Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a Navy bomb expert, has just reunited with his family in San Francisco when he is forced to go to Japan to help his estranged father, Joe (Bryan Cranston). Soon, both men are swept up in an escalating crisis when Godzilla, King of the Monsters, arises from the sea to combat malevolent adversaries that threaten the survival of humanity. The creatures leave colossal destruction in their wake, as they make their way toward their final battleground: San Francisco.
Release Date: May 16, 2014
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The Godzilla we should have gotten in 1998. Worth seeing on the big screen just for the amazing monster scenes. The things this movie really needed to get right (Godzilla, monster action, build-up, quality of effects) are the things it absolutely knocks out of the park. My only gripes are that the lead character is dull and the middle act of the movie is a bit uneven. But these are easily overlooked. Godzilla and the finale gave me chills and had me cheering.June 3rd, 2014 · Details
People always ask if this was as good as Pacific Rim. I guess I get the connection but each is its own film. I don't think there would be a cross over but you never know. This is as good a Pacific Rim though. Loved the tie in to the original Godzilla films but not enough Bryan Cranston for me.May 30th, 2014 · Details
Movie Title: Godzilla
PG-13, 2 hour 3 minutes
In a Nutshell: I love it when a movie trailer doesn’t reveal major plot points in an upcoming movie so that you’re pleasantly surprised. Godzilla has all of the intensity, stunning visual effects, impressive sound design and suspense you’ve been wanting from this franchise for years. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy the monstrous fun.
• There are good monsters and bad monsters. Humans too. Awww.
• There are nice examples in the flick of heroism, loyalty, sacrifice, and honor.
Things I liked:
• Disaster movie lovers will get a kick out of watching Las Vegas and San Francisco get destroyed. Great special effects. I loved the TV ticker line “Breaking News: Live Terror in Vegas!”
• The movie makes it current by including present-day concerns about compromised Japanese nuclear power plants being a danger to nearby communities and beyond.
• I liked how it tried to wrap the story around the 1954 movie’s fear of the atomic age.
• Bryan Cranston makes everything better.
• Monsters Director Gareth Edwards is great at creating chaos and pandemonium.
• I watched it in IMAX 3D, which offers some moments when I really felt inside the movie. At one point, I thought an audience member was standing in front of me, blocking my partial view.
• Go Army!
• (SPOILER ALERT) I loved it when a “certain” monster glowed with fire inside. Godzilla spews cool blue fire.
• I loved the scene where the skydivers dropped from the clouds, trailing red flares.
• Taylor-Johnson conveniently arrives in the right place at the right time to offer the ongoing thread that keeps the human story running alongside the monsters. He’s likeable enough to get the job done as hero and provides another shout-out to the real everyday heroes in today’s U.S.Army. My oldest son is an officer in the Army, so can I get a “Hooah!”?
• It was clever to show old movie clips in the beginning to bring newbies to the Godzilla franchise up to speed.
• One of the few funny moments of the flick featured some parents in an airport getting annoyed at their Emo kid.
• I loved seeing the city and aerial views of Tokyo.
• One of the best lines in the movie was when a Japanese doctor gets to say “We call him… Godzirra.”
• There are a few scene transitions that made the audience laugh out loud because they were expecting to see a real monster, but instead, saw a pet chameleon and a toy dinosaur.
Things I didn’t like:
• Audiences can’t help but compare this film to last summer’s blockbuster Pacific Rim. They’re both fun, but Pacific Rim had some fresh elements that Godzilla can’t compete with (uber cool, digital kaiju, gigantic robot soldier fight scenes).
• While the 1998 Mathew Broderick version felt more like a cartoon, this one is full of drama, needing a touch of humor to offset the fact that it takes itself so seriously.
• The back story provided some meat, but was a bit contorted at times.
• Not nearly enough monster fight scenes. Not nearly enough Godzilla. He almost plays a supporting role.
• Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza does two things well in the movie: utter profound statements about Godzilla, and stare in disbelief with his mouth open.
• Hey, I live in Vegas, which is near Yucca Mountain!
• “The arrogance of man is thinking nature is under our control and not the other way around.” – Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
• “The king of monsters is the savior of our city.”
• “Nature has a power to restore its bounds. I believe he is that nature.” - Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
Tips for parents:
• Loving married relationships instead of sexual content is refreshing.
• Very mild profanity that’s hardly noticeable because so many other things are going on.
• Lots of destruction and monster violence.
I was incredibly bored throughout this movie. If you do want to waste your time and see this, see it in 2D as the 3D version is just dark and there is no reason why this was even in 3D
so, thats that.
God, and or the movie gods at least must have helped the producers of this spectacular, because they have taken those cheesy but lovable old Japanese monster movies, and actually made a remarkably compelling, enormously watchable and brilliant motion picture... See Full Review
GODZILLA is extremely exciting and well directed, with stellar visual effects and terrifying sound design. The movie has a subtle environmentalist theme against nuclear power based on mythological pagan worldviews. However, it also has some strong moral, redemptive, patriotic elements. For example, it extols self-sacrifice and courage, and an American soldier says a Christian prayer at one point. Ultimately, though, GODZILLA has many gritty, intense moments, and the amount of destruction and foul language warrants strong, and possibly even extreme, caution... See Full Review
Though their extension of the durable franchise suffers from an over-elaborate backstory and uneven tone, it does boast predictably grandiose special effects. And, while characterizations are generic, family bonds among the main players are strong. The film also includes a few religious undertones that viewers of faith will welcome... See Full Review
I had fun. It brought back memories of the old Godzilla movies, but now with modern special effects. It also had a decent story.May 19th, 2014 · Details
It took 16 years but Hollywood finally did Godzilla right. A good balance of human drama, timing and stunning visual effects makes this an excellent monster movie. I love the premise they came up with for the origination of these creatures who come out of hibernation to feed on radiation. The Narrative of a man struggling to get home to his wife winds together with the monster narrative seamlessly. Rated pg-13 for massive amounts of monster violence and destruction. Also, for people dying left and right. Should be noted that two American cities, I wont mention here, get tromped by these rampaging creatures. This is definitely worth your time, especially if you're a fan of big G. This film is not for little children, unless you want to give them monster nightmares.May 17th, 2014 · Details
Now to be fair, there are a handful of scenes that elevate this movie to the “quite watchable.” There’s a Honolulu tram car scene and high mountain railroad bridge scene that look like they’re right out of a classic Spielberg thriller. And you certainly can’t discount the massive grand finale showdown in San Francisco.
However, it’s the combination of the seldom-seen Godzilla, the lackluster human element and the eye-rolling contrivances of plot that take away from what should have and could have been a monster of a summer blockbuster hit... See Full Review
With Pacific Rim relatively fresh on our minds, we have this years monster flick - Godzilla. Where Pac Rim lacked in story, Godzilla makes up for that with a slightly more engaging story and slightly more emotionally engaging story, but not by much.
Where Godzilla lacks in monster action, unfortunately Pac Rim makes up. Godzilla gives us small teases to monster action and robs the viewer of the initial time we get to see the first monster fight of the movie and replaces it with a campy news footage that makes you feel like your watching an old school Godzilla movie. This was humorous, but the entertainment factor was cut tremendously short when this initial scene was transitioned to the next seem too quickly.
Over all Godzilla was entertaining but just didn't have enough monster action for all the promotional hype and the buildup to actually seeing the monsters, after the first hour.
Regardless of the biggest detractor for me [lack of monster action], this was a 3/4 stars for me. There is so little swearing that I don't remember any, at all. A big plus is there is ZERO sexual content! They could have easily and didn't! 😊
With present day concerns surrounding nuclear power, earthquakes, EMP attacks and allowing nature to bring equilibrium to the earth, there are more than a few surprisingly good discussion points embedded in this monster romp. There are also gaping plot holes and bad science—like the notion that detonating a mega nuke off the coast of California won’t have an apocalyptic outcome. But wait a minute! We came to see a monster movie. And if that’s your prime objective, parents and teens that are fans of this genre will likely leave feeling they got plenty of bang for their buck... See Full Review
The special effects are excellent, though only a high-altitude/low opening parachute jump makes full use of the 3D. But the story is weak and the characters are cardboard. The original 1954 “Godzilla” resonated because it personified (monstronified?) our then-new fears about the atomic age. With so many contemporary scares about environmental damage, they should have been able to find something equally potent... See Full Review
The effects are decent — warships tossed about like bathtub toys, trains trashed and torched, nuclear missiles munched. The movie’s never less than competent. But the fatigue of over-familiarity curses this franchise like few others. We’ve seen Japanese men in monster suits. We’ve seen digital kaiju, and gigantic robot-armored soldiers fighting them (“Pacific Rim”).
So in a tale this timeworn and a film this devoid of humor, with only a few moments of humanity, with tension frittered away by the tedious repetition of the fights, anybody who has ever seen “Godzilla” in any incarnation can be forgiven for asking the obvious.
“What else have you got?”... See Full Review
Godzilla 2014 is a more somber and frightening reboot than the cartoonish 1998 movie. Disaster sequences are not slap-happy destruct-a-thons, but emotionally devastating and horrifying, as originally envisioned.
Aiming for a titanic tale that is also seriously ominous, Godzilla opens with a bang and concludes with an exhilarating roar... See Full Review
Godzilla was great! The special effects were spectacular. The back history of the story was a little confusing at first but easy to catch up on. I wished to see more of the monster fighting. The human part of the story was good but I felt like I wanted to see more monster fighting. Loved Godzilla as the good guy. It reminded me of when Terminator turned good. Go see it!May 12th, 2014 · Details