Godzilla

Godzilla

Gareth Edwards (2014)

117min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In the 60th year of the movie franchise, director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) restores Godzilla to his rightful place as King of the Monsters with a blockbuster that makes up for in mood and spectacle what it lacks in dramatic bite. The story begins in devastating style with a nuclear accident in Japan that tears power-plant manager Bryan Cranston's family apart. Flash forward to the present, and his grown-up son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a naval officer, is returning to his own young family in San Francisco after a tour of duty. But he's soon answering the call back east, where his father remains convinced that the past tragedy was caused by no mere earthquake. After this slow-burn opening, the real star of the show is introduced - along with some new supersized playmates. Edwards injects proceedings with a sense of menace that's been lacking in the series since Ishiro Honda's 1954 original, with the Indian Ocean tsunami, the meltdown at Fukushima and the events of 9/11 all eerily evoked. The set pieces are suitably awesome, including Kaiju clashes in Hawaii and San Francisco, plus a breathtaking navy skydive directly into the monster arena. But while Edwards's Godzilla creation will go down well with fans, the human characters are less well rendered: in an accomplished cast that includes Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins and David Strathairn, it's only Cranston who makes an impression. Nevertheless, there's enough here to suggest this could be a promising new chapter in the monster series.

Summary

Premiere. A conspiracy theorist's investigation of his wife's death in a nuclear reactor meltdown leads him and his soldier son into an encounter with underground creatures, which go on a deadly rampage across the world. The only hope for the human race may lie with another equally destructive giant monster. Thriller remake, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe.

Cast & Crew

Ford Brody Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Joe Brody Bryan Cranston
Dr Ishiro Serizawa Ken Watanabe
Elle Brody Elizabeth Olsen
Vivienne Graham Sally Hawkins
Admiral William Stenz David Strathairn
Sandra Brody Juliette Binoche
Capt Russell Hampton Richard T Jones
Director Gareth Edwards
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Other Information

Language: English / JapaneseColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Some violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 May 2014
Drama