Saturday, May 17, 2014

Godzilla (2014 film)


The king...has returned! Yes, the king of monsters is back on the big screen and this time, it's nothing like what you expected from the past Godzilla movies because the 2014 version of Godzilla promises to be one roar ahead from any other monster movies, especially the ones as seen last year. Made by the same blokes that brought you last year's Pacific Rim, this movie stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, Richard T. Jones, Juliette Binoche, and Sally Hawkins.

It starts in the year 1999, when a mining operation somewhere in, you guessed it, the Philippines uncovered a prehistoric fossil and an ancient parasite was unleashed in the site, causing havoc and in any case, destroyed a nuclear plant somewhere in Japan. 15 years later, the wrath of Godzilla is on and as the military doing everything they can to save the human population from being devoured or killed by the catastrophic monstrosity that rampaged the world.

The old Godzilla movie, made by Roland Emmerich several years ago, wasn't quite so bad but it feels somewhat lacking in the monster movie department even though this film has some touches by the same man who brought you numerous disaster flicks. It was good but rather disappointing. However, in the 2014 version, director Gareth Edwards really pulled it off very neatly because in the director's point of view, he wanted to give monster movie-goers a new experience to the king of monsters, while retracing its roots from its original Japanese counterparts where the first Godzilla film came in Japan since 1954. Hey, at least it's Godzilla's 60th birthday so it really explains a lot.

This monster movie feels like a disaster movie at the right places and as moviegoers are sitting still, they will simply tremble with fear thanks to the awesome special effects most monster movies would only dream of. If it's fear Godzilla delivers, it's definitely fear that strikes terror to the hearts of viewers to the end.

If there was a drawback, I would say it's the cast that are making it upset for the viewers and even the main character wasn't done a really good job especially the supporting cast. It seems that the fear the king of monster delivers really blown the human cast out of water and it feels more a bit dramatic but lacking in the acting department.

In conclusion, the modern Godzilla really pulled it off neatly in terms of storyline and special effects and I believe that this 2014 version really is a sure fire way to celebrate Godzilla's 60th birthday since the original Japanese film of 1954. If you watched the old one as well as the original Japanese ones, I would say that this is a must-watch for the summer season and you will never regret the fear you've experienced from Godzilla's trademark roar and his atomic breath that burns the hell out of the opposition.

My rating for this flick is a 4 out of 5 so it's a GOOD movie to watch 'till you're fainted.

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