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Godzilla (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  16 May 2014 (USA)
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The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.



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The world ends, Godzilla begins See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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The MUTO is seen generating and using an Electromagnetic Pulse as a weapon but EMPs only affect electronic systems and have no effect on organic systems (such as animals or plants) at all. There is no reason for an animal that has been cocooned underground for millions of years to have ever evolved an EMP weapon or the instinct/knowledge of how to use it against an attack from modern military aircraft. See more »


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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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