19 years after the original movie came out, a direct to video sequel was released, with some similarities and some differences. For the similarities, there is the fact that this was inspired by a print media, in this case a graphic novel. The differences are that instead of several short stories linked together, this is only one story, and the hard rock/alt metal music in the film actually fit more with the title of the film than it’s predecessor’s did. However, did these differences make it as successful of a film? Judge for yourself as I write about today’s movie, Heavy Metal 2000.
The plot: While on a mining expedition in an asteroid, Tyler comes across a green crystal which happens to be the key to a legendary fountain of immortality, but drives the one who holds the key insane. After grabbing the key, Tyler kills his companion then heads back to the main ship where he kills the captain and most of the crew. On his search for the fountain, Tyler comes across the planet Eden, whose inhabitants, the Edenites, have traces of the immortality fluid in their bodies. Tyler has his ship invade Eden, killing or capturing all of the Edenites, but when one of his men, Germain, tries to save one of the Edenites, Kerrie, Tyler leaves him stranded on the planet. Julie, Kerrie’s sister, managed to survive the attack and after finding and threatening Germain, agrees to team up with him to locate Tyler. They track Tyler to a space station and when Julie finds him in a club, she proceeds to shoot him several times but Tyler’s wounds manage to heal due to the ampules he is drinking. A gunfight ensues and Tyler winds up blowing up the club but Julie manages to escape. Julie and Germain get in their ship and manage to use a tractor beam to latch onto Tyler’s ship as it makes a warp jump. Tyler tries to shake off the their ship but his efforts cause both ships to drop out of hyperspace and crash onto the planet Oroboris. When Julie wakes up, she finds herself alone but soon meets up with the sage Odin and his companion Zeek, a small rock creature. Meanwhile, Tyler has discovered that most of his crew have died in the crash and almost all of his ampules of immortality fluid have been destroyed. He orders Dr. Schechter to extract the fluids from Kerrie’s body while he and the rest of the surviving crew explore the planet. They locate a race of reptilian creatures and manages to take control of them when he kills their leader. Julie, Odin, and Zeek track Tyler to the city and Julie manages to infiltrate the city and once again tries to kill Tyler but before she can accomplish this, Zeek breaks in, grabs Julie, and flees with her. On their way back to the citadel, where the fountain is located, the trio discover Tyler’s ship and Julie is able to rescue her sister before blowing up the ship. When they make it to the citadel, Julie and Kerrie are reunited with Germain and Julie learns that Germain had tried to save Kerrie. Preparing themselves for war, Julie, Kerrie, and Germain stand with the guardians of the fountain as Tyler’s reptilian army storms the citadel. During the fighting, Tyler’s second in command, Lambert, is injured and when he tries to take Tyler’s last ampule, it shatters and Tyler kills him in a fit of rage. Tyler heads towards the fountain but Julie manages to reach him and the two fight, with Julie stabbing Tyler several times but he eventually is able to knock her down and use the key to open the fountain. However, before he can enter, Odin manages to distract him, which allows Julie to finally kill Tyler. Julie tries to destroy the key but Odin stops her, revealing that he is the last of the Arakacians, the creatures that created the fountain, and goes to claim it himself. Zeek gets there and takes the crystal, sealing Odin inside the fountain chamber, and after saying goodbye to Julie, heads to outer space where he buries the crystal inside another asteroid.
Heavy Metal 2000 was pretty much despised by the critics, as shown by the 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 0%. That’s just sad. Many of the critics felt that the sequel failed to catch the energy or magic of the first film and that instead of dragging it out to a full length feature, it would have been better as a shorter story that was part of an ensemble. Like it’s predecessor, the movie did release a soundtrack but it also failed to get any recognition outside of the fans of the bands involved in the soundtrack.
This was a rather disappointing sequel. Aside from the various scenes of nudity and gore, there really wasn’t anything different than what you would see on your average cartoon. For a feature film, you would expect more effort into the animation. I did like the some of the voice acting as Michael Ironside did a great job with Tyler and Billy Idol and Julie Strain were decent as Odin and Julie respectively. The story was ok but I agree with the critics that it seemed stretched out too long and would have been better as maybe a 25-30 minute short instead. The music used in the film didn’t really have the synchronicity that the first movie had. It mainly seemed to just be put there because it was loud and had some harsh tones to the music. If you really want to watch it go ahead, but this is definitely a far cry from the original film.
Rating: 2 out of 5