Rating: 7.3/10 from 88,671 users
Disrector: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Warning, this review contain spoiler!
This Godzilla movie is the Hollywood version of the Japanese monster, though it’s not their first movie about it. I’ve never watch any Godzilla movie before, so I watch this movie without any expectation.
The movie started with a background story in 1954, detonation of nuclear bomb. It’s is not clear to whether it caused the appearance of Godzilla, or it is an attempt to kill it. In the 1999, there are two important events. First, is when Japanese scientist played by Ken Watanabe come to Philippine to investigate the radioactive occurrence. He found a giant skeleton of prehistoric creature and two cocoon. Unfortunately one of it is escaped to the sea. The second event is in Janjira nuclear plant, Japan. Bryan Cranston as the head of the plant observe unusual seismic activity. Bryan Cranston order her wife to investigate it. During investigation, the seismic activity increased, causing radioactive leak. The Janjira plant is destroyed, and Bryan Cranston failed to save his wife, leaving him with their small kid.
Fifteen years later, when Bryan Cranston and his kid Aaron Taylor-Johnson trying to find answer of the Janjira event, they found out that the plant, which supposed to be a quarantine area, still active. Apparently, the escaped cocoon making it’s home in Janjira. Ken Watanabe researching the MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) while protected by military. Suddenly the cocoon become active. It hatched, destroying the place and then fled. This MUTO activity awaken Godzilla from it’s deep slumber. While the military making plan to fight this MUTO, Ken Watanabe believe it would be pointless. The only hope they have is to let Godzilla, the top chain ancient predator to fight it.
In this movie, the villain is MUTO, and Godzilla act as some kind of anti-hero. The Godzilla itself didn’t appear antil the last half of the movie. This made many people, who wants to see Godzilla in action disappointed. I’m okay with this, because at the first half, the movie display an excellent human drama. The acting of Bryan Cranston is really amazing. I cannot say the same for the other two, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ken Watanabe, such a waste of a big movie star. Though Godzilla appear late, his appearance still amazing. Godzilla really show his power. Well, I’m quite pleased with this movie.