Godzilla (2014) Movie Review

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Godzilla (2014)

2014 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
123 minutes / 2h 03min

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Godzilla Plot Synopsis:

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.

Godzilla (2014) Review

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.

  • Godzilla Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.16
  • IMDB: 6.4
  • MetaCritic: 6.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.5

About Godzilla 2014

Title: Godzilla
Year: 2014
Runtime: 123 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.58/5 stars from 338,285 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 338,285
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Godzilla Cast Starring: Diezel Ramos, Luke Burnyeat, Patrick Sabongui, Ty Olsson, Garry Chalk, Hrvoje Klecz, Dalias Blake, Chris Shields, Dean Redman, Christian Tessier, Kurt Max Runte, Ken Watanabe, Terry Chen, Aaron Pearl, Kevan Ohtsji, Dee Jay Jackson, Stephen Stanton, Elizabeth Olsen, Bob Pepper, Jill Teed, Eric Keenleyside, Paul Edney, Darren Dolynski, James Pizzinato, Lee Vang, Emmanuel Dejesus, Neal Radia, Rebecca Maltby, Peter Shinkoda, Taylor Nichols
Godzilla Writers: Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham, IshirĂ´ Honda
Godzilla Director: Gareth Edwards
Box Office: $172,962,996
Production: Warner Bros Pictures
Website: http://godzillamovie.com
Language: English, Japanese
Country: USA, Japan