G-Saviour (Ｇセイバー, Jī-Seibā) is a 2000 live-action made-for-TV mecha action movie based on the Gundam franchise.
The movie was poorly received by filmgoers and Gundam fans alike to the point that Sunrise, the franchise‘s owners have deemed it non-canon and pretended that it never existed.
Universal Century 0223. 70 years after the downfall of the Zanscare Empire, the Earth Federation has collapsed and replaced by the Congress of Settlement Nations, who sought to control all of the space colonies by covering up the existence of a bioluminescent enzyme that could feed the colonists, who are starving to death.
Former CONSENT pilot Mark Curran (Brennan Elliot) finds himself back in action when he rescues the enzyme‘s inventor, Dr. Graves (Enuka Okuma, who would later on voice Lady Une in the dub of Gundam Wing - indeed, nigh every actor in the movie is also a voice actor for Ocean Productions, which would go on to do pretty much every single Gundam dub in the 2000s). He decides to fight alongside anti-CONSENT rebels by piloting the titular mobile suit (mecha): G-Saviour.
Why It Sucks
- Has barely anything to do with Gundam, let alone the Universal Century timeline.
- The titular mobile suit doesn‘t appear until 50 minutes into the movie, which runs for at least 90 minutes.
- A weak and clichè storyline that also has a couple of plot holes.
- Extremely forgettable and poorly written characters, a far-cry from the rest of the franchise.
- The action is too slow-paced by Gundam standards, likely due to the low budget which mostly went into the CGI Mobile Suit models.
- Some of the movie‘s sets are poorly lit to the point that you can barely see.
- Extremely obvious and cheap-looking CGI, which is especially weird considering it's been done by the same people who worked on the 1990s Star Trek shows.
- Average soundtrack which has been compared (rather unfavorably) to Power Rangers.
- This movie is yet another example of poor anniversary material, with it being part of the Big Bang Project for the 20th anniversary of the franchise. Even more irksome is the fact that very project also gave Turn A Gundam, which is considered by many to be the high point of the franchise as a whole. Bandai and Sunrise wouldn't attempt another Gundam live action production until news emerged in 2019 that they partnered with Legendary Pictures and comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y - The Last Man) to produce a new Gundam live action movie.
- Despite the overall dullness of soundtrack, (the main theme music is quite good.)
- The design of the G-saviour itself is decent.
- It is non-canon to the Universal Century of the Gundam universe.
- There is superior-in-every way video-game sequel for the Playstation 2, but it wasn't released outside of Japan.