Heavy Metal 2000
|Heavy Metal 2000|
|Directed by||Michael Coldewey
|Produced by||Jacques Pettigrew
|Screenplay by||Robert P. Cabeen
|Based on||The Melting Pot
by Kevin Eastman
Simon Bisley and
Julie Strain Eastman
|Music by||Frederic Talgorn|
|Editing by||Brigitte Brault|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
|Running time||88 minutes|
Heavy Metal 2000 (also known as Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.² outside North America) is the 2000 follow-up to the 1981 animated cult film Heavy Metal, based on the fantasy magazine of the same name. The story itself is based on the graphic novel, The Melting Pot, written by Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley and Eric Talbot. The film was made by CinéGroupe, a studio based in Montreal, Quebec.
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A miner named Tyler (voiced by Michael Ironside) finds a green crystal and becomes obsessed with an insatiable hunger for power and immortality. He kills his mining partner and most of the crew of the mining ship after touching a green crystal. The story skips ahead and Tyler has now filled the ship with thugs and pirates. He heads to a planet that has a fountain of immortality, but stops at a planet designated F.A.K.K.² (Federation-Assigned Ketogenic Killzone to the second level), because its inhabitants carry a small amount of immortality water in their bodies. Tyler abducts a few people but kills all the rest, missing one: Julie (voiced by Julie Strain). She vows to avenge her family and kill Tyler before he reaches the fountain planet. Julie is unaware, though, that her sister Kerrie (Sonja Ball) is still alive after the terrorist attack and is one of Tyler's hostages. Germaine, a member of Tyler's highjacked crew, was left behind after he attempted to protect Kerrie, so he reluctantly agrees to help Julie.
Their search takes them to a renegade space station, full of sleaze and depravity. When Tyler tries to rape a waitress in a strip club, Julie intervenes and almost kills him. However, Tyler uses a serum to immediately regenerate even the most critical injuries. After a gunfight, he then blows up the club with grenades from Julie's bandoleer. Julie and Germaine follow Tyler to his ship and uses a tractor beam to latch onto his ship before they go through a Hyperjump. Discovering them mid-travel, Tyler orders fighters and eventually a bomber to be sent out, but all they do is cause the hyperspace to crash, and both ships along with it.
After crash landing, Julie wakes desert planet, while Tyler's ship is totaled and most of his men and the captured people are dead. Julie meets a mysterious sage named Odin (Billy Idol) and his charge, Zeek (a talking rock who calls Julie "soft one"). Elsewhere, Tyler discovers a race of reptilian beings; he challenges a champion and then their leader to a deathmatch in which he is almost killed. Tyler wins, though, by throwing the leader into a lava pit, and declares himself their new lord. Julie enters the city disguised of a woman the reptiles found for Tyler. That night, while seducing Tyler, Julie tries to kill him by stabbing him in the neck with a horned reptilian skull and shoving his head into a lava fountain. Her attack fails when Zeek, ordered by Odin to extract Julie, overpowers her and takes Julie back to Odin.
Julie later infiltrates Tyler's ship, where she finds out Kerrie is alive and discovers Tyler has been distilling the immortality serum from her people's bodies. She attacks Tyler's doctor, revealing him to be a robot. The attack also sets the complex on fire with a strange blue flame. Julie manages to free Kerrie and they escape just before the complex explodes. Tyler sees the explosion from the distance and is devastated that his source of regenerative serum has been destroyed. He angrily kills one of his soldiers, then declares he will make Julie immortal so he can "screw her and kill her every hour of every day for all eternity". Deciding that time is short since his ship was destroyed and he was down to three vials of serum, he orders his troops to storm the citadel where the immortality waters are located.
Meanwhile, back at the sacred city where the fountain is located, Julie undergoes the ritual Taarna did in the first film and is outfitted in skimpy armor. Along with her sister and Germaine, they help fend off Tyler's army, although they are unable to keep them at bay after the city elder is assassinated. After Tyler drops the last potion he kills Lambert. Just as he gets through the fountain's last lock, Tyler is confronted by Julie and they fight. She puts the axe's handle on Tyler's right eye before he's able to put the crystal in the lock. Tyler appears to have the upper hand, until Odin intervenes and is injured, giving Julie time to viciously tear into Tyler, who shrivels up since he ran out of the serum. Odin then reveals himself to be the last of the creatures responsible for creating the fountain. He mocks Julie and Tyler for helping him get this far. When it seems all hope is lost, Zeek pulls the crystal key from its pedestal, locking Odin inside the fountain and sending himself into the depths of space.
The film closes with Julie being helped out by Germaine and Kerrie, while Zeek confirms through a monologue that the stone is safe with him and will not fall into any evil forces that come looking for it.
- Julie Strain — Julie
- Michael Ironside — Tyler
- Billy Idol — Odin
- Sonja Ball — Kerrie
- Pier Paquette — Germain St. Germain
- Brady Moffatt — Lambert
- Rick Jones — Zeek
- Arthur Holden — Dr. Schechter
Video game and sequel
The film had a video game about the events after Heavy Metal 2000, titled Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.², in which the player assumes the role of Julie as she fights to save Eden from an evil entity called "GITH". The game is set some time after the film and features cameo appearances of several movie characters, for example, Julie's sister Kerrie, the pilot Germaine (now married to Kerrie), and resurrected Tyler.
After the release of Heavy Metal 2000, a third Heavy Metal movie has been in various stages of development since. During 2008 and into 2009, reports circulated that David Fincher and James Cameron would executive produce, and each direct one of the eight to nine segments for, a new animated Heavy Metal feature. Kevin Eastman would also direct a segment, as well as animator Tim Miller, with Zack Snyder, Gore Verbinski and Guillermo del Toro attached to direct segments. However, Paramount Pictures decided to stop funding the film by August 2009 and no distributor or production company has shown interest in the second sequel since. In 2011, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez announced at Comic-Con that he had purchased the film rights to Heavy Metal and planned to develop a new animated film at the new Quick Draw Studios.
|Heavy Metal 2000 OST|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||April 18, 2000|
|Genre||Heavy metal, alternative rock, alternative metal, industrial metal, hard rock|
|Heavy Metal film soundtracks chronology|
|Heavy Metal 2000|
Alternative cover used for the "clean" edition of the album.
The Heavy Metal 2000 OST is the 2000 soundtrack album to the film of the same name. The album features music by bands such as Pantera, Coal Chamber, Apartment 26, Billy Idol, Monster Magnet, System of a Down, Queens of the Stone Age, Puya, and other prominent alternative metal and hard rock bands. The album also features industrial-oriented selections, two tracks by alternative rock artists (Bauhaus and Queens of the Stone Age) and one hip hop track by Twiztid and Insane Clown Posse.
- "F.A.K.K. U" — 1:44
- "Silver Future" by Monster Magnet — 4:29
- "Missing Time" by MDFMK — 4:35
- "Immortally Insane" by Pantera — 5:11
- "Inside the Pervert Mound" by Zilch — 4:07
- "Dirt Ball" by Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid — 5:33
- "Störagéd" by System of a Down — 1:17
- "Rough Day" by Days of the New — 3:18
- "Psychosexy" by Sinisstar — 4:02
- "Infinity" by Queens of the Stone Age — 4:40
- "Alcoholocaust" by Machine Head — 3:38
- "Green Iron Fist" by Full Devil Jacket — 3:51
- "Hit Back" by Hate Dept. — 3:52
- "Tirale" by Puya — 5:34
- "Dystopia" by Apartment 26 — 2:56
- "Buried Alive" by Billy Idol — 5:10
- "Wishes" by Coal Chamber — 3:06
- "The Dog's a Vapour" by Bauhaus — 6:44
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