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Godzilla
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston




Overview -
The king of all monsters returns in this Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production helmed by Gareth Edwards (MONSTERS). As the story opens in Japan, we find dedicated nuclear power-plant manager Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) so caught up in his work that he forgets it's his birthday. Sending his young son Ford off to school before reporting to the plant with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche), who works in the reactor, Joe begins to suspect that some suspiciously patterned seismic activity may be something more sinister than shifting tectonic plates He's right, too, because when the plant goes into meltdown mode and Sandra gets caught on the wrong side of the containment door, a massive cover-up ensues. Fifteen years later, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has become a bomb-disposal expert in the U.S. military. He's just returned home to his wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and their son Sam (Carson Bolde) when he gets word that Joe been arrested in Japan. Long estranged from his father, who was written off as a conspiracy theorist for his failed efforts to prove the Japanese government was attempting to hide something about the earlier disaster, Ford nevertheless ventures to Japan to get him out of jail, and reluctantly agrees to join him in traveling to their old home in the quarantined zone. Subsequently taken into custody, the pair end up in the very plant where Joe used to work, and where scientists Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) are studying a massive cocoon-like structure that appears to feed on radiation. The situation turns critical when the events of the present begin to mirror those of the past, and a terrifying winged-creature dubbed a "MUTO" is unleashed. Meanwhile, as the military attempts to devise a plan to destroy the beast, signals indicate that it had been calling out to something before it broke free, and the scientists learn that it has awoken a towering, godlike leviathan that has lied dormant for centuries, and may be mankind's only hope for restoring the balance of nature.

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Overview

The king of all monsters returns in this Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production helmed by Gareth Edwards (MONSTERS). As the story opens in Japan, we find dedicated nuclear power-plant manager Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) so caught up in his work that he forgets it's his birthday. Sending his young son Ford off to school before reporting to the plant with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche), who works in the reactor, Joe begins to suspect that some suspiciously patterned seismic activity may be something more sinister than shifting tectonic plates He's right, too, because when the plant goes into meltdown mode and Sandra gets caught on the wrong side of the containment door, a massive cover-up ensues. Fifteen years later, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has become a bomb-disposal expert in the U.S. military. He's just returned home to his wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and their son Sam (Carson Bolde) when he gets word that Joe been arrested in Japan. Long estranged from his father, who was written off as a conspiracy theorist for his failed efforts to prove the Japanese government was attempting to hide something about the earlier disaster, Ford nevertheless ventures to Japan to get him out of jail, and reluctantly agrees to join him in traveling to their old home in the quarantined zone. Subsequently taken into custody, the pair end up in the very plant where Joe used to work, and where scientists Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) are studying a massive cocoon-like structure that appears to feed on radiation. The situation turns critical when the events of the present begin to mirror those of the past, and a terrifying winged-creature dubbed a "MUTO" is unleashed. Meanwhile, as the military attempts to devise a plan to destroy the beast, signals indicate that it had been calling out to something before it broke free, and the scientists learn that it has awoken a towering, godlike leviathan that has lied dormant for centuries, and may be mankind's only hope for restoring the balance of nature.

Main Cast & Crew

Gareth Edwards - Director
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Bryan Cranston
Elizabeth Olsen
David Strathairn
Juliette Binoche
Ken Watanabe
Sally Hawkins
Richard T. Jones
Victor Rasuk
Carson Bolde

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 123
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929388493
  • Genre: Action
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence)
  • Release Date: September 2014

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Reviews:
3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]here’s some pretty impressive CGI monster destruction here, and the talented English director Gareth Edwards clearly respects the thought-provoking sci-fi roots of the original." - 05/14/2014 Chicago Sun-Times


"[The] titular leviathan is a majestic beast indeed....British director Gareth Edwards wisely builds dramatic tension by letting the story unfold at a stately pace..." - 05/16/2014 USA Today


"GODZILLA actually shows us its monsters without a scrim of rain and a cloak of darkness. And the thrill of the film is getting the chance to fetishize their sheer size and physicality as they rip through power lines and demolish buildings with their lashing tails." - 05/14/2014 Entertainment Weekly


"The new Godzilla, best seen in 3D IMAX to revel in his textured scales, his heaving gills, his deafening digital roar, is a rock star, the effing real deal in FX monster cool." - 05/15/2014 Rolling Stone


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Like the 1954 original, it's a combination epic horror film and parable of nature in revolt, filled with odd ellipses and surprising but appropriate storytelling choices..." - 05/15/2014 RogerEbert.com


4 stars out of 5 -- "When the beast is finally unleashed, the set-pieces are worth savouring." - 05/10/2014 Total Film


"Godzilla himself is a marvel of state-of-the-art craftsmanship, looking bigger and bulkier than he ever has before and shaking the whole theater with his timeless, metallic bellow." -- Grade: B+ - 05/13/2014 A.V. Club


"Superbly made....This new GODZILLA is smart, self-aware, eye-popping..." - 05/11/2014 Hollywood Reporter


"[T]he creature effects are terrific, using phosphorescent accents -- glowing gold for the MUTOs, blue fire for Godzilla -- to make the monsters look even more menacing after dark." - 05/10/2014 Variety


"Edwards is good at the extended tease." - 05/14/2014 Film Comment

 

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