Godzilla (2014) Friday, 03 April 2020

Godzilla (2014)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Science fiction themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    The Brody Bunch.

  • Starring:

    Aaron Taylor-Johnson, CJ Adams, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Richard T. Jones

  • Directed by:

    Gareth Edwards

  • Running time:

    123 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are crushed, hit with falling objects, thrown from high ledges, thrown from the air, eaten. Creatures attack each other/are fired upon, a bird flies into a window. Plane, jet, helicopter, submarine, boat collisions; air strikes; an aircraft flies into a building. Bolts of electricity fired, mass panic, mass devastation and destruction. Bridges, buildings, monorail collapse. Famous cities, landmarks destroyed. Explosions, fireballs, burning objects, smashed window. Vehicle rollover, vehicle debris, flotsam. Nuclear explosions, tidal waves, nuclear warheads, warships, aircraft carriers, gas marks, armed soldiers, military vehicles, tanks seen. Radiation, Hiroshima, lost submarine, trespassing, mentioned. Dead miners mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses, flatlining. Creature decapitated. People in body bags, people on stretchers, walking wounded, IV drips, bandages, neck/head braces, breathing masks, makeshift hospital, blood bag. Bloody heads, faces, grazes. Animal bones, oozing slime.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Skimpy clothing. Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, spirits). Casino setting (poker machines seen).

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Godzilla, family, father-son relationships, grief, military operations, folklore, nuclear meltdown, nuclear blasts, radiation, workplace accidents.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased wife/mother, deceased father/grandfather. Jail, casino, hospital settings. Helicopters, jets, planes. Dogs, centipedes, bugs, chameleon, bats, wolf, flock of birds, giant bat-like creatures, giant lizard creature, animal roaring/screeching. Some Japanese (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Sustained, epic, entertaining, sensory, atmospheric, beautiful, badass, awesome, slow-burning, subtle, tense, thrilling, gleeful, grand, smart, self-aware, eye-popping, well-paced. Awe-inspiring set pieces, impressive CGI, vivid action, satisfying monsters, low-key feel, strong performance from Bryan Cranston, striking cinematography, clever direction, satisfying spectacle, climactic finale, intricate attention to detail, Godzilla gets heaps of screen time. A respectful update of the classic.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Humourless, predictable, two-dimensional. Stock characters, dull acting, sparse script, heavy-handed score, not enough screen time from Bryan Cranston, weak female roles, wasted cast, baggy middle act, numerous plot holes and inconsistencies, lacks suspense.

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