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Godzilla (2014)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  16 May 2014 (USA)
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The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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In 1999, the Janjira nuclear plant was mysteriously destroyed with most hands lost including supervisor Joe Brody's colleague and wife, Sandra. Years later, Joe's son, Ford, a US Navy ordnance disposal officer, must go to Japan to help his estranged father who obsessively searches for the truth of the incident. In doing so, father and son discover the disaster's secret cause on the wreck's very grounds. This enables them to witness the reawakening of a terrible threat to all of Humanity, which is made all the worse with a second secret revival elsewhere. Against this cataclysm, the only hope for the world may be Godzilla, but the challenge for the King of the Monsters will be great even as Humanity struggles to understand the destructive ally they have. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$93,188,384 (USA) (16 May 2014)

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$200,661,309 (USA) (22 August 2014)
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Trivia

This film originated from a proposed Godzilla film project by Yoshimitsu Banno (the director of 1971's Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971)), tentatively titled "Godzilla 3D to the MAX". In 2005, just months after the release of Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), Banno obtained the rights from Toho to do a new Godzilla film at his Japan-based studio, Advanced Audiovisual Productions, in 3D-IMAX, exclusively for the American public. Toho would act as both technical advisers and distributors for the film in Japan. In it, Godzilla would battle a poisonous, shape-shifting monster called Deathla (a monster similar to Hedorah, only red/purple in color, and has a skull head), which awakened him from his slumber in Iguassu Falls (between Argentina and Brazil). The battle between the two monsters progressively makes its way to Mexico City, and finally, Las Vegas. The story was over-the-top (partly to appeal to younger viewers), and was very strongly along the lines of Banno's "Smog Monster". To produce this film, Banno spent a few years searching for financiers to fund the film, which would be co-produced by Kenji Okuhira and Brian Rogers. (If made, veteran SPFX director Eiichi Asada would've handled the effects.) Eventually, in 2010, Banno struck a deal with Legendary Pictures, which took the project in a completely different direction, with Toho maintaining the same condition as before (technical advisers/distribution in Japan). As a result, both Banno and Okuhira ultimately became the executive producers of this film, with Rogers also as a producer. See more »

Goofs

There are two scenes where characters engage in normal conversation, even whisper while on a military helicopter in flight. Blackhawk and Huey helicopters are much too noisy to carry on a conversation without using microphones and headphones. See more »

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The opening credits are a montage of Monarch documents and 1950s videos. All text on these documents are blacked out except for the names cast/crew members. The montage ends with a nuclear bomb going off, which causes a white-out in which the film title appears. See more »

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Soundtracks

You're The Devil in Disguise
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Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of Victor / RCA Records
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A Tedious, Heartless Film
28 May 2014 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

For fans of monster movies, "Godzilla" was surely one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Therefore, the most surprising thing about Godzilla is not how empty the story is, but rather how little there is of the monster in the movie after which it is named.

The plot in "Godzilla" is disposable. It only exists as an excuse to unleash the film's titular character. However, is it too much to ask for an original plot with characters we could care about? Here, the back story is cliché-ridden and the characters simply serve the function of moving the story forwards. As such, one would expect that Godzilla is at least given ample screen time. Surprisingly, this is not the case, and the majority of the film's focus seems to be on the military attempting to find out how to kill Godzilla and the MUTOs, which look like giant, angry cockroaches. Ultimately, it is left up to the score and the Michael Bay-esque dub-step reminiscent sound design to create tension.

Its almost futile to talk about the performances in the film because despite the strong cast, the characters are so one-dimensional that nobody delivers a memorable performance. Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche do their best with the little screen time they are given, and the couple of Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are given the impossible task of creating interesting characters from the uninspired script. More worrying, however, is how unnecessary Sally Hawkins' character is and how the script manages to make Ken Watanabe look like a second-rate actor, as his character rarely changes expression from the looks of intense thought or surprise.

Overall, "Godzilla" did not work for me at all. Not only is it a film without heart, but it a film meant to thrill that ends up just being tedious. I could have left halfway through the movie. I just didn't care how things would turn out.


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