Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
15 May 2014 (UK)
The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Max Borenstein (screenplay), Dave Callaham(story)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
A dormant gargantuan monster is woken from its slumber, feeding of nuclear material and causing devastation in its wake. The army tries feebly to stop the beast but all attempts are futile. A balance must be restored, to kill the monster it will take another monster, equally as ferocious, GODZILLA. One word… WOW. Not what I expected, the trailer definitely mislead what my initial expectation were. I expected something similar to the Matthew Broderick film from 1998, where civilisation is terrorised by Godzilla, it’s us against him. Instead it was an awesome epic monster vs monster movie.
The movie begins with the tragic loss and destruction of the Janjira nuclear plant, where Joe played by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) loses his wife and home. Convinced this was not a natural disaster, Joe is convinced something living caused the catastrophe. We then forward in time, Joe’s son is now grown up, a bomb disposal officer, Ford Brody played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick Ass) returns home only to be called to help his father who has been arrested and charged with trespassing, trying to uncover the real reasons for the Janjira disaster. Both are then caught up in the mystery and uncover that scientists have discovered a M.U.T.O. (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Object), the actual reason for the plant destruction. The scientist’s unintentionally awaken the creature that then destroys the complex and threatens civilization.
In my opinion this was a movie that was enjoyable, had some awesome monster fight scenes and an epic amount of destruction. There were one or two plot holes that had me confused for instance how did scientists (Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins) know that Godzilla would rise to fight the M.U.T.O.s and also where had he gained his knowledge of Godzilla. Saying that, I enjoyed the movie, it didn't require much brain power and was the perfect bloke movie to watch after a long day of work. Warner Bros and Legendary have announced the movie sequel release date. You can expect Godzilla 2 on June 8th 2018.