Monday, 28 October 2013

Godzilla (1998) Review


Release Date: 11th June 1998 - Australia

Production Companies
TriStar Pictures
Toho Film Co. Ltd
Fried Films
Centropolis Film Productions
Independent Pictures

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 139 minutes

Budget: $130,000,000

Box Office Gross: $379,014,294

Plot Summary
Following the French 
atomic bomb tests in 
the South Pacific, an 
unknown creature 
is spotted passing-
westward through the 
Panama Canal. 
Scientist Niko 
Tatopolous is called 
in to investigate the 
matter, and he quickly 
arrives at the conclusion 
that a giant, irradiated 
lizard has been created 
by the explosions. 
Godzilla(r) then makes 
its way north, landing 
at Manhattan to begin 
wreaking havoc in the 
big city. Even with the 
combined forces of the 
U.S. military to fight 
the monster, will it be 
enough to save the 
people of New York?

Matthew Broderick - Dr. Niko
"Nick" Tatopoulos
Jean Reno - Philippe Roache
Maria Pitillo - Audrey Timmonds
Hank Azaria - Victor "Animal"
Kevin Dunn - Colonel Hicks
Michael Lerner - Mayor Ebert
Harry Shearer - Charles Caiman
Frank Welker - Godzilla (Voice)
Arabella Field - Lucy Palotti
Vicki Lewis - Dr. Elsie Chapman
Doug Savant - Sergeant O'Neal
Malcolm Danare - Dr. Mendel Craven

Story/Screenplay/Executive Producer/
Director - Roland Emmerich
Story/Screenplay/Producer - Dean Devlin
Original Story - Ted Elliott and
Terry Rossio
Co-Producers - Kelly Van Horn and
Peter Winther
Production Designer - Oliver Scholl
Cinematography - Ueli Steiger
Godzilla Designer and Supervisor -
Patrick Tatopoulos
Visual Effects Supervisor - Volker Engel
Film Editors - Peter Amundson and
David Siegel
Music - David Arnold and Michael Lloyd

I never watched any of the classic and old Godzilla movies except this one. Roland Emmerich's version is not just bad and more to say, it's therefore at its lowest acclaim of a movie that cleverly has to have it checked. Sure the design of the monster is in particular of interest, but the rest of the feature taking off Spielberg's two movies of JURASSIC PARK (click here) and THE LOST WORLD (click here) is not a joke. Badly-written humour and some choice of actors like Matthew Broderick and Hank Azaria being miscast aren't the only ones that weaken the film. The moments of the movie are simply nauseous and makes you want to get out of your head. Jean Reno seems to be the only actor to be accurate to play a French general and also probably he's the only one in this unspectacular dud.

Used to see the feature a long while back in the ages, for now GODZILLA is just an atrocious and mindless abomination that isn't wanted by anybody. So much in disappointment of director did not use the old movies faithful material to make the 1998 interpretation. Now remember, don't see this one at home or your own mates and just wait for the reboot till' it comes out next year.

Star rating: (2/5) Bad Movie

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