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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Ford
Captain Russell Hampton
Lieutenant Commander Marcus Waltz
Jump Master
Bomb Tracker
HALO Jumper


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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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:

Nautilus  »


Box Office


$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,205,000, 18 May 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song that plays when Serizawa sees Godzilla's dorsal spines protruding from the ocean and heading straight towards him, and when the soldiers shoot at Godzilla as he walks by is actually an update of Godzilla's theme song from Gojira tai Hedora (1971). See more »


When the (false) M1A1 Abrams tanks on the Golden Gate Bridge fire their main guns at Godzilla, there is little to no evidence of the gun's blast effects in the area around the tank, which should have been very powerful and easily seen in real life. See more »


[first lines]
Boyd: Dr. Serizawa? Jerry Boyd. I'm warning you, it's a mess. It's just a total mess. Monarch set me in this morning. Took a look around but I told them we need you.
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Crazy Credits

Played in slow motion the opening credits on the DVD show the blacked-out portions are actually a series of jokes wrapped around the remaining information. See more »


You're The Devil in Disguise
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of Victor / RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Godzilla 2014: Should You Watch It?
15 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Scenario 1: If you are going to see this film because you really enjoy classic Godzilla movies and you hope the music and campy theme of those films are represented in this one, you absolutely should go see it. Godzilla here looks much more like the beloved behemoth than it did in the '98 movie, the music hearkens to the classic Japanese overtures of the old Gojira film era, and the camera work has the comically silly nature of Sam Rami's Spiderman series.

Scenario 2: If you are really excited to see a deep, human film with camera angles and writing that really tell a story that is thematically transcendent such as "District 9" and the Korean film "The Host," this is not your film. The script is filled with overtly simplistic rhetoric and one dimensional characters (intentionally,) the scenes somehow manage to have very little tension (even for me, the pilot episodes for most sitcoms seem more tense than Gozilla,) and as stated above, the camera-work is intentionally hammy. It should also be noted that to add a human element, the director overuses children to the point that it ends up feeling very obvious, as though he did it to be intentionally campy.

Scenario 3: If you are one of those people who really just want a fun popcorn flick such as Pacific Rim, with some solidly choreographed action like in the over-the-top bulletfest Battle:LA, I would say proceed with caution. The fight scenes are less intense and more majestic, like any classic monster movie, and as such the human aspect of the combat is relatively insignificant, less so than any other monster movie I've ever seen. There are no little monsters for anyone to shoot at, if that's your thing.

Scenario 4: If you are interested in this film because you love the talented work of Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and/or Aaron Taylor- Johnson (three of my favorite actors) and are excited to see what they bring to the table, you should probably sit this one out. Bryan Cranston's role in this film garners far less screen time than advertised, Ken Watanabe spends literally every second walking through the scenes with the pained expression of someone who just walked in on their parents, and all three of the actors give off the vibe that they are very much aware of how cheesy their lines are. Everyone else's performance was similarly forgettable.

Honestly, I'm a stickler for deep, human storytelling, but I've also had a softspot for the classic, silly fun of many Godzilla movies, including my favorite, Godzilla vs. Destroyah. All told, depending on which camp you fall under, this will be an entirely different movie for you. As Godzilla movies go, I'd give it a B. As darker, more serious monster movies go, I'd give it a D+.

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