So here it is, the all new Godzilla reboot from Gareth Edwards. Once again breathing life into the monster that first appeared on screen in 1954, the 2014 version reverts back to the original suspense, terror and fleeting glimpses style of the very first Godzilla movie.
Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) is a nuclear plant supervisor living in Japan with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) and son, Ford. The plant experiences some heavy seismic activity, which results in an explosion that destroys the entire facility, killing Sandra.
Skip forwards 15 years, and Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is living in America and working in the Navy. He is forced to go back to Japan, where his father is still living, however when investigating the seemingly deserted facility that was destroyed all those years ago, they discover that is wasn’t seismic activity that caused the explosion…
I think we can all guess what epicly huge deviant is behind it. Cue, chaos and destruction!
It’s a fun and action packed film, and fans of the genre will certainly relish in seeing it. Compared to the generally reviled 1998 Roland Emmerich version of Godzilla starring Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno, the effects are better, the cast is spot on, the acting is great…but there’s something about it that seems a little jarring.
Maybe it’s the lack of seeing Godzilla himself, maybe it’s the more stocky and stubby ‘toy’ design of the creature, maybe it’s the fact that he has a couple of monster nemesis that somewhat steal the limelight, but something just holds back the film from being brilliant. For me at least. But I’ll get over it! And it doesn’t really detract from the overall enjoyment!
Still definitely one worth shelling out for and seeing at the cinema. Because Godzilla is meant to be seen large and loud!
You can see the trailer for the movie below.