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Release date: 26 December 2014

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Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sally Hawkins star in this science fiction reimagining of the 1954 Japanese film about the destruction caused by a giant monster. When a devastating event is covered up as a natural disaster, nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Cranston) realises something much more sinister is to blame. Scientists Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Watanabe) and Dr. Vivienne Graham (Hawkins) reveal that in 1954 a powerful monster was awakened and though 'nuclear tests' were carried out in the Pacific Ocean to destroy it, the creature has now returned. With the US Armed Forces, including Joe's son Navy Lieutenant Ford Brody (Taylor-Johnson), called into action, humanity fights for its survival. The cast also includes Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn.

Starring:
Sally Hawkins, CJ Adams
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Godzilla (2014)

Product Details

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Runtime 2 hours 3 minutes
Starring Sally Hawkins, CJ Adams, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Konechny, Victor Rasuk
Director Gareth Edwards
Genres Science Fiction
Studio Warner Home Video
Rental release 26 December 2014
Main languages English

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Harry George on 18 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Reading the reviews of this film have made me confused. It seems to be overrun by the misinformed and clueless masses astroturfing negative reviews because it's not the film they expected. It's a real shame because this film, at its core, is a perfect westernised version of Godzilla. It is strong enough to even stand on its own monstrous two feet as a fantastic film.

I think people expected Pacific Rim meets Godzilla. Why? It wasn't advertised to be. I hear complaints like "Not enough Godzilla screen time!" and "Slow and boring!" "More fights!" Had these requests been satisfied, the film would have been an utter disaster. All of the impact the title character has would be lost and wasted on non climactic and non exciting fight scenes, so that by the end you've had enough of huge fighting monsters thrown in you face. Godzilla actually managed to get the audience to cheer when he finally got his first hit in.

What do you really want? Dumb action? Watch Pacific Rim. Interesting and impactful storytelling? Watch Godzilla.

Those who have not seen the original 1954 Godzilla and have posted 1 star reviews preaching more action, need to think if their contribution is with anything at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 May 2014
Format: DVD
Godzilla (2014 - DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL, Subtitled
Language: English
Region: 2
Subtitles: English French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 12
Studio: Warner Home Video
Running time 123 minutes

Cast.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ford Brody
Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody
Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody
Juliette Binoche as Sandra Brody
Sally Hawkins as Dr. Vivienne Graham
David Strathairn as Rear Admiral William Stenz
Carson Bolde as Sam Brody
Richard T. Jones as Captain Russell Hampton
Victor Rasuk as Sergeant Tre Morales

Trivia.
1)Aaron Taylor-Johnson is better known for his two Kick Ass movies.
2)Brian Cranston played Walter White in 5 seasons of Breaking Bad.
3)2014 celebrates Godzillas 60th Birthday.
4)Henry Cavill & Joseph Gordon-Levitt were considered for the role of Lieutenant Brody.
5)Andy Serkis provided consulting work on the movies motion capture sequences.
6)A 400ft model of the Golden Gate Bridge was constructed for the San Francisco sequence.
7)Estimated budget on this movie $160 million.

Budget: $160 million
Box office: $525 million

Plot Synopsis.
1999.
When a devastating event is covered up as a natural disaster Nuclear Physicist Joe Brody realises something much more powerful is to blame, Tragically the disaster costs Brody his wife leaving him widowed with his young son Ford, Joe becomes obsessed in discovering the truth about what really happened on that tragic day.

2014.
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Format: DVD
I really, REALLY wanted to like this film (I saw and own EVERY single Godzilla movie, plus "Rodan", "Gappa", etc.), but leaving the cinema I was very disappointed. Not as much as 16 years ago, but still a lot... Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Amongst the very few good things I can say about this film is that this time Godzilla looks almost as he should - he also can use a breathing fire attack and his famous roar is back in action. But on another hand he looks kind of heavy around waist and in some of his parts also soft, as if he was in fact a poorly inflated rubber suit (something that never happened in old movies in which Godzilla WAS in fact a guy in a rubber suit...). Also, instead of atomic fire, Godzilla breaths in this film a kind of burning gas - and it is definitely not the same thing as b@d@ss breathing attack in "classical" kaiju films...

Other than this improvement in Godzilla's aspect there is not a single good thing I can say about this film. The WORST is that THERE IS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH GODZILLA!! He appears late in this 123 minutes long movie and then he is shown by glimpses of 5 second - and then we move to something else.

Almost as bad is the fact that the two other kaijus (I am not even certain what their names were and I DON'T CARE) appearing in this film are not really that great and especially they are NOT MATCH for Godzilla - once the monsters get into it, Godzilla dispatches them both rather quickly and easily. Do not expect anything even remotely comparable to awesome, epic fights against King Ghidorah, Gigan, Mechagodzilla, Kumonga or Destoroyah.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lee thomas on 21 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Top film. Even though bryan cranston isn't for the whole film i found it very entertaining and really enjoyed it. Glad it went back to the old godzilla and not the mess we had a good few years ago. Really don't listen to the negative reviews they just don't like godzilla
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