Godzilla (2014)

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Godzilla (2014)
  • Time: 123 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen

Storyline:

In Summer 2014, the world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure “Godzilla.” From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

9 reviews

  • Great emotion, darkness, performances and action… I can’t imagine a movie doing “monsters” like Godzilla and the action between them any better.. So gritty and amazing to watch.. Bryan Cranston had a great performance and everyone else did their jobs well also. Godzilla himself definitely stole the show though! Just so epic and bada**! Job well done on this one! I thought the relationships were well done and the music was great also. I’m hoping we get to see some sequels down the road with this type of feel to it. I really think they can reinvent this genre for as good of a job as they did with this one. If is maybe one minor minor complaint, it may be that the second main actor outside of Crantson doesn’t quite own the screen the way Bryan does, but Cranston is just such a great talent that this isn’t really a big gripe!

  • (Rating: 3,5 / 5) It is one of the most anticipated reboots in recent times. “Godzilla”, one of the greatest Japanese landmarks, radioactive creature emerged from the Hiroshima bomb; though his fame in the United States is much smaller and has always hidden his sinister origin. Anyway, everyone want to see this film, plus take advantage of any positive element to continue criticizing the terrible 1998 version

    But this reboot only confirms kaiju monster as a sketch to correct. It is quite respectful of the original essence of Godzilla (the first film), this would be: the appearance of the monster as an incidental detail, and lots of exposure dialogues. In 2014, this has been the pattern to follow of the lukewarm “The Amazing Spider Man 2″ and if it is true that “Godzilla 2014″ is slightly better than the human spider, almost suffers the same problems. Here the movie is handled in two countries: Japan and the United States. Not that it is impossible, but one can guess the committee thinking, conceiving Japan to respect the natural country residence of the giant, but moving the rest to the EE. UU. with the non-Asian actors so the American public is not afraid of seeing a foreign film . This is a little detail that does not bother anything, but…

    But… the melodrama, the most criticized part in most reviews. It is here that the talent of a writer reveals, something that does not happen in this film. The first 15 minutes are common with a brief presentation of the parents of the protagonist in their workday, plus a death to anticipate what ‘s coming. The problem is that to create drama, to do things with a little more time. As the writer and director can not meet this rule because they need fast forward, everything is reduced to very broad strokes. Thus, the death of one of the characters in the first few minutes is not what, you say, a huge tragedy , simply because it is poorly directed and poorly written: do not even know these people much nor their romance. If one compares the first 15 minutes of ” Godzilla 2014 ” with, for example, the first few minutes of “Hulk 2003” (who also narrates the background of what happened with the parents of the green monster), it is clear that all the start of “Hulk 2003” is much more emotionally resonant, far more frightening than Godzilla

    After the lackluster start, the rest of the film follows the path that you expect: a crescendo of events up to the appearance of the monster; and once in that instance interlayer many moments dialogued with sporadic appearances of Godzilla and his monster friends. It is certainly not wrong to continue the approach to be more dramatic or dialogued than an action film, but the drama is just boring. When hovering action, a kind of surreal destruction in the vein of the terrific remake “The War of the Worlds” occurs. And when the action ceases, also follows the parallel with the Spielberg film, with the exception that in this 2005 production the anguished context and family drama was reasonably well written. Here the movie falls too commonplace. It is possible that one has forgiven clichés in many films, but here is supposed to be the return of a legend. The father of the protagonist, fresh out of jail, obsessed only with a couple of facts about the existence of a giant monster; the story about the protagonist and his family is known and vulgar filling, and even the explanation of the origin Godzilla and company is childish: a creature of the evolution of many years (say thousands. No, say millions) mixed with a kind of alternative about certain historical behavior as the U.S. and Russia did not prove its military pumps for competition in the cold War but to kill the monster (Absurd! Why nobody learned? And the monster did not wake up with so many bombs? Plus: a Covenant agreement between irreconcilable enemies like EE. UU. And Russia? Was not it more likely that these countries will use the monster to his advantage to attack his enemy?). To be a film that focuses on the dialogue or dramatic, is not very well written. Make no mistake: we do not claim that “The Amazing Spider Man 2” is “Casablanca” in the romance, and not pretend that “Godzilla 2014 ” is Woody Allen, but something mildly emotional. And speaking of Godzilla himself, lacks a personality (like the actors)

    “Godzilla 2014 ” reserves however, as expected, one “Pop-Corn” sequence in the last 15-20 minutes, that some will love it. If that is true, so enjoy!

  • The Godzilla (or, in Japanese, Gojira) franchise features a series of 28 original Japanese Kaiju (“monster”) movies. Inspired by the success of ‘King Kong’, the first ‘Godzilla’ was released in 1954 and was extremely influential, and it was adapted by Americans into ‘Godzilla, King of the Monsters!’. Godzilla inspired many other movies, video games and comics. Four Godzilla movies have been produced in America and one in Italy (also known as Cozzilla),while North Korea released ‘Pulgasari’, which was similar to Godzilla. The monster was created as an allegory of the effects and consequences of the hydrogen bomb, and represented the Japanese fear of the Hiroshima disaster happening again. This ‘Godzilla’ is a reboot of the one from 1954, and not a remake of the badly received 1998 version.

    In 1999, a couple of researchers are investigating the finding of a massive skeleton under an excavation site in the Philippines, along with a strange cocoon attached to it, and one that has apparently hatched. In Japan, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) is worried that the periodical ‘earthquakes’ occurring lately may cause damage unless the nuclear power plant he’s working in is shut down. As his wife (Juliette Binoche) approaches the reactor to check it for damage, a strong tremor causes a breach in the reactor, Joe’s wife’s death, and the collapse of the building. Fifteen years later, Joe’s son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) lives in the USA but is called to Japan to bail his father out, who’s been trespassing in order to find out what really happened the day his wife died. At the ‘abandoned’ nuclear plant, that has been turned into a military-protected research center, what happened in 1999 starts happening again.

    Interestingly enough, the two characters that looked like main characters in the trailer – Godzilla and Joe (Bryan Cranston) – are the ones you’ll see the least in the movie. I didn’t find this characteristic to be that bad, in regards to Godzilla. It manages to build tension and expectation as you wait for the monster to appear, and it also gives you time to appreciate the monsters Godzilla’s fighting – the so-called MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms). But the fact that Aaron Taylor-Johnson was the ‘human lead’, instead of Bryan Cranston, was just bad. Because Mr Kick-Ass isn’t a good actor, has no charisma, and the public doesn’t get anything from the script that can help sympathize with him. He has a wife and small child, and I could really care less, because most of the (too many) actors in the movie are just expendable and forgettable. The dialogues don’t help, either.

    On the bright side, like I said, the movie is tense. Many scenes occur at night, in silence – when all of a sudden a huge monster appears and destroys everything while shrieking maniacally, which is just beautiful. The CGI is great and the cinematography doesn’t disappoint, just like the majestic soundtrack. There aren’t as many action scenes as one would expect, and the MUTOs and Godzilla are gradually revealed, up until the final big fight. The fact that some serious effort has been put into creating an interesting story – and actually, the mere fact that there is a story, gives this movie an automatic thumbs up. All in all, this ‘Godzilla’ is an interesting, tense, fun monster movie to watch, that can be appreciated by newbies and long-term fans of the franchise equally.

    Rating: 7/10

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  • In monster movies, when someone – preferably an anxious scientist – tells you that the happening electrical fluctuations aren’t caused by transformer malfunctions, and that they are electromagnetic pulses, it’s wise to listen to them. Especially when their next sentence is: “You have no idea what’s coming”, and “it is going to send us back to the Stone Age”.

    In Godzilla, the new unspectacular version negating Roland Emmerich’s 1998 panned blockbuster, the line comes from a guy called Joe Brody played by a wasted Brian Cranston.

    In the world formed by screenwriter Max Borenstein’s and director Gareth Edwards, the sloppy hulking gray-ish lizard’s job is to kill the competing species. That would be the Mosura, a pair of winged Kaiju’s (that’s giant monster to anyone not from Japan), spawned by radiation whose off-springs – likely in the hundreds of thousands – would kill the planet’s domineering species; meaning us.

    We, after finding out nuclear explosions can’t hurt the big scaly lizard, are quick to pick sides. And so, in one of the scenes Godzilla has an official military escort as he swims to fight off the Mosura in the middle of San Francisco.

    Hundreds of anonymous citizens, wide-eyed in terror run frenzied, often with Lieutenant Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a soldier on his way back to his wife, Elle (Elizabeth Olsen), a nurse, who is too busy bandaging victims to hear of the Kaiju devastation playing on the big-screen television sets of her hospital.

    These scenes, which pop-up every now and then, are technically apt, very expensive to produce, but choppily executed. The upshot feels like a robbed experience, especially when the Kaiju’s take breathers during brawls, and disappear from scenes, and all we see – in 3D nonetheless – are real estate damages.

    The other pivotal humans, Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins, the government’s secret scientists, meanwhile are safe in fortified security.

    In a way, the characters vocations are custom-placed elements that would leverage the movie’s human angle. A soldier, making his way back will see a lot of action; the nurse would heal the wounded, the military would be concerned safe-keepers, and the scientists would be figuring the way out of this mess.

    Godzilla, like the monster-lizard, is equal parts bloated and boring.
    Edwards, who did a fantastic job with Monsters, is intelligent enough to build intrigue, if not momentum, in the first half, losing the movie’s pop grandeur once the Kaiju tournament begins.

    Most of the action, expensive as it is, keeps Godzilla out of frame or in the dark (the lizard has a 20% on-screen role). Edwards instead shifts focus on half-convincing human anguish – which, unfortunately isn’t his directorial forte, yet.

  • Godzilla 7/10- We all know that the 1998 Godzilla with Matthew Broderick was a total train wreck and a pointless remake doing nothing except attempting to copy the original with no success. Now, since I have not seen all of the original Godzilla, I will not make any comparisons. Having said that, the 2014 Godzilla is a good stand-alone film that features near ground breaking special effects plus top-notch acting from supporting actor Bryan Cranston.

    Aside from the acting from Bryan Cranston, the rest of the acting was sub-par at best. Then again, Bryan Cranston is a great actor and anyone who is compared to him in this film will be put to shame, so I will try not to be too harsh. Still, I expect the other actors to at least try their best and it seemed apparent that in some of the scenes that demanding good acting, they did not.

    The plot was hard to follow at times, but that may be because the trailer was not bad, but misleading and has you searching for a different path while the movie keeps giving us all of these twists and turns. What I liked about the plot though is that Godzilla was not the only monster, he was not the only possible antagonist. In terms of choosing those types for the other antagonists, I felt like they could have done better since giant mantis looking dinosaurs are not very appealing, but this is all just my opinion.

    I will not go over much of the acting since most of the movie is special effects, but I would like to give a couple spotlights. Bryan Cranston, as I said before, gave a powerful, literally astounding performance that owned every scene he was in. I was a little worried that he would not be able to set himself aside from Breaking Bad, but no need to worry, he is one of the best actors in Hollywood right now and he shows that in this film. Aaron Taylor-Johnson did nothing special in this film, but it is hard to blame him since he was in the heavy special effects scenes. The only performance I really did not like was from Elizabeth Olsen because she just did not sell the role of her being a loving mother and wife, the same with Aaron Taylor Johnson in terms of father and husband as well. They are both very young though so I think it would have been smarter to either get older actors or to have the couple but not the kid. The rest of the cast did average but again their is only one Bryan Cranston.

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  • The world’s most famous monster, Godzilla, has returned to this latest reboot. ‘It’ is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. I’ve only ever seen the 1998 film back when I was ten, but now as an adult was very excited to hear the announcement of the remake, especially to see what they could do with all the new age technology.

    The film starts off fantastically and really gets you in the mood, we are shown archived footage of the nuclear bomb tests (which we see in the trailer), where they attempt to kill Godzilla. While you are waiting in anticipation for Godzilla to appear, what makes this version great is that we get the human story first, it’s a long build and we end up waiting around the hour mark to finally witness Godzilla in all his glory. It doesn’t rush the story and it’s more about the human side dealing with the destruction, rather than a film about Godzilla terrorising the city.

    We are introduced to a new monster / dinosaur (whatever you want to call them) named M.U.T.O., which have never been seen before. I was unaware going into the film that there would be this element to it, as I was under the impression it would be like the 1998 remake of Godzilla, where it was…
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  • Let me just start by saying ‘Godzilla’ was great. It’s fantastically well directed, the visual effects are stunning and some sequences leave you at the edge of your seats. You can truly feel the dark tone and the atmosphere that the film manages to create. The cinematography is brilliant and the score truly meshes with the key moments of the movie.

    After a largely disconnected first act the film picks itself up and goes towards absolute pandemonium. The acting is not bad but rather adequate. Bryan Cranston does not get a lot of screen-time but still manages to give the best performance of the film. Ken Watanabe is not bad either. However, the biggest disappointment is Aaron Taylor- Johnson who takes the lead role and gives a rather bland performance. At times, it seems that he is there to simply move the plot along. The film definitely suffers from poor characterization and the characters are undoubtedly paper thin. Thankfully, The action and destruction make up for that. Godzilla is relegated to a supporting role in his own movie and the main attention goes towards the M.U.T.Os (Massively. Unidentified. Terrestrial. Organisms) However, I don’t see how he could have been used any other way. Whenever Godzilla is on screen he marks his presence. Gareth Edwards said that he wanted Godzilla to be dark, ominous & scary and that’s exactly what he is. In conclusion, Godzilla is a great movie which ultimately succeeds due to Gareth Edwards steady direction, it’s sense of awe and quite simply monsters smashing everything in sight.

    Final Score: 7.9/10

    -Khalid Rafi


  • “The radiation isn’t an anomaly, it’s the clue.”

    Because of the new release of Godzilla this year, and I’m looking forward to that, I watched this old blockbuster of 1998 once again. Well, it’s obviously an old movie in terms of CGI and the acting is sometimes hugely annoying and childish. Compared to the new movie this year it really looks miserable sometimes . On the other hand, I can still remember the original Godzilla movies I saw when I was young in an old movie theater on a Sunday afternoon . There always was some Bruce Lee movie programmed in conjunction with a Japanese Godzilla (vs. King Kong ) or a Bud Spencer/Terence Hill movie . The Japanese Godzilla was hilarious . It looked like a plastic figure between cardboard boxes with some terribly bad special effects . By comparison, this Godzilla is state-of-the-art .

    Lets have a look at Godzilla first. At times the images are quite good like for instance the underwater images. In most of the movie, we only see parts of Godzilla: a leg that is put down on some stationary taxis, a swishing tail or only his head. Not exactly high technology. What bothered me the most is the fact that the thump of the drop of a foot followed with the subsequently shock wave is not properly synced with the bounce of people and cars . I thought this happens with a bit delay. The fact that New York is turned into a ruin is one thing. The fact that the army is the main cause of this instead of Godzilla is another thing. It’s totally ridiculous. And sometimes I had the feeling that the decor was also made of cardboard boxes .

    The most irritating thing in Godzilla, are the stupid and terrible performances . I think Mathew Broderick is totally misplaced in this monster movie. I can tolerate him in a comedy like “She’s having a baby”, “Addicted to Love” or “Inspector Gadget “, but not in this disaster movie . Or they used him to pump up the comedy-rate. His name Tatopoulus is already a reason to make some hilarious (sarcastic) jokes. All the time he runs around through the rain with that ridiculous hat and every time he says something it sounds implausible and totally made up .

    Maria Pitillo looks like an angel but is corny and predictable. She’s the blonde bimbo in the news department who’s not allowed to bring important news. Eventually she’s steals some footage on a tape and makes her own reportage. Her boss uses that for his own benefit but eventually she triumphs with a report at the end. She also appears to be an old sweetheart from Broderick. What a coincidence ! Hank Azaria was actually the best actor. A nice guy at the right time to use the camera for exclusive images. Kind of weird that every time something like that happens, the camera doesn’t function properly.

    Then there are some more irritating people, such as: Kevin Dunn as a pedantic and clamorous Colonel, Michael Lerner as a stupid and thick mayor, Arabella Field as a friend of Animal who apparently doesn’t know a cameraman sometimes experiences dangerous situations. Her reaction is almost hysterical all the time. Then there’s Vicki Lewis the horny science woman who, despite the apocalyptic situation, still has time to start drooling whenever she looks at Broderick. And last but not least, Doug Savant as the most stupid soldier of the U.S. Army . The PeeWee Herman of the American army .

    You shouldn’t assume that this movie is accurate and realistic. If you seek that in a movie, go watch “The Butler”. But there are still quite a few things that look ridiculous . That Godzilla was created by radioactive radiation by nuclear tests in French Polynesia, is actually a variant of the original film . Why that animal must swim all the way to Manhattan to lay her eggs, is a mystery to me. He/she swims from the Pacific Ocean through the Panama Canal, along Florida and then straight to New York . Is he/she making a tourist trip ? The pilots who control the helicopters apparently never had to do an IQ test. They are chased by Godzilla, look over their shoulders in a panic , knowing that if they just flew that thing straight up they would be safe . I also think their index finger got stuck with super glue to the firing mechanism , because they kept spraying bullets continuously even when there was nothing in their sight. And could they ever miss Godzilla ? Such a huge animal . Dr. Tatopoulus is a renowned researcher in the field of animal mutation by radiation. At the time he presents this as proof that Godzilla might be actually a mutant lizard ,everyone declared him as a total nutcase and crazy fruitcake. Why did they call upon him in the first place ?

    The end was somewhat entertaining with the “Jurasic Park”-like baby Godzillas . But overall it was a disappointment. “Godzilla” had no such effect as let’s say “Jaws “ or “King Kong”. Those movies gave you an anxious feeling. As someone suggested on IMDb : you purchase a lifelike Iguana as a pet, place it in the middle of the living room between some Lego houses , and observe how it moves and destroys everything . This can also be nerve-wracking and exciting.

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  • I’ve never been a big fan of the Godzilla movies. After the last entries in the franchise (Godzilla 1985 and 1998’s Godzilla) were critically panned, I thought to myself, do they really need to make another one? I mean, these films are not scary. They’re a rotten novelty, they’re cheesy as heck, and the fact that studios have been churning them out longer than the James Bond series shows me just how far down the pipe our movie going sensibilities have fallen. Anyway, in 2014 we now have a new version of Godzilla and it’s arguably one of the low points of the year so far. It’s not compelling, or groundbreaking, or powerful, or interesting, or mind blowing, or whatever. The special effects are very ho hum, very dated. I mean, its look suggests a TV movie or something that came out in the late 80’s or early 90’s. The creatures (there are I guess, three of them), which are believed to be the stars, look fake, tacky, and actually appear to suggest metallic robots. Was that the director’s vision? Gosh I hope not!

    The film overall, feels underwhelming. It’s like a poor man’s version of Independence Day or The Day After Tomorrow. Those films didn’t have gigantic monsters, but they were more involving, more absorbing, and had jaw dropping, juicy special effects. Give me ID4 or “The Day After” any day over this sludge. Heck, I’ll even take the Kraken from Clash of the Titans and the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park as opposed to the halfwit, silly monsters in Godzilla.

    Directed by Brit born Gareth Edwards, featuring a sequence in which the Golden Gate Bridge gets a startling, destructive makeover (not in a good way), and ripping off the music from 2001: A Space Odyssey’s “Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite” scene (during an Naval aerial drop), this new Godzilla takes place in two different time periods (1999 and present day). The main plot point involves a cover up that is discovered by a nuclear plant supervisor named Joe Brody (played maniacally by Bryan Cranston). His wife who works with him, dies in a radiation accident. This accident might have been caused by the discovery of two skeletal pods that were in the process of hatching (Godzilla has a strange correlation between the releasing of the monsters and the concept of radiation which I didn’t quite get, so sue me). Things fast forward 15 years later with Cranston’s Brody now having conspiracy theories and being incarcerated for trespassing. His son flies in from San Francisco to get him out of jail. Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays the role of Ford Brody. He’s got a solid amount of screen presence but doesn’t get a whole lot to do acting-wise. He basically mugs to the camera and his blood seems ice cold as far as I’m concerned. Anyway, the two of them then become involved in the first catastrophic moments when the creatures awake from hibernation. They then begin to wreak havoc on Japan, the coast of California, and neighboring Las Vegas (why not). Oh and by the way, I was waiting for that kooky moment when someone in the crowd points at the sky and yells, “Godzilla!” That’s probably the only trademark I find neat in these Plain Jane exercises.

    Now a lot of what occurs in this 32nd film in the Godzilla franchise (yes there are that many), is laughable and trite. I thought it was funny how the armed forces (mainly the Navy) had their soldiers constantly trying to bring down the gigantic creatures by way of machine guns. There are eminent rounds fired but these Naval officers are too bewildered to know that there is no way M240 bullets could ever destroy a specimen that is probably the size of 30 or so buses. Then there’s the notion where despite all the chaos caused by Godzilla and the other two MUTOs (massive unidentified terrestrial organisms), the civilians almost seem to wanna stand around and watch. Seriously? There’s a simple solution to all of this: Be smart enough to just leave the ruined cities behind and get the heck out of dodge people! Geesh. Finally, there are the battle scenes between the male Godzilla and I guess, two female Godzillas. Honestly, I found myself yawning at how boring and unimaginative they were and at the same time, I was getting pretty annoyed by the constant, thrown in roars coming from the male Godzilla. We get it. You’re big, you’re nasty, you’re slimy, you’re menacing. You don’t have to keep reminded us the audience, that you mean business.

    As for the cast members of Godzilla, they are sort of appealing but their performances barely register. Bryan Cranston does most of the heavy lifting dialogue wise, but he’s barely in the proceedings to begin with (you wouldn’t know it by viewing the trailer). Mainly, all the actors and actresses do a lot of staring. There are numerous shots where the creature is coming and everybody looks half afraid and says, “let’s get out of here!” Added to that, most of their characters are Hollywood types that are standardized to the point of absurdity. I mean, we’ve seen variations of these people time and time again. You know the concerned hero dad, the hospital worker mom, the U.S. president who we never see, the crazy old man who plays Nostradamus, the little kid who’s in peril, etc..etc..

    When it’s all said and done, this new Godzilla is a reputable dud. As a film, it’s about as bland as a can of unsalted peanuts. I mean, I knew I had seen something mediocre when I realized that the younger sister of the Olsen twins gave the flick’s best performance. Now I do predict that Godzilla will probably have a huge opening weekend at the box office followed by a steep, steep drop in ticket sales. If you choose to take in a viewing, see this thing for the following reasons: You’re bored to death, you happen to get free tickets to a screening, you’ve seen everything else currently playing at the local multiplex, or it’s raining heavily outside. Otherwise, there is no justification in seeing a film that plays not so much like a reboot, but as a flat out rerun (if you’ve seen one Godzilla, you’ve seen them all). Within the final climatic 20 minutes, this is a vehicle that seems completely rushed to get done. In the end, the creatures aren’t “god” awful but in retrospect, they certainly aren’t “god” fearing.

    Of note: (spoiler alert) at the end of 2014’s Godzilla, there’s a shot of the male creature on a big jumbotron in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. The news credits at the bottom reveal that this big, menacing oaf is a hero/savior to the people of the coastal United States. That made me laugh. If destroying a hugely populated city and killing innocent people makes you a hero, then I must have missed the boat somewhere. Oh well.

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