Well to start on a bad note unrelated to the film itself, ADV's release is poor. The picture is not anamorphic for widescreen presentations so it's pretty much a letterbox view for me. Worse, the picture itself does not show color that well, looking very green and goopy with slightly to moderately blurry text. I know these issues aren't unique to my particular copy either. Hopefully someday a company like Mill Creek or Media Blasters will secure the rights to it and give it a proper HD widescreen presentation with digital surround sound audio because this is a film that depends heavily upon its "flair" like the visuals and soundtrack. Back to the movie ... Gunhed is a mixed bag for me. The basic idea of the movie is great. But several things are lost in translation. The story can be a little difficult to follow along, but it all ends up being a little dry. The characters fall completely flat. Speaking of, other than the main cast we don't really see anyone else in the entire movie. There's a sense of eeriness and isolation that actually might help the movie as a result rather than detract from it; but again, the boring characters that we don't care about or have attachment to keep this from working to full effect. There is a sprinkling of random items that are left unexplained or otherwise confusing to the viewer but I don't delve into them all. In spite of these issues, Gunhed is still reasonably enjoyable for its top notch special effects and cool setting/visuals. The soundtrack is also pretty awesome, with a very 80s theme that works well and is fresh, not feeling like recycled stuff from previous Toho productions. In the end, Gunhed may well have worked out better if Godzilla was integral to the movie. Without Godzilla and all the changes supposedly made to the script, the movie doesn't feel quite right, quite complete ... something like that.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.