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Godzilla (1998)

  Starring: Hank Azaria, Matthew Broderick, Maria Pitillo, Jean Reno
Links: Godzilla on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 3.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Godzilla (1998) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).

"All action, no substance" - a review by pearly

This movie is the perfect example of a Hollywood blockbuster. The story begins in the South Pacific ocean, where a ship is pulled under water by a mysterious force. The only survivor has only one thing to say about the whole thing: "Godzilla". So, our hero Niko (Matthew Broderick) is rushed from Chernobyl, where he is investigating giant worms, to New York City, where Godzilla has come to nest.

What follows is scene after scene of madness and mayhem, where the storyline plays second fiddle (actually, I don't even know whether it's that high) to the incredibly high dosage of special effects. Plenty of large lizard city destruction, and heaps of helicopters and missiles.

Watching this movie in 2002 gives it an interesting side which it would not have had when it was made. There are many references to this being the biggest evacuation of New York City in history, and it's not possible to watch without thinking of the events of September 11th 2001. Other than that, this movie has absolutely no basis in reality.

Every single person going in to watch this film knows how it will end. Aside from slights twists along the way, there is no doubt that the humans will win out over the monsters. So, what I don't understand is the huge fascination with films of this type. They have to entirely rely on effects, because no matter how many times the lead characters manage to escape Godzilla's clutches, we all know what's going to happen. Watching this movie is like reading a book that you've already read a hundred times. And it's not even a very good book.

pearly gives this movie 3 out of 10.
Review created on Sat 15 Jun 2002

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