‘This $#!t is bananas!’
Ape vs. Mecha Ape is a 2023 American monster movie about a battle between a giant gorilla and a massive robot primate. The film is a sequel to Ape vs Monster.
Written and directed by Marc Gottlieb (Cousin Howard; writer of 2025 Armageddon; Jungle Run; Aquarium of the Dead; Fast and Fierce: Death Race; Triassic World; Alien Convergence; Planet of the Sharks). The movie was photographed by Michael Su (director of Bloodthirst; 2025 Armageddon; Night of the Tommyknockers; Bridge of the Doomed; Death Count). Produced by Paul Bales and David Michael Latt. Executive produced by David Rimawi.
The Global Asylum production stars Tom Arnold (Alien Storm; Dead Ant; Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th; Body Bags), Xander Bailey (Titanic 666; Bullet Train Down; Apocalypse of Ice), Sady Diallo, Elizabeth Harding, Maureen Kedes, Eugenia Kuzmina, Lisa Lee, Jack Pearson, Brendan Petrizzo, Rasko Relic, Iris Svis, Anna Telfer, Corbin Timbrook, Ivana Trisic and Lindsey Marie Wilson.
Recognising the destructive power of its captive giant Ape, the military makes its own battle-ready A.I., Mecha Ape. However, its first practical test goes horribly wrong, leaving the military no choice but to release the imprisoned giant ape to stop the colossal robot before it destroys downtown Chicago…
“The effects are solid and there are more scenes of destruction though still not as much as kaiju fans will be expecting. If it had included a couple of scenes of Mecha Ape vs. military action this could have been a much better film. Instead, it doesn’t rise much above watchable, wasting an amusing plot and good effects in the process.” 2.5 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony
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Ape vs. Mecha Ape was released theatrically in select locations in the USA plus On-Demand (VOD) and on Digital platforms on March 24, 2023.
In the UK, the movie will be released on DVD by High Fliers on May 29, 2023.
Cast and characters:
Tom Arnold … Hamilton
Xander Bailey … Arnott
Sady Diallo … Florien
Elizabeth Harding … Volodrezjkan Soldier
Maureen Kedes … Boyd
Eugenia Kuzmina … Zara
Lisa Lee … Laura
Jack Pearson … Joel
Brendan Petrizzo … Volodrezjkan Soldier
Rasko Relic … Volodrezjkan General
Iris Svis … Pavla
Anna Telfer … Sloane
Corbin Timbrook … Pierce
Ivana Trisic … Crowd
Lindsey Marie Wilson … Blanka
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