October 25, 2014
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GODZILLA
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Joyce and Don Fowler
GODZILLA

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(Glitzy remake of classic monster movie)

We grew up with Godzilla. The original monster movie of the ’50s warned us of the dangers of nuclear power and radiation.

After a zillion Godzilla movies over the years, Hollywood has chosen to create the ultimate Godzilla movie. The 3D and special effects are amazing, but it’s still the same old story, albeit with a couple of interesting twists.

The movie opens with black and white shots of atomic tests in the ’50s and quickly jumps to 1999 in the Philippines and Japan.

Bryan Cranston plays an American engineer who sends his wife to her death in a nuclear plant breach and lives the rest of his short life overcome with grief and guilt. His son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) grows up to be a bomb disposal specialist and follows his father to a Japanese plant, where all Hell breaks loose. Ford, and the world, goes ballistic, as monsters start destroying Japan and work their way towards Hawaii and San Francisco.

We don’t get a good look at Godzilla until halfway through the movie, and a bit later the sea monster has a big surprise for us. The other monsters, called MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism), engage in destroying the world as they knock down buildings, chew up trains (they seem to have an insatiable appetite for trains) and eventually take on Godzilla.

How will this all end? Can Ford save the world and reunite with his wife and son? Is it all the fault of nuclear accidents and radiation, or is their another scientific reason for the chaos? And what about Godzilla?

You’ll get all the answers in this two-hour marathon that lacks humor or emotion, as Godzilla lives to scare another generation of movie-goers. Rated PG-13, with extreme violence.


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