Review: (2.5 / 5) Godzilla is a 2014 sci-fi monster film directed Gareth Edwards, starring Godzilla, a fire breathing dragon. The movie had record screenings, broke weekend records, and was positively received by several critics. Godzilla operated under a $160M budget, and grossed nearly $530M worldwide.
The movie begins with the uncover the skeleton in a mine somewhere in the Pacific Rim where they find two spores, one that was dormant, the other hatched and escaped through an opening, leaving a trail into the sea. The movie then goes fifteen years forward to 2014 to a nuclear plant. The facility experiences problems and the two monsters, MUTO’s they’re called, escape and head for the states. Somehow their escape finds sends some form of communication throughout the ocean calling on Godzilla to meet in the U.S. mainland for battle.
So, as I always do in my reviews, let’s talk about what worked. Well, things blow up, and the monster is a good guy. Outside of that, I’m stumped. How in the world this movie tripled its budget in profits is beyond me. How Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 74% has me scratching my head wondering what I missed.
So let’s talk about what I didn’t like. Well, I thought the storyline was typical in that the MUTO’s mutated from the radiation. Speaking of the MUTO’s they could have done a better job on creating them. I thought they looked like two steel praying mantis. I found it comical that the military knew they needed a massive explosion to destroy the MUTO’s, so what do we get? Soldiers firing their AR15s at the monster.
I realize that Godzilla is a legend, and as a kid, I liked it. Watching it as an adult was a different story. The movie is action-packed, and if that’s what you’re looking for, it’s two full hours of it, but if you want a storyline, you might be disappointed. I know there’s a lot of fans out there so I’m anxious to see what they have to say.