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Release date: 30 January 2015

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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:
Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe
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Blu-ray

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Runtime 2 hours 3 minutes
Starring Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sally Hawkins, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Victor Rasuk, Anthony Konechny, CJ Adams
Director Gareth Edwards
Studio Warner Home Video
Rental release 30 January 2015
Main languages English

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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Conrad Walker on 10 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Have just read some of the reviews for this film and can't understand all the negativity surrounding it. Its a giant lizard reptile type beast smashing the heck out of buildings and other things in a semi- realistic city backdrop. It was never going to be Breaking Bad 2 the emotional tribulations of a peed off reptile who turns to meth selling to try and halt his nuclear and prehistoric genes. For most of its history it was a bloke in a rubber suit and now they've finally given its appearance some credence people still aren't happy.
IT'S A FILM WITH A GIANT LIZARD HAS ITS STAR. GIVE IT A CHANCE I LOVED IT
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Josh Murphy on 11 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. The film is the second attempt at a Hollywood reboot of the Godzilla film franchise, following the disastrous attempt by Roland Emmerich in 1998. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston, alongside Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins and David Strathairn.

Mostly identifiable from his successful low budget film ‘Monsters’, Edwards attempts to take some of the concentrated interior conflicts from the characters in this previous film, and apply them to this film, set to the backdrop of the destruction of America at the hands of the King of the Monsters. Whilst an initial lengthy and thorough exploration into the characters themselves does provide the basis for the following chaos and destruction to have some substance behind it, it results in an opening act which feels sluggish. Additionally, whether it is through his roaring screech or enormous shadow, Godzilla is consistently teased to the audience in an attempt to increase anticipation for his first appearance. The persistent and over-implementation of this technique however simply builds frustration rather than excitement.

Nevertheless, Godzilla’s initial appearance is undoubtedly powerful. Never has his vast scaly body looked so beautiful, and never has his ear-piercing roar sounded so authentic and frightening. The CGI as a matter of fact is almost faultlessly immersive throughout the entirety of the film, as is the sound design and hypnotic soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat. Greatly to the director’s credit, the film from this point does manage to maintain a feeling of panic and horror, and does manage to hit many of the emotional beats that felt lacking during the film’s first half.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Albert on 22 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Outstanding movie! Smart, dramatic, action packed, interesting this film has it all!
If your expecting Pacific Rim or Transformers that are both bloated with "too much action and silly one liners" then yes you'll not like Godzilla. Those movies are dumb pop-corn fun movies. Godzilla took to the Jaws/Cloverfield approach, revealing enough to get a taste without over doing it. The 1954 Godzilla was very similar and this film stayed true to the Toho classics and fans of the orginal films love it. I loved it. All of it. It had brains, story and action. If you want just action, Transformers is out soon and Fast 7 is out out next year.utstanding all around!
If your expecting Pacific Rim or Transformers that are both bloated with "too much action and silly one liners" then yes you'll not like Godzilla. Those movies are dumb pop-corn fun movies. Godzilla took to the Jaws/Cloverfield approach, revealing enough to get a taste without over doing it. The 1954 Godzilla was very similar and this film stayed true to the Toho classics and fans of the orginal films love it. I loved it. All of it. It had brains, story and action. If you want just action, buy Transformers.
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Format: Blu-ray
everybody slates the 1998 Hollywood version of Godzilla well I enjoyed that one 100 times more than this 2014 version this version was shocking very, very, boring Brian Cranston was killed off way too early you don't see enough of Godzilla the fights between Godzilla and the other monster don't last enough and are uninspired its just dull very, very, dull I had big hopes for this but no like usual I was disappointed pacific rim which is like this as in big giant monsters was very well executed its a shame Guillermo tel toro didn't direct this then it would of been brilliant I am sure a wasted opportunity.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Back in the '80s my TV entertainment mainly consisted of a diet of Danger Mouse, horror/Sci-Fi films which I was ten years too young to watch, and Godzilla movies.

The 'Zilla films I watched were the badly dubbed '70s Shōwa series movies which are often looked down on for being too campy and comedic, the Godzilla suit may be falling apart in some (you can actually see it falling to bits in "Son of Godzilla") but as a kid they cemented Godzilla as my de-facto King of The Monsters and I've had a soft spot for the giant atomic lizard since. I was excited when the 1998 film came out, I actually enjoyed it at the time but it didn't really feel like Godzilla, Subsequent re-watches have highlighted the Gigan-sized plot holes and the fact that it simply isn't a Godzilla film, it's often called "GINO" (Godzilla In Name Only) - and for good reason. A Godzilla film is not a Godzilla film without Godzilla - that might seem a bit obvious, but Emmerich's film seemed to forget that.

Needless to say, after seeing the trailers for the 2014 movie I was hyped up - although I felt that a Hollywood Godzilla film was entirely unnecessary - it was something I was desperate to watch, the promotional material suggested that Gareth Edwards seemed to 'get it', but did he...?

The main problem with a Hollywood Godzilla film is grounding it in reality, or at least creating a universe where it doesn't seem dumb. The Japanese films have you suspend belief, there's a somewhat artificial look which creates a style unique to Daikaju features and it allows you to accept that anything goes, you can buy into a human-sized robot that can become a giant at will (Jet Jaguar) or an oversized rose-bush capable of destroying the world (Biollante).
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