Rent Godzilla (2014)

3.0 of 5 from 654 ratings
1h 58min
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Synopsis:
This spectacular adventure pits Godzilla, the world's most famous monster, against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Bob Ducsay, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull
Voiced By:
Erik Aadahl, Stephen Stanton
Writers:
Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/10/2014
Run Time:
118 minutes
Languages:
English, Hindi, Spanish
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Legendary Godzilla: A Whole New Level of Destruction and Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/10/2014
Run Time:
123 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
Castillian, English, English Hard of Hearing, German, German Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/10/2014
Run Time:
123 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
Castillian, English, English Hard of Hearing, German, German Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Trailer

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Reviews (9) of Godzilla

Disappointing - but at least Godzilla looks like the original - Godzilla review by RP

Spoiler Alert
02/12/2014

When I were but a mere slip of a lad, I sneaked into the local cinema to see a viewing of the X-rated Japanese original. It was dreadful - not at all scary and the 'monster' was not at all monstrous. I remember being very disappointed - but then I was too young to appreciate its socio-political message.

Back in 1998 I quite enjoyed the remake although it was critically panned, but the roles of Matthew Broderick (too boyish) and Jean Reno (perhaps too closely associated with 'Léon') were just silly.

So I was looking forward to the 2014 remake. But it's disappointing stuff - how can you have a film titled 'Godzilla' without Godzilla? It's a 2 hour film, but he's only in it for the last few minutes!

The rest of the film is largely about a different monster - the MUTOs - who seem to like a nice warm, radioactive environment. One in Japan, one (of course) in the USA - and of course, when they get together they breed - and mankind is rescued by Godzilla and his fiery radioactive breath. Mankind may be safe, but LA does suffer a bit.

There are some well known actors here: Juliette Binoche (a bit part at the beginning), Bryan Cranston (from 'Breaking Bad' - a longer bit part at the beginning) and Ken Watanabe (a longer bit part as a Godzilla expert). No proper use is made of their skills and the cast who fill the main roles are pretty dreadful.

So, too long, silly acting, silly over-complex story, silly made-up MUTOs - is there anything good about it? Yes - Godzilla actually looks like the 1950s Japanese original :)

Disappointing stuff - 2/5 stars

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Much better Godzilla film - Godzilla review by gazmb

Spoiler Alert
05/12/2014

Thank god they remade this after that dreadful Godzilla back in 1998, that had dreadful acting and a Gadzilla that was nowhere big enough and with childish scenes. This was made a lot better with a massive Godzilla the only dissapointing thing for me was that Godzilla wasn't in it enough. I did really enjoy the film though.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Not what I expected - Godzilla review by Adam

Spoiler Alert
20/12/2014

I have never seen any version of Godzilla before, so really had no idea what to expect, and i have to say I was a little bit let down. However overall it is a good movie and well worth watching. Amazing special effects.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Godzilla review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso

I’ve said this many times about many other films from World War Z to The World’s End but Godzilla is a film of two parts much like the others and whenever I point out this fact i find that one part is always intrinsically better than the other. Godzilla’s problem is that its first chapter is so riveting and compelling in a conspiracy thriller kind of way that the films latter half, a Pacific Rim-esque brawl through half of America fails to even capitalize on what the film's opening minutes tried to achieve making the whole film a loud, destructive mess that doesn’t even provide a decent fight.

Godzilla follows Ford (Aaron Taylor Johnson), a marine who upon returning home is forced to travel to Japan to bail his father Joe (Bryan Cranston) out of jail. However when his father enlists him for a conspiracy mission surrounding Ford’s mother and how she died they uncover far more than they imagined leading to a shocking showdown between a creature no one has ever seen before, the dreaded Godzilla.

While this is pretty close to fine art in comparison to its 1998 counterpart there is very little subtlety to this tale of dominance and human stupidity. Not only is Godzilla a creature the films characters fail to understand but its a looming threat to the films exceptional paranoia factor, something that literally vanishes upon first glimpse of the mysterious monster. Even while the film avoids shots of the dreaded beast in favour of a sense of ambiguity its still clear what he is and where the film is headed leaving nothing to the imagination, ruining a buildup better than the actual payoff.

The most upsetting thing about Godzilla however is how it squanders its cast and drops sub plots with no plans to pick them up at a later point. The film features some excellent performances from actors like Cranston and Johnston but never quite takes advantage of the characters in the right way. While Cranston anchors the first act with a sense of impending doom his presence is sorely missed in the later acts as the film crumbles before the image of a giant unstoppable monster, a creature that while imposing makes the films conclusion predictable and dull making for just another monster mash up with little to show for it.

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