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Godzilla (2014)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 16 May 2014 (USA)
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The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.

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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. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$93,188,384 (USA) (16 May 2014)

Gross:

$200,661,309 (USA) (22 August 2014)
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Trivia

There are certain similarities between the reception of this movie and the franchise's previous American installment, Godzilla (1998): both have had significant second week drop-offs in their attendance (about sixty percent in the U.S.), and when taking inflation into account, their box-office totals are also similar. Yet this movie is still regarded as a success, due to its stronger opening, for being better received by most critics, and for revitalizing the Godzilla franchise for the fans, though not necessarily for the public. In comparison, the 1998 adaptation had a significantly weaker opening, its inflated budget and expansive marketing meant that it had overall less profit, and it was a merchandising disaster in the U.S., forgotten by the public, and hated by fans. Interestingly, in some countries, these figures are reversed: the 1998 version became a success, and built up a fan following, and this movie is the one that "failed". It was made on a budget of one hundred sixty million dollars, earned just over two hundred million dollars in the U.S., and over five hundred million dollars worldwide. Not bad for having "failed". See more »

Goofs

F-35 Lightning II fighter jets depicted in the rainy final battle in San Francisco are incapable of operating during inclement weather. They wouldn't have been tasked nor managed to penetrate the monsoon like conditions battering the city. In fact, in 2013 the Lightning II was apparently banned from flying within 25 miles of thunderstorms. See more »

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Boyd: Dr. Serizawa? Jerry Boyd. I'm warning you, it's a mess. It's just a total mess. Monarch set me in this morning. Took a look around but I told them we need you.
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Referenced in Tosh.0: Space Shuttle Launch (2014) See more »

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Written by Donnie Fritts and Eddie Hintan
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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Godzilla 2014: Should You Watch It?
15 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Scenario 1: If you are going to see this film because you really enjoy classic Godzilla movies and you hope the music and campy theme of those films are represented in this one, you absolutely should go see it. Godzilla here looks much more like the beloved behemoth than it did in the '98 movie, the music hearkens to the classic Japanese overtures of the old Gojira film era, and the camera work has the comically silly nature of Sam Rami's Spiderman series.

Scenario 2: If you are really excited to see a deep, human film with camera angles and writing that really tell a story that is thematically transcendent such as "District 9" and the Korean film "The Host," this is not your film. The script is filled with overtly simplistic rhetoric and one dimensional characters (intentionally,) the scenes somehow manage to have very little tension (even for me, the pilot episodes for most sitcoms seem more tense than Gozilla,) and as stated above, the camera-work is intentionally hammy. It should also be noted that to add a human element, the director overuses children to the point that it ends up feeling very obvious, as though he did it to be intentionally campy.

Scenario 3: If you are one of those people who really just want a fun popcorn flick such as Pacific Rim, with some solidly choreographed action like in the over-the-top bulletfest Battle:LA, I would say proceed with caution. The fight scenes are less intense and more majestic, like any classic monster movie, and as such the human aspect of the combat is relatively insignificant, less so than any other monster movie I've ever seen. There are no little monsters for anyone to shoot at, if that's your thing.

Scenario 4: If you are interested in this film because you love the talented work of Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and/or Aaron Taylor- Johnson (three of my favorite actors) and are excited to see what they bring to the table, you should probably sit this one out. Bryan Cranston's role in this film garners far less screen time than advertised, Ken Watanabe spends literally every second walking through the scenes with the pained expression of someone who just walked in on their parents, and all three of the actors give off the vibe that they are very much aware of how cheesy their lines are. Everyone else's performance was similarly forgettable.

Honestly, I'm a stickler for deep, human storytelling, but I've also had a softspot for the classic, silly fun of many Godzilla movies, including my favorite, Godzilla vs. Destroyah. All told, depending on which camp you fall under, this will be an entirely different movie for you. As Godzilla movies go, I'd give it a B. As darker, more serious monster movies go, I'd give it a D+.


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