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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

Year: 1995
Production Co: Saban Entertainment
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Bryan Spicer
Producer: Suzanne Todd
Where do you start on a kids action movie that has a villain forming from a pile of gloop that crawls out of a hole on the then half-built World Square towers in George Street, Sydney? Or a climatic battle with the giant bad guy using Sydney Tower as a sword? Or a huge insect-like robot shooting cars on the corner of Market and York streets, right outside the Queen Victoria Building (a scene I actually saw being filmed on the day, if you're that interested)? Or the heroes sitting around celebrating their victory at Jordons seafood restaurant in Darling Harbour?

Yes, for Sydneysiders, this flash-in-the-pan kids toy franchise was a spot-the-locale treat. Everything else was a puree of lazy, dumb plotting, pat comic book scripting and Neighbours-quality acting.

Five kids who have animal totems dress up in suits and fight evil. End of story. The success of the property didn't last in part because it was just kids in suits, and in part because it belonged in a cheap TV series and was never going to sustain a 90 minute movie with Sydney Tower badly superimposed into the hand of a giant monster.

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