Just for your information, Godzilla is originally comes from Toho, Japan. It is firstly appeared in 1954 through the film titled Godzilla. Since then, this giant monster grow its popularity throughout the world. The monster are featured in various media such as comic, novel, or video games. Not to mention 29 films from Toho and 3 Hollywood adaptations. So far, I think the Godzilla (2014) is the best. Directed by Gareth Edwards, Godzilla is the “good guy”, stopping other evil Kaiju from hurting innocent people. The film got positive reviews, Rotten Tomatoes gave it 74% which means “OK to watch” but it generates $529.1 million worldwide. So, it is not odd when Toho wants to repeat the success by their own. The result the new Godzilla franchise film originally from the initial creator, Godzilla Resurgence.
The story starts when Japan coast guard discovered an abandoned yacht in Tokyo Bay. The situation becomes more bizarre when the unknown red water erupts the Bay. After that, a mysterious and extremely large creature in that bay. Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Rando Yaguchi, convince the Prime Minister that that is just the tail of the monster. Parliament dismissed his theory and enforce the Japanese Prime Minister to calm public down. However, a massive aquatic creature suddenly appears and moves to Tokyo via the river. The situation becomes more chaotic when the creature evolves into a red-skinned, T-Rex-like creature that destruct everything. Government take action to evacuate as many people as possible, rather than mobilize military force to take it down. In the same time, the official asks Yaguchi to fully focus on researching that creature.
The researchers identify that monster emit high level radiation. Because of that, they start to think that the monster is the result of radioactive contamination happen in Tokyo Bay long time ago. During the research, White House sends Special Envoy, named Kayoko Ann Patterson, to meet Yaguchi. She reveals US top secret document regarding that monster. She calls it Godzilla and Japan Zoologist, professor Goro Maki, may have the key to stop that. In the same time, Prime Minister commands Japanese Self Defense Forces to attack but it failed. Instead, Godzilla destroys major part of Tokyo, along with both the US bombers and helicopters. Under pressure of Japan extinction, Yaguchi’s team discovers that Godzilla’s self-cooling system is not well-developed. So, the team provoke Godzilla to deplete its radiation breath. That plan will give the team enough time to inject enough coagulant to freeze that monster once and for all.
When I watch the film for the first time, I say “What? the CGI hurt my eyes!” Honestly, I do not like the visual. People may be happy to see a giant puppet monster that crazily destroy a city. In the outside of theater, I hear people saying like this; “this is the Godzilla I wanted to watch. I can feel my childhood is back.” Seriously? Godzilla may be classic film, but still, I do not like a film like that. The story is also boring. The premise should be breathtaking, but there are too many talks I have to follow. It is more about complicated politic decision rather than heroism matter. So, when It got 87% from Rotten Tomatoes, I really disagree with that.
Producers: Minami Ichikawa, Taichi Ueda, Yoshihiro Sato, Masaya Shibusawa, Kazutoshi Wadakura
Directors : Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Writers : Hideaki Anno
Starring : Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Kimiko Yo, Ren Osugi, Akira Emoto, Mikako Ichikawa, Shinya Tsukamoto, Satoru Matsuo