Rated: PG for violence and frightening-looking creatures. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: June 30, 1995 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
The biggest thing to hit the small screen for the 10 set premieres on the big screen, complete with splashy costumes, spunky heroes and evil monsters.
Unlike the tacky-looking television version, a lot of money was spent on sets and special effects, which are pretty good.
The six young adults who compose the teen Power Rangers - Steve Cardenas as "Rocky," Karan Ashley as "Aisha," Johnny Yong Bosch as "Adam," David Yost as "Billy," Amy Jo Johnson as "Kimberly" and Jason David Frank as "Tommy" - are fresh-faced, karate-kicking good guys. Thankfully, because of their limited acting skills, their dialogue is mostly made up of grunts and groans that accompany their gymnastic kicks.
The Power Rangers are called on to rid the world of the evil Ivan Ooze (Paul Freeman), a purple mound that changes from grotesque human shape to a sticky ooze. He resembles grape bubble gum and has some witty dialogue fro which parents will get a giggle.
The Rangers are polite, clean-cut heroes and their energetic hijinks and hi-tech Zords (flying machines) are loved by the kids. I thought that some of the characters might be quite scary for younger viewers, but to my surprise, the young audience seemed delighted with the action on-screen.
From the opening sequence of skydiving Rangers to dinosaur bones menacingly coming to life, to the big climax with the Rangers fighting Ooze's gigantic mechanical scorpions, even the smallest moviegoer's attention was captured. Mom and Dad beware! This looks like a new reason to shell out money for Power Rangers promotional goodies.
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