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Godzilla (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  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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Box Office

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$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$200,661,309 (USA) (22 August 2014)
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Globally, the movie performed relatively well at the box-office and with film critics. However in several countries, usually where the Godzilla franchise is not well known by the public, it under-performed in both areas and is regarded as a failure. Some movie fans speculate that this might be the result of Godzilla's (and, in general, monster movies') obscurity and/or unpopularity in these countries. Although Roland Emmerich's previous American adaptation of the franchise, Godzilla (1998), was seen as a box office bomb in the United States, it was a smash hit with audiences in certain international markets, so its success could have directly caused the failure of this movie. In a nutshell, audiences in certain countries wanted more of Emerich's version, with many people falsely thinking that his was the original Godzilla movie, and that Gareth Edwards' film is a badly made remake of it. See more »

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Ka Huila Wai
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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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