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Synopsis: Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), convinced that the true cause of a devastating accident 15 years earlier is being covered up, attempts to discover the truth. But the truth is far beyond anything he could have imagined…
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen
Director: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham
A devastating accident happens at the power plant where Joe Brody (played by Bryan Cranston – the character name a not-so-subtle nod at one of the films influences, Jaws), tearing Joe’s life apart. Convinced that all is not as it seems, he dedicates his life to finding out the truth.
Flash forward to 15 years later, and the same peculiar seismic activity Joe had previously detected at the plant all those years ago have resurfaced, leading Joe to risk imprisonment by wandering around the “contaminated zone”. He – along with his son (Taylor-Johnson) – become part of something much larger as a dormant MUTO (Massive Unidentified Target Organism) springs to life, unleashing further destruction. But something bigger is yet to come…
The tone for Godzilla is set up right from the get-go – this is not going to be a light-hearted romp in the same vein as the 1998 film of the same name. This is a grittier, more realistic (if that’s possible in a film about 150 metre tall monsters) take. It’s not often opening credits get a mention in reviews, but they were superbly put together, blending the history of nuclear research with legends of Godzilla. The credits themselves appear as text from classified documents, with the main text being “blacked out”, with only the actual credit visible. Very clever, and a good indication of things to come.
Cranston is reliable as always, despite the bad wig, but is criminally underused as the focus switches to his rather bland son. Taylor-Johnson plays the part well enough, but he is a far less interesting actor – and indeed character – than Cranston. Also underused is the wonderful Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Taylor-Johnson’s wife, but spends most of her screen time on the phone to her husband.
The emotional part of the film seems to come to an end quite early on, leaving little real emotional connection to the characters for the remainder of the running time, but that leaves space for what really does work: suspense, action and destruction.
While the big guy himself doesn’t make much of an appearance until probably the last 45 minutes or so, by which time we’re begging to see him in his full glory, that doesn’t make the first half of the film any less enjoyable. Some incredible set pieces and superb build-up of suspense makes it a hugely entertaining film, building up brilliantly to the big reveal. And when Godzilla himself is revealed completely, you can’t help but smile.
The effects in this film are near flawless, and the destruction feels purposeful unlike other recent movies in which it seems like it was being done just for the sake of it (*cough*Man of Steel*cough*). Edwards himself has stated that Spielberg and other such directors had an influence on him during this film, and that is clear – Jurassic Park is perhaps one of the most obvious influences, which a couple of scenes almost paying a direct homage to it. Other Spielbergian nods include an inquisitive young girl being the first to spot an oncoming tsunami wave and a dog sensing oncoming doom.
One glaringly condescending television headline and lack of emotional draw towards the characters for the most part aside, Godzilla is a superb film that doesn’t go for full on destruction for the whole running time but builds the suspense masterfully and actually makes us want some destruction by the time it comes around.
My 3rd Avenger image
An attempt at something a little “looser” and more conceptual. I didn’t quite pull it off how I wanted, but not too bad