Godzilla 2000 (1999) Movie Review

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Godzilla 2000 (1999)

1999 | R | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
99 minutes / 1h 39min

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Godzilla 2000 Plot Synopsis:

Godzilla returns in a brand-new movie that ignores all preceding movies except for the original with a brand new look and a powered up atomic ray. This time he battles a mysterious UFO that later transforms into a mysterious kaiju dubbed Orga. They meet up for the final showdown in the city of Shinjuku.

Godzilla 2000 (1999) Review

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.

  • Godzilla 2000 Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 5.07
  • IMDB: 6.1
  • MetaCritic: 4.1

About Godzilla 2000 1999

Title: Godzilla 2000
Year: 1999
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.53/5 stars from 6,418 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6,418
MPAA Rating: R
Godzilla 2000 Cast Starring: Anthony J Sacco, Michael Hagiwara, John Cho, Yoshio Be, Jack Ong, Ron Yuan, Lucy Lin, Dana Lee, Takeshi Ohbayashi, Denden, Takeshi Ôbayashi, Takeshi Ôbayashi, Jim Ishida, Rodney Kageyama, Jim Lau, Yoshiyuki Omori, Ping Wu, Masahiko Nishimura, Norman England, Yoshiki Arizono, Satomi Achiwa, Takehiro Murata, Yûki Tanaka, Hiroshi Abe, Atsuko Kohata, Michael Schlesinger, Naomi Nishida, Yutaka Matsushige, Mayu Suzuki, Dangaruriyasu
Godzilla 2000 Writers: Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Wataru Mimura, Michael Schlesinger
Godzilla 2000 Director: Takao Okawara
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan