The Talent: Gerard Butler, Dakota Fanning, director Zack Snyder
The Pitch: Snyder chooses the British version of the story line (since the Japanese plot is too confusing and the US Zoids toys were largely story-free): the mecha-creatures as locked in endless battle, split into red and blue factions.
When a group of humans lands on their planet, the new arrivals are caught in the middle of the conflict, and Butler's spaceman must bond with well-intentioned (but also massive and gun-laden) leader Zoidzilla to stop the evil reds from destroying everyone.
There's an early controversy when critics and scholars see the film as a clear endorsement of the invasion of Afghanistan and Snyder briefly takes his name off it in protest.
The Cost: $147 million.
The Box Office: $300 million. The sequel is directed by Frank Miller and everyone hates it.
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