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Godzilla: Final Wars (Gojira: Fainaru uôzu) (2004)

  Directed by: Ryuhei Kitamura
Written by: Isao Kiriyama, Ryuhei Kitamura, Wataru Mimura, Shogo Tomiyama
Links: Godzilla: Final Wars on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
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"The Sydney Opera house blows up good!" - a review by timchuma

Although regarded as stupid by most serious movie fans, I have always been a big fan of the Godzilla movies, as it is great to see someone inside a rubber monster suit smashing a bunch of model buildings. Seeing the monsters fight each other is even more fun as there is such wide scale destruction. I didn't really enjoy the American remake of Godzilla (Godzilla (1998)) as watching a computer generated monster smash a computer generated building will never be as fun.

While the plot has not really been that important in Godzilla movies, apart from the original Godzilla (1954), this movie starts with the giant flying submarine Gotengo (which reminded me of Atragon (1963)), imprisoning Godzilla in the Antarctic icecap. Cut to several years later and the monsters are attacking cities all over the world, including New York, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Sydney. The destruction of the last city in particular was greeted with huge cheers and applause in the Melbourne screening I was at. The biggest applause came when the Centrepoint Tower fell down and the Sydney Opera House was destroyed.

Trying to stop all this is the Earth Defence Force and their mutant soldiers who for some reason look like they have just come off their BMXes. After one monster destruction mission, the Captain of the Gotengo (who looks like M.Bison from the Street Fighter video games) is imprisoned after punching out an official on court. Just as the EDF is about to destroy the monsters, they are all removed by the Xiliens who claim to come in peace, but you know that they have got something sneaky up their sleeves.

After their plot is revealed, the Xiliens release the monsters and also their ancient monster Gigan to destroy civilisation so they can take charge. The surviving members of the EDF, the Captain and a beautiful biologist take off in the Gotengo to Antarctica so they can release Godzilla and fight the monsters.

While the rock soundtrack featuring Sum-41 (who would have been over the moon to play on it), is good, I prefer the more classical score by Akira Ifukube that featured in many of the other older Godzilla movies. There is a remix of the traditional Godzilla score, but I didn't like it as much.

I would recommend this movie if you want something fun to watch with a group of friends, so that you can yell at things on the screen and use it for a drinking game. While it was a really fun movie, I still like Destroy All Monsters (1968) more, as it has all the monsters fighting with each other instead of Godzilla going one on one with all of them. Supposedly this is meant to be the "final" movie in the series, but I would believe John Farnham's "last time" tour was really truth in advertising before I would believe that.

Monster Roll Call:

  • Godzilla
  • Baby Godzilla
  • Manda
  • Anguirus
  • Zilla (from the 1998 USA Godzilla remake)
  • Ebirah
  • Rodan
  • King Seesar
  • Gigan
  • Mothra
  • Gigan v.2
  • Monster X
  • Kaiser (King) Ghidorah
timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 1 Aug 2005

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Reader comments

  1. While the Matrix crap and 80s video game score drag the movie down, there is plenty of cool left over. Just seeing Atragon back in action is enough for me.

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from Aaron on Tue 11 Apr 2006 10:22 #

  2. In the monster cast list, you forgot to include " Hedora ", The Smog Monster. To me it seems like they were missing a few mosters from past Godzilla movies like Magalon, Biollante, Space Godzilla, Destroyah, Megaguirus, Batra and maybe even King Kong, but King Kong isn't Toho property is he? Great movie though, TONS of action, real people and the ones in rubber suits LOL :) Thanx for the review Timchuma !

    Ricky

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from Ricky on Sun 18 Nov 2007 18:01 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 8.00 (2 ratings)

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