Review | Godzilla

Review 2014 by RD Clark



Written by: Max Borenstein & Dave Callaham

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen,

Rated PG-13
Running time: 120 mins

A scientist, working at a nuclear power plant, has his life devastated when an earthquake destroys the plant. Fifteen years later he is still trying to prove that it wasn’t natural disaster. He was right.

First off, this movie looks great. The cinematography is second to none and the action is so compelling it almost carries the film by itself. Cranston is always good in anything and…well, that’s about it.

I am so tired of seeing movies about people making obviously stupid decisions and then spending the entire film stupidly trying to correct them. I don’t want to give anything away here, so I’ll do something I’ve never done before: I’ll expand on this with spoiler-ific enthusiasm down below.

I cannot recommend this one; I was like, “Aw, c’mon, really?” all through this movie. If you decide to see it anyway, there are no post-credit scenes, so feel free to stomp out when they roll.

Flytrap rating: 4/10

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*********Warning! Warning! Spoilers! Warning! Warning!*********

1. So something destroys a nuclear power plant and kills thousands of people and what do they do? Build another power plant on top of it and study it.

2. Why is it in these films, the only solution the military seems to come up with is, “Let’s nuke it!”
No drones with Hellfire missiles? No miniguns to chop them up?

3. Why did they strand all of those buses full of civilians on a bridge when they knew there were monsters coming?

4. Why transport their best-hope weapons on a freaking train? They had helicopters…which they ended up using.

5. What was Godzilla’s motivation for following and fighting the Motus? An old family feud? Did they owe him money? This was never properly explained, except with one throwaway line about them being, “his prey”, even though he didn’t eat them after he killed them.

6. He ended up killing them with his “dragon breath”; why wasn’t that his opening move?

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