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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:
Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe
Rental Formats:
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
Genres Science Fiction
Studio Warner Home Video
Rental release 26 December 2014
Main languages English

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brandon H.S. on 28 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I'm a massive Godzilla fan, and at first I was afraid this would be another "fan-let-down" movie like 'Max Payne' or 'The Last Airbender'. Boy was I wrong!

The director managed to make this film closer to the original Japanese Godzilla movies, for example; the 1998 design looked pretty dreadful, like a velociraptor dressed up in a Godzilla costume. It was rubbish, and it had a face you wanted to punch. New Godzilla, on the other hand, just looks more like the REAL Godzilla. Some seriously good creature design has gone into this bad boy. Love his mountain range of spikes on his back and his relatively tiny mouth. It just looks real. Also this Godzilla can handle canons and missiles from the navy, whereas the one from 1998 was easily killed by missiles from a couple of planes! Another thing was that the 1998 version doesn't have Godzilla's iconic weapon, the 'Atomic Breath'. BUT THE 2014 VERSION DOES!!! Last but not least, the behaviour of the 1998 was too much like a dumb animal, looking for a place to lay eggs and running away from danger. That's not the Godzilla I know! In this film Godzilla is an intelligent, prehistoric amphibious monster who feeds off Earth's natural radiation. Now that's better.

The dialog and acting may be a bit dull, but everything else is just what I hoped it would be. Especially the King of the Monsters himself. Please ignore any negative review.
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39 of 50 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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Format: DVD
Naysayers complain because they wanted this film to be something its not. This is Godzilla and if you know the Godzilla films you know they are not just giant monsters destroying cities heck most of the films godzilla's not in them much and this film did it very well. A lot of people just wanted a simple movie and this film wanted to be more than that and succeeded at being a great blockbuster and a great godzilla film not just a giant monster film but a Godzilla film.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By tallpete33 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Neither us had high hopes for this but were pleasantly surprised by a very decent film that paid homage to the excellent originals. It’s a bit of a road (ok, ocean) trip that flits between Japan, Hawaii and Vegas with the good guy Godzilla literally resurfacing to fight off badass killer monsters eager to spawn and take over the world. There is a decent enough plot concerning the destruction of the Janjira nuclear plant which Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) obsessively researches a decade on in an attempt to discover its unnatural cause that lead to the death of his wife.

The director did a good job here in balancing story and action – when the two big guns first meet head to head we don’t actually see it live but on a TV news channel in the background. A clever touch that kept you eager for more and when it did finally did arrive, the action and cinematography were just immense. In a year of so-so releases this one stands out from the crowd and if you haven’t already, get yourself down to your local cinema for this but don’t forget those 3D specs!
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andy Barnard on 20 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
.....which consisted almost entirely of 2 things- Bryan Cranston and Godzilla. The same 2 ingredients that are in very short supply in the film. I should mention that there are spoilers here before I go on.
Think if it had been another actor with such a minor part they would have geared the entire trailer around him? His swift demise leaves a huge hole from which the film never recovers. This is a shame, as the beginning section is actually pretty decent, with a setup and backstory far more convincing than the 'irradiated lizard' of the last Godzilla attempt. The ideas stop coming after a while though, and the whole thing is reduced to blantant timewasting segments such as the lost little boy on the train. Pure filler.
The main reason I was disappointed with this was it's lack of focus. The director has said in interviews that he didn't want to saturate the whole thing with Godzilla and reveal him too early, but seems at a loss as to what to do instead. Deciding to just put other big monsters in his place is a feeble cop out. He actually goes way too far and makes Godzilla a minor supporting character in his own film! The final battle between the monsters is directed in a very strange manner- instead of being the main event, it's treated as mere background to mawkish and formulaic human drama with constant cutaways and long shots. It really takes you out of the whole thing.
The script drifts around aimlessly, not helped by some paper thin science. Why would a no doubt well-shielded nuclear bomb attract the monsters, as opposed to say, a nuclear power plant or the huge pile of nuclear waste one of the monsters just left. Said bomb (megatons, not kilotons! Makes Hiroshima look like a firecracker!) then goes off a 5 minute small boat ride from the coast. Nobody notices.
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