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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.

Director:

Gareth Edwards

Writers:

Ishirô Honda (based on the character: Godzilla, owned and created by) (as Toho Co., Ltd.), Takeo Murata (based on the character: Godzilla, owned and created by) (as Toho Co. Ltd.) | 3 more credits »
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7 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

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Trivia

The movie was so successful that two sequels were green-lit only two days after the premiere of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the old Japanese man is in the bed and says what he believes he saw, he said, "Godzilla". But if the man was only able to speak Japanese, he would have used the Japanese term, "Gojira" instead. The term "Godzilla" is an English translation. 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

Featured in Godzilla: Rebirth of an Icon (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

See The Way
Written by Barry Pointer, Dann Saxton, Coltan Fisher and Jason Rabinowitz
Performed by LikeWize
Courtesy of The Math Club
Under license by Music Asset Management, Inc.
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Just got back from the theater.
19 May 2014 | by TehmehSee all my reviews

Well, well. I'll say this first: I haven't seen the Japanese original nor the sequels. I've only seen the horrible abomination from 1998. This one is naturally better, but I want you (the reader) to know that I'm not familiar with everything Godzilla.

Monster movies seem to have a pattern. There is always a family, some military involvement and the works. "Godzilla" is not an exception. What is exceptional though, is the way these things were handled. Yes, sometimes I cringed at some family matters, but other times (especially when Cranston was on screen) I was almost moved.

Bryan Cranston naturally does fine, but Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the lead. He is the character that is everywhere at almost all times. He's sometimes more of a plot vehicle than a character, and this movie isn't surely worth watching because of him, but at least he didn't annoy me as much as I feared and the movie managed to get to the point I was waiting for without making me hate the wait. Ken Watanabe, too, is handled mainly as an exposition machine or is tasked with setting up the mood, but he's always enjoyable to watch and when he's on screen everything feels a lot better.

The monsters, what they are and what they do, are set up well enough. We get some impressive visuals and decent build-up even before the first full-on action scene. The creatures are introduced nicely, and when they get to business, it's all nice to watch.

Godzilla is of course the main character, and many people complain that he isn't shown much in this film. That is not a moot criticism, and I understand that. However I enjoyed our hero of a monster more this way. When he WAS on screen, it was more special and worth the wait.

While this is (at least on the human side) a fairly serious movie, I found something uplifting in the monster action itself. Little boy inside this grown man cheered, and even though a lot of buildings and property got smashed, I didn't get tired or annoyed about it like in, say, Man of Steel. There is childish excitement to be found in this movie, even though you'd have to wait for it some time.

My only criticisms are these: the tired family/military-portion of the monster movie formula (while not nearly as bad as I feared), and sometimes the pounding score didn't know when to stop and let our ears take a breather. Because when it did stop in the middle of chaos, the silence was eerily beautiful. I wish we would've had more of that important contrast.

I'd recommend this as a theater experience, not sure if I'll eventually buy the blu-ray because I don't feel like seeing this again. Anyway, some gripes aside, "Godzilla" provides a fun movie experience and washes away some of the bad taste you got in your mouth (brain) from the 1998 version.


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USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

16 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,188,384, 18 May 2014

Gross USA:

$200,676,069

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$524,976,069
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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