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Godzilla (2014)

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Gareth Edwards

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Plot Summary

In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world's most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

74%
  • Reviews Counted: 279
  • Fresh: 206
  • Rotten: 73
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: We're here to see the film's leading lizard, who is pretty gorgeously realized by an army of digitizers, even if he seems just a bit-player in his own movie for the first hour or so. – Bob Mondello, NPR, May 16, 2014

Rotten: The beasts just want to have fun, but the gravest letdown in Edwards's film is that, most of the time, he fends off the chance to have fun himself. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, May 16, 2014

Fresh: There's something rather heartening about the fact that Warner Brothers was prepared to hand over the reins of a stonking great blockbuster (and, lets face it, a potential money-spinning franchise) to a sophomore director. – Wendy Ide, Times [UK], Jan 5, 2015

Fresh: The sheer size of the creatures is part of their pleasure, and 3D CGI technology seems born to tell these kinds of stories; it has finally caught up with our dreams. – Rochelle Siemienowicz, sbs.com.au, Jan 5, 2015

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Customer Reviews

A Godzilla Fan's Dream Come True

This is the best depiction of Godzilla I've ever seen. The pacing and cinematography beautifully ramp up the tension as you wait for the larger than life presense of Godzilla. The director, Gareth Edwards, knows exactly how to tease our excitement, nod respectfully to the originals, and also infuse a little humor into what is honestly a totally ridiculous premise., But we don't care. Because this Godzilla is real emotionally and visually. The actors deliver better-than-expected performances to what are usually token roles.

The story slowly progresses until we get our first full view of Godzilla about half way through the movie. It is truly worth the wait, and if you didn't see it on the big screen, you missed something great. By the time the inevitable final battle is over, you will have witnessed a truly epic atomic smackdown.

The inevitable comparison has been made to Pacific Rim, which was a very comic-book stylized movie. This is heavily influenced by Steven Spielberg. The most common complaints I've heard about this movie are that Godzilla and Bryan Cranston are not in it enough. All that tells me is that people liked what they saw and wanted more, which is exactly why there is going to be a sequel!

Yikes.

Even thought the title of this film is 'Godzilla' he is not the main character. Godzilla is on screen for a mere 20 minutes tops, which is why this movie fails to deliver. The first time Godzilla shows up and screams at the audience, you get an adrenaline rush and begin to cheer. TOO BAD! That's all you get to see for now and it cuts back to an insignificant family you have no interest in seeing.
Godzilla seemed like it was trying too hard to be multiple films and please multiple people. The first act had a very "Jurassic Park" feel to it with Bryan Cranston at his best. As soon as the first monster shows up, things begin to go downhill. The soundtrack got quite repetitive and was basically mimicking 'Jaws.' Then Godzilla shows up once again, this time to fight the monster and save the city. He charges at the monster and right as he grabs him...STOP! That's enough for now, time to cut back to that family you love seeing so much. Not only was the pacing of the film off, but the acting was quite poor as well. Bryan Cranston was the only stand out actor in the film and even a rising star like Aaron Taylor Johnson couldn't save this film from flat and bland acting.
There's a part in the film where Godzilla is hurt and passed out on the ground. Are we supposed to feel for him? We saw such little development of Godzilla himself that I couldn't have cared less about him. Let's hope Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures learn from the shortcomings and improve in the inevitable sequel.

3 monsters in total darkness

Does this movie come in an infra red version -- the monster scenes occur in almost total darkness to the point where you cant even discern what is happening --

Godzilla (2014)
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2014

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