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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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$160,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$199,704,025 (USA) (25 July 2014)
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Legendary Pictures commissioned conceptual artwork of Godzilla, consistent with the Japanese design of the monster. The artwork was used in an augmented reality display produced by Talking Dog Studios. Every visitor to Comic-Con 2012 received a T-shirt illustrated with the concept art. When viewed by a web-cam at the Legendary Pictures booth, the image on-screen would spout radioactive breath and Godzilla's distinctive roar could be heard. See more »

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Great build-up, yet the lack of interesting human characters keeps this from being great - despite a fantastic looking finale
15 May 2014 | by (wherever good films play) – See all my reviews

Remember 'Jaws'? Remember the way you got to see only little glimpses of the shark or just the remains of his victims for nearly half the movie? Instead, you got to meet half the town first and all the main characters while fear and paranoia slowly spread across the whole community, and when the great white guy finally did make his entrance – boy, what an impact he had. Now, that was 40 years ago – but would it be possible to make that kind of movie today? To show restraint despite a budget of 160+ million dollars and all the latest state of the art CGI-effects the blockbuster factory has to offer?

As it turns out, it is possible - if only just - and the name of the movie is 'Godzilla'. And it is hardly a coincidence that the (human) hero in 'Godzilla' shares the same name with the hero in Spielberg's masterpiece (they're both called Brody). Director Gareth Edwards made it very clear that he wanted to take an "old school" approach – and as far as the beautiful, haunting build-up of the first half of the movie is concerned, he succeeds. The atmosphere of mystery and dread is tangible; the human element is there, the acting and the dialogues are solid, and the production design is breathtaking (especially the apocalyptic images of an evacuated city in Japan that was left to decay for 15 years, overgrown with plants and with packs of wild dogs running in the streets).

The creature design - when we do get a first glimpse – is otherworldly and frightening (as good monsters should be), but as the movie progresses into the second half and the creature-action increases, the quality of the dialogues and the acting decreases. Which is a bit of a problem, because although there is one great creature scene after the other, and although those scenes get more and more intense as the storyline steers towards the inevitable showdown, it's hard to stay invested in the human side of the story. There are virtually no interesting moments when the protagonists interact, let alone lingering scenes where the human characters get to talk long enough to one another to build such a thing as chemistry. So when the finale does arrive (which looks absolutely beautiful, by the way), you admire its epic scale, but since there is nobody to care about, it's hard to feel thrilled. Sure, you kind of root for Godzilla, but since you only just met the guy, you don't feel too much attached.

Ultimately – despite a great build-up and a fantastic looking finale – 'Godzilla' is a valid effort but only rarely a thrilling one. Unlike in 'Jaws', which seems to have been an inspiration for the director, there are no interesting human characters here who could help create the kind of tension-heavy atmosphere or sense of impending doom the way Chief Brody, Hooper and Quint could 40 years ago. Showing restraint alone is not enough to create a sense of wonder the way seventies cinema did – you also need the kind of character-driven scenes where someone says: "We're gonna need a bigger boat!"

Still, 7.5 stars out of 10.

Favorite Films: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls054200841/

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