Godzilla 2000 (1999) Movie Review

Godzilla 2000 (1999)

1999 | PG | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Adventure
99 minutes /

User Score: 50/100


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Godzilla 2000 Review

Synopsis:

Godzilla saves Tokyo from a flying saucer that transforms into the beast Orga.

Godzilla 2000 (1999) is a 99-minute Japanese sci-fi action kaiju film that was filmed in Japan and was a reboot of the Godzilla franchise. Godzilla 2000 is the 24th film in the Godzilla franchise and is also the 23rd Godzilla movie to be produced by Toho. It is the first film in the Millennium series which ignores continuity from previous films. Director Takao Okawara (Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995), Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)) did an average job executing this movie. Godzilla 2000 feels the same way as the previous movies at first where Godzilla stomps around while wreaking havoc through the town monster mayhem.

There are two groups of scientists that are studying Godzilla and becomes intertwined with his regenerative powers. The group of scientists with the submarine discovers a UFO underwater that is concerned with Godzilla’s regenerative powers which made them come to Earth. The UFO wants Godzilla’s DNA so that they can implant it in themselves. We were treated to the UFO and Godzilla fighting where the UFO was able to get some of Godzilla’s DNA and regenerate itself. The movie took a turn when the ship turns into a monster named Orga, who has long sharp claws and can shoot with its shoulders. Can Orga’s super abilities withstand Godzilla’s fire breath? I like the new addition of Orga.

There was a little bit of too much talking and a lot of cool plotting which was not needed in this slow burning movie, and we did not need to know about the DNA and seismic technology. I think that if they had switched about 25% of the talking with Godzilla fighting action, then the movie could have been better. A bonus about this film is that the monsters look fantastic and that maybe because it has a higher production value than other 1990s Godzilla movies. Godzilla 2000 is a slow paced unsatisfying movie that does not get a little entertaining until the last half-hour.


About Godzilla 2000 (1999)

Title: Godzilla 2000
AKA: Gojira ni-sen mireniamu
Year: 1999
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Adventure
Reviewer:
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 6 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6
MPAA Rating: PG
Starring: Anthony J Sacco, Michael Hagiwara, Yoshio Be, Jim Ishida, Rodney Kageyama, Jim Lau, Ron Yuan, Jack Ong, Dana Lee, Lucy Lin, Denden, Naomi Nishida, Yutaka Matsushige, François Chau, Mayu Suzuki, Dangaruriyasu, Glen Chin, Shirô Sano, Shelley Sweeney, Rachel Crane, Takeshi Ôbayashi, Daisuke Ishizuka, Denise Iketani, Shirô Namiki, Toshihiko Sakakibara, Sakae Kimura, Yoshikazu Ishii, Bengaru, Terumi Yoshida, Denice Kumagai
Writers: Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Wataru Mimura, Michael Schlesinger
Director: Takao Okawara

Godzilla 2000 Cover Poster Art