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Godzilla (2014)

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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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Gareth Edwards

Writers:

Max Borenstein (screenplay), Dave Callaham (story) (as David Callaham) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Ford Brody
CJ Adams ... Young Ford
Ken Watanabe ... Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Bryan Cranston ... Joe Brody
Elizabeth Olsen ... Elle Brody
Carson Bolde ... Sam Brody
Sally Hawkins ... Vivienne Graham
Juliette Binoche ... Sandra Brody
David Strathairn ... Admiral William Stenz
Richard T. Jones ... Captain Russell Hampton
Victor Rasuk ... Sergeant Tre Morales
Patrick Sabongui ... Lieutenant Commander Marcus Waltz
Jared Keeso ... Jump Master
Luc Roderique ... Bomb Tracker
James Pizzinato ... HALO Jumper
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

16 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nautilus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$200,676,069

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$529,076,069
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The voiceover speech by Admiral Stenz, heard in the trailer, is not present anywhere in the final cut. See more »

Goofs

When they show the Strip in Las Vegas from an aerial shot after it was destroyed, they swing by Treasure Island and look South. You can then see the Bellagio on the opposite side of the Strip when in fact Treasure Island and the Bellagio are on the same (East) side of the Strip. See more »

Quotes

[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

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 »

Connections

Followed by Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, 2 Mixed Choirs and Orchestra
Written by György Ligeti
Performed by Das Symphonie-Orchester Radio Frankfurt (as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), conducted by Micheal Gielen, & Bavaraian Radio Chorus conducted by Wolfgang Schubert
Courtesy of Wergo/Schott
By arrangement with Source/Q
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See this on the big screen - it's worth it
19 May 2014 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

This isn't the usual kind of disaster action movie. It's a bit more serious and the disaster scenes aren't rushed. It's better to see this on a big screen because some of it is in the dark or under dusky skies.

Effects are good not dizzying or overdone. The assorted monsters move naturally and are relatively realistic. The various locations from Japan to Hawaii are nicely done too though SanFrancisco could have been a bit brighter during the destruction. The Golden Gate and other landmarks aren't that precise but I get that things had to be spread out to accommodate the monsters.

The basic plot isn't needlessly complicated though I got a bit lost in the details with the tactics to kill the monsters and the nuclear link to the monsters. The story about the people is secondary to the monsters which is good as it doesn't intrude.

The main character played by a sensitive looking Aaron Taylor Johnson isn't some superhero type saving the day. He is more a in the thick of things observer which is refreshing for a change. No way out bravado here.

Elisabeth Olsen isn't a drop dead gorgeous love interest, more every day ordinary. Her screen time isn't that much. Bryan Cranston (why didn't he age?) and Juliette Binoche (who did her hair?) also lend solid support.

Ken Watanabe looks right for his part but his diction isn't clear enough for relaying the plot through dialog.

Overall it's a good solid and well made big screen action disaster monster movie that deserves a big screen watch.


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