaps even the original movie.
But Heavy Metal 2000 isn't much fun .