A review - by Shlomoh Sherman
Director: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Max Borenstein (screenplay), Dave Callaham (story)
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
Plot Keywords: monster - remake of japanese film - destruction - soldier - transamerica pyramid
Plot: The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who threaten our very existence.
Genres: Action - Adventure - Sci-Fi
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence
Official Sites: Official Facebook - Official Facebook [Brazil]
Country: USA - Japan
Release Date: 16 May 16, 2014 (USA)
Also Known As: Nautilus
Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Production Co: Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, Disruption Entertainment
Runtime: 123 min
Sound Mix: Dolby Atmos - SDDS - Datasat
Thanks to my son-in-law,Jay Bittman, who gave us Fandango gift cards, we were able to go on a Saturday night hand-holding date to see the latest incarnation of GODZILLA. Of course, we had to see it in 3D although I can't say why because after a while, since nothing is really flying out at you from the screen, you forget you are wearing the stupid glasses.
Godzilla (2014) has gotten mostly good reviews, even from the Roger Ebert reviewers, and as they point out, the star monster, Mr G, does not put in an appearence until after an hour has passed - which means we don't get to see him for almost half the running time of the film.
In this version, Godzilla is not out to vent his wrath on people. Oh no! He is actually the major hero of the movie as he sets out from Tokyo, swimming across the Pacific, to save humanity from two of the ugliest monsters we have yet seen on the screen, the Mutos.
The M.U.T.O.'s name is an acronym for "Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism."
Both Godzilla and the Mutos feed off radiation. While Godzilla was content to live at the bottom of the ocean, feeding off the planet's natural radiation, the Mutos desire sources of man-made radiation.
Over in Japan, the male Muto rises out of a hibernation period of 15 years and is off to see such a source of radiation. He is drawn to the West Coast of America, in search of a female Muto who has been living unobtrusively in a deserted area of Nevada. As she senses the male's appraoch, she heads out to meet him and they encounter each other in San Francisco where she lays her hundreds of eggs.
Admiral William Stenz, commanding American troops confronting the Mutos, orders a massive nuclear bomb to be brought to the area to destroy the Mutos despite Dr. Ichiro Serizawa's plea that the army leave the fate of the Mutos to Godzilla who he says will come to America to kill them in order to "restore balance to nature."
During the the Mutos' killing rampage in which most of San Francisco is destroyed including the Golden Gate Bridge, lieutenant Sam Brody, son of Joe Brody who discovered that the military was hiding the hibernating male Muto in order to study it, manages to destroy the Muto eggs, incurring the anger of the female who comes after him to kill him.
Will our heroic Godzilla arrive in time to save mankind and the planet? Will he be able to overcome two ferocious Mutos and defeat them? I'm not a spoiler. Go see the film if you enjoy monster-sc-fi movies.
It was great seeing Bryan Cranston again after his great performance in BREAKING BAD. Ken Watanabe is familiar to us from many movies including INCEPTION and LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA.
Bill Maher, who loves San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, remarked recently, "If we wanted to see an overgrown monster destroying a bridge, then the film should have taken place in New Jersey.
Did You Know?:
Gareth Edwards and the design group reviewed all the previous incarnations of Godzilla's design for influence on the final design for the film: "The way I tried to view it was: imagine Godzilla was a real creature and someone from Toho saw him in the 1950s and ran back to the studio to make a movie about the creature and was trying their best to remember and draw it... and in our film you get to see him for real. It was important that this felt like a Toho Godzilla."
Frequently Asked Questions:
"This movie is unwatchable" - chrismikethomas-951-804242
"Fans of Godzilla loved or hated Pacific Rim?" - Remus-Lupus
"Has anyone tried watching 'Independence Day' recently?" - EightiesSlasher666
"Why were they cutting away from the action before it started?" - rickymayo
"The long boring character part is completely ruining this movie. Shame!" - andrejeffry-4-69474
"The HALO jump sequence..." - msia91
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Ford Brody
CJ Adams ... Young Ford
Ken Watanabe ... Dr. Ichiro Serizawa
Bryan Cranston ... Joe Brody
Elizabeth Olsen ... Elle Brody
Carson Bolde ... Sam Brody
Sally Hawkins ... Vivienne Graham
Juliette Binoche ... Sandra Brody
David Strathairn ... Admiral William Stenz
Richard T. Jones ... Captain Russell Hampton
Victor Rasuk ... Sergeant Tre Morales
Patrick Sabongui ... Lieutenant Commander Marcus Waltz
Jared Keeso ... Jump Master
Luc Roderique ... Bomb Tracker
James Pizzinato ... HALO Jumper
Godzilla (2014) - Making The Music - Alexandre Desplat, WaterTower Music
Published on May 12, 2014
Godzilla: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
To see a video of the composer directing and discussing the music, click on the image above!