• PG
  • Roland Emmerich (1997)
  • US
  • 132 min
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Film Review
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2 out of 5

Japan's favourite giant lizard crawls out of radioactive waters in the South Pacific and heads for New York in this dreary American overhaul from 10,000 BC director Roland Emmerich. Resembling an over-produced version of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Emmerich's blockbuster behemoth replaces man-in-suit special effects with dodgy computer visuals and sub-Jurassic Park thrills. What it doesn't replicate is the endearing charm the celebrated fire-breather had when he stomped through cardboard skyscrapers. The old Toho Studios' fantasy adventures may have lower budgets, but even the cheapest shows more imagination and flair than this dismal monster mishmash.

Plot Summary

Monster horror starring Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno. When a Japanese vessel is sunk in the South Pacific and enormous footprints are discovered in Panama, a team of scientists is brought in to investigate. But radiation expert Niko Tatopoulos has his own theory - nuclear bomb tests have mutated a lizard to gigantic proportions and Manhattan is now under threat.

Cast and crew


Dr Niko Tatopoulos
Matthew Broderick
Philippe Roaché
Jean Reno
Audrey Timmonds
Maria Pitillo
Victor "Animal" Palotti
Hank Azaria
Colonel Hicks
Kevin Dunn
Mayor Ebert
Michael Lerner
Charles Caiman
Harry Shearer
Lucy Palotti
Arabella Field


Roland Emmerich

Other Information

Violence and sexual situations, edited for language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG