Film review: Godzilla - Mind mulch has rarely been this entertaining
SO this is why they call them blockbusters. It could be said that he's better known for putting the "big" into "big in Japan," but director Gareth Edward's spectacular interpretation of Godzilla sees this block-busting behemoth expanding his global reach to the Bay Area of San Francisco and other points.
Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, the action commences in Japan circa 1999 where bizarre seismic activity at a nuclear facility causes a massive nuclear meltdown. The facility's chief engineer Joe Brody (Cranston) loses his wife in the aftermath and believes there was a cover-up to conceal the true source of the "earthquake."
Fifteen years on, Brody hasn't changed his tune, but friends and family have come to regard his sinister suspicions as the paranoid ramblings of a crank. When he's arrested for trespassing on the still restricted site of the original meltdown, his son, US navy bomb disposal ace Fort Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), travels to Japan to bail him out. His father has noticed a repeat of the same seismic activity that led to the original explosion, and faster than you can say move over King Kong, supersized monsters named MUTOS (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) are on the loose and no global population centre is safe from being unceremoniously pancaked.
So who we gonna call? Godzilla of course, an even bigger MUTO. Can this unjolly green giant save mankind from these airborne agents of the apocalypse? The answer is yes, but the collateral damage is truly catastrophic.
Terrific 3D special effects, a strong cast and a decent script combine to create an experience that is guaranteed to give disaster movie diehards a memorable bang for their buck. The patronising and predictable pro-Green movement/ anti-nuclear subtext grates a little but this is but a minor quibble and doesn't distract from a spectacle that delivers in terms of wow factor.
It's unadulterated mind-mulch of course but unadulterated mind-mulch has rarely been this entertaining. Just add popcorn.
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