Godzilla 1998 PG-13 CC

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The enormous monster descends upon New York, and it's up to the Army and an odd team of investigators to unravel the mystery behind the incredible creature before it's too late.

Starring:
Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno
Runtime:
2 hours, 19 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Action
Director Roland Emmerich
Starring Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno
Supporting actors Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn, Michael Lerner, Harry Shearer, Arabella Field, Vicki Lewis, Doug Savant, Malcolm Danare, Lorry Goldman, Christian Aubert, Philippe Bergeron, Frank Bruynbroek, François Giroday, Nicholas J. Giangiulio, Robert Lesser, Ralph Manza, Greg Callahan
Studio TriStar Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

They turned Godzilla into a T-Rex from Jurassic Park.
Cagneyfan67
So I accepted that Godzilla just isn't Godzilla and watched the movie and I actually really liked it.
Jason
The acting is indeed very good and the special effects are spectacular.
Robert J. Crawford

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143 of 184 people found the following review helpful By Mojo Jojo on June 16, 2005
Format: DVD
Okay, I know this is going to be a highly disputed opinion, but I think this movie is very, very good. Great, I'd even daresay. And I am a Godzilla fan. I love the Big Guy from his early masterworks to his campy mid-period to his new thrilling outings.

Admittedly, this is not the same Godzilla. But Godzilla himself is a product of the 50s fascination with giant monsters, and this movie is really just an homage to all those old, great monster movies. Anyway, I don't see why the universe isn't big enough for two Godzillas.

A lot of fans hated this just for the idea. But Tristar had to make a new version. The old version would've flopped in America. In fact, Godzilla 2000 came out about a year later, and it did terrible. So where were those so-called fans when he really needed them? I submit that there really aren't that many Godzilla fans. There's plenty of people who claim to be, but do they really like him or these types of films? Doesn't seem like it.

Onto the movie. First there's Godzilla. He's a terrific special effect. Some people say he doesn't look real. He looks pretty darn impressive to me. Realism is a rather silly complaint when you're talking about a giant lizard running through New York.

The story is deceptively simple. You could boil it down to Army vs. Monster, but there's a creativity here that gets overlooked. The characters (all of whom are well-developed especially considering none are the real star) are all likable. Their motivations are believable. And their story arcs are solidly connected to the central conflict in a way that doesn't seem forced.

The action sequences are wonderful. I like to think of them as monstrous versions of great kung fu showdowns.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
WHAT?! That was Godzilla, the king of the monsters? HA! I'm a 11 year old Godzilla Expert. I've been waching Godzilla movies since I was in preschool,and I think I know what Godzilla is. One of the worst things about the film is that Godzilla didn't look like Godzilla at all! Emmerich made Godzilla look like the T-Rex from "Jurassic Park" (1993) with small mountains coming out of his back. He couldn't even shoot Godzilla's trademark blue death ray. And he was killed by JETS! The Japanese hit him with everything and still couldn't kill him! If Toho's Godzilla and Tristar's Godzilla fought, Toho's would kill Tristar's in 20 seconds! Only two Godzilla films are worse than this: "Godzilla's Revenge" (1969) and "Godzilla vs. Megalon" (1973). But there's an animated T.V series on FoxKids called "Godzilla: The Series" on Saturday Mornings which is way better than this. When Tristar makes the sequel, pray it's better than this. When you wanna watch the REAL GODZILLA just pop a Toho Godzilla movie into your VCR or D.V.D Player. If you wish to comment on my review E.Mail me at spankys@Earthlink.net.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger Killian on April 3, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
OK. I am a HUGE fan of Godzilla. I've loved him form an early age (as well as Gamera, but thankfully he's not been trashed er, "remade") I caught a sneak peek of the new Godzilla's form the night before it came out to the public and almost threw up. The head design is absolutely ridiculous. But I kept on and started collecting the toys from Taco Bell, gradually warming to the new form and eventually liking it. A friend later invited me to go see it, we did. It was GARBAGE. The plot? stupid. The acting? horrible. The jokes? Moronic. I went so far as to apologize to my friend as he hda payed for my ticket. People have argued that the above is all true of the old Godzilla films. But one thing was missing: Godzilla. Instead of a fanciful, fear-inspiring creature, New York is assaulted by Jay Leno the giant iguana (not to insult Mr. Leno) They try the whole heart-breaking ending bull and fail miserably. The effects, are NOT that great as happens with CGI. the monster looks horribly fake, which is odd because it is supposed to be more 'realistic' than the original G, who looks incredible in the later movies (which I highly reccomend) I think they should have just renamed the monster in this to avoid the crap they're getting over it. What basis does it have in the original? sounds more like a lack of originality. Another matter: The old fisherman or whatever says "Gojira!" Wow! they used Godzilla's Japanese name! But WAIT! They didn't research! Gojira means "whale-ape" which someone would have to be delirious, drugged, AND drunk to mistake the overgrown iguana for. Nice attempt at tribute but you failed MISERABLY guys. If you want a movie now, check out the G-Films from Godzilla 1985 on.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1999
Format: DVD
How this film was legally called Godzilla is beyond me. It should have been called "Another Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" because that's what it really was, a remake of that film not "Godzilla." Everything that made Godzilla what he was is flushed down the toilet with the awful script written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. I'm not even going to bother to recap the plot for this review, because it didn't have one. I can write an entire novel about all the plot holes and inaccuracies this film had, but unfortunately there is only a 1000 word limit. Like why did Godzilla travel many miles to lay IT'S eggs in one of the most populated cities in the world, how it constantly changed it's size etc. etc...(for more info, read Roger Eberts review.) Also, Godzilla is a monster, not an iguana on nuclear steroids. Godzilla breathed fire, alot and had a personality. This phony did not. (I'm not sure if it was fire that the phoney blew in a couple of scenes) This film was so bad, that it actually compelled Japan to bring back the original Godzilla from the dead, again, because they were so disappointed with the American version.
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