Godzilla (2014) is an epic monster science fiction movie. I was disappointed that Godzilla was not shown much in the movie but whenever he made his grand entrance - it was sitting on the edge of your seat awesome. The scenes with Godzilla were brutal. The CGI was marvelously done to the point where Godzilla looks realistic. This is probably the best CGI I have ever seen. Godzilla was awesomely done and this is the best Godzilla movie ever made. Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, End Day, Factory Farmed) created a real masterpiece that I will watch over and over with my family. Gareth deserves an award and I could not believe that he only directed 5 other movies - well done Gareth. Watch this movie in 3D to get the full experience. The actors roles appeared simple, but they could not have done a better performance - bravo.
The movie started by introducing us to the backstory that you have to pay attention to because it flew by pretty quickly before your eyes. In 1999, Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe - Batman Begins, The Last Samurai, Inception) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins - The Everglades, The Killing Gene, Never Let Me Go) were two scientists in the Philippines that were investigating a massive mine. They found humongous insect pods/fossils. I did not expect Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo, Contagion) to do such a good job playing Joe Brody who was a nuclear physicist. Joe and his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche - Three Colors: Blue, Nobody Wants the Night, Cache (Hidden)) are working in a nuclear plant, in Tokyo and experience what is thought to be an earthquake. Bryan’s wife died in the reactor meltdown and now he is sure that something is being hidden from him. They are indeed hiding something huge that feeds off of radiation. It is not Godzilla.
A few years later, their son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson - Nowhere Boy, Savages, Kick-Ass) has to leave his family in San Francisco, California while on military leave after serving 14 months. Ford had to leave because his father was arrested for trespassing near the nuclear disaster site in Tokyo and Ford had to get him from the authorities. That is all I am going to say because I would like for everyone to see this movie including kids who have seen movies with violence before.
I was not looking at my watch during the entire movie, but I think it took almost an hour for us to have a full visual of Godzilla. The ending was superbly unpredictable because Godzilla saved mankind and then went into the ocean and swam away like nothing ever happened. I gave this movie an 8 because the director took screen time away from Godzilla by showing us the problems of too many people and also by showing us the other monsters that I do not want to see. I probably would have given this movie a 9 if there were more scenes with Godzilla crushing things, stomping through the city and breathing fire.
About Godzilla 2014
Starring: Ty Olsson, Kurt Max Runte, Dalias Blake, Christian Tessier, Dee Jay Jackson, Aaron Pearl, Patrick Sabongui, Kevan Ohtsji, Diezel Ramos, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Eric Keenleyside, Ken Watanabe, Hiro Kanagawa, Al Sapienza, Terry Chen, Dean Redman, Garry Chalk, Chris Shields, Jill Teed, P. Lynn Johnson, Bob Pepper, Peter Shinkoda, Hrvoje Klecz, Rebecca Maltby, Lee Vang, Akira Takarada, Taya Clyne, Peter Kawasaki, Paul Edney, Darren Dolynski
Director: Gareth Edwards
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