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During a tunnel excavation, a group of workers discover a rock so solid and so durable that even their most powerful and expensive drill cannot break through. With further examination, they find some strange creature fossils that are unlike any dinosaur fossil they have come across. Leena Pierre, a young archaeologist woman, and Tim, her American partner are then called on the site to find out more details about these strange remains. Their intrusion in the cave also awakens Garuda, a mystical giant bird associated to old Thai folklore. Now, that Garuda is fully awakened and going on rampage, it is up to Leena, Tim and the military team leader to put Garuda back to sleep before it reaches the surface.
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The large (15-20 foot) creature is revived and starts attacking the military unit assigned to the project. They seem to specialize in this sort of thing and a flashback shows then fighting a giant snake. The bird creature stalks the people through the cavern and stations. Eventually the creature and survivors make it to the surface where the final showdown must occur before the creature can destroy the city.
This film was hard to understand. One of the main characters is part Thai and part American. She is therefore ostracized as being not Thai. Despite this, she is brought in on the project. But she doesn't do anything. The military blows up the rock and opens the cave. She is held prisoner, attacked, and blamed for the deaths of everyone killed by the creature. So why is she there? I don't know. Her main purpose seems to be so that others can tell her she is not really Thai.
The effects are pretty good CGI and animatronics. But can this really be a kaiju film when the creature is so small? Many would say no. I thing is the woman had not been included in the film that it would have worked better as the action sequences and effects make for a good monster film even if parts of the plot make no sense. One speech berating the woman is mostly about her not being Thai. The soldier then goes on to wonder why the rest of the world can't be more like the Thai as they have learned to respect others. Considering all of the Not-Thai arguments, this is almost laughable. If you want plausible arguments stay away but if you want a good monster, check it out.