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Godzilla
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2008
This truly is GINO(Godzilla in name only).

Gone is the fear of nuclear holocaust, gone the fear of the unstoppable force of nature known as Gojira(Godzilla). Gone is the giant who is indifferent to the weapons of man. Gone is the terriying atomic|nuclear ray.
Replaced is a giant iguana that eats fish and runs away alot. The military is portrayed as morons, too many inconsistencies:
Can't lock on to him because he is cold...HUH? Even slugs give off body heat.
Mayor barking out orders, the mayor would have no say since the city would be under marshall law.
It is pregnant? Godzilla is supposed to be unique.
You did not have that sense of fear or dread and drama, just mindless CGI.
For a good chunk of the film little raptpor ripoffs are running around.
Isn't this a giant monster flick???
Obvious alien and Jurassic Park ripoffs.

People can make fun of the man in suite, this Godzilla looked like Gumby. He looked like playstation graphics in some scenes moved super fast, like it is rushed off the screen. No fluid movement. CGI is hit or miss.
Its gets lost in NY?? In a city of millions?? He burrows???
Acting was hammed up, most of the actors were Simpsons voices. Ay Caramba!

Godzilla had no presense, it was just a scared creature running away alot.
Godzilla v Hedorah was superior to this, least he put up a fight.
If you want a good monster flick that is an edge of your seat movie I strongly recommend getting a copy of Cloverfield when that comes out.
Audrey Timmonds was correct ITS GOJIRA YOU MORONS. This is not Godzilla.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 1999
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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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2003
This movie is a disgrace to the Godzilla name. I was so stoked when I saw the first preview of it. but it turned out the preview was the best thing about the movie. Essentially, the filmmakers took all that was appealing about Godzilla in the first place (i.e. near-indestructibility, godlike-fearsomeness, radioactive breath) and chucked it out the window in favor of a more "modern" approach. Which may have looked great on paper, and even in film clips, but all the special effects in the world can't disguise the fact that the filmmakers TURNED GODZILLA INTO A GIANT CHICKEN!!!!!!! I mean, for crying out loud, he does nothing but run away for most of the time he's on camera. He is not threatening, he is not fearsome, and he certainly does not evoke the spirit of the Godzilla of old. I sure didn't give a damn about what happened to any of the characters in the film, as their reactions were more like riding a roller coaster that if a fearsome monster were about to devour them. The filmmakers had to attempt to inject a little more menace by introducing a ludicrous plot about the big-G being an egg-producing machine, I suppose to bring the horror to a more "personal" level, but all they ended up doing was ripping off Jurassic Park. And the ending was a travesty. C'mon, the Godzilla I know would have knocked those jet fighters right out of the sky and dared the millitary to send more! Sadly, this isn't the Godzilla I knew and loved, but a coporate lackey whom was altered in an attempt to please the majority of the movie-going public. This could have easily been the G-movie to end all G-movies. Sadly, Godzilla will have to work long and hard to erase those images of him running pell-mell through the city to escape the threat of helicopters a fraction of his size. A giant chicken indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 1999
I can't seem to find the VHS version of Godzilla on amazon, so I'll review the DVD. Godzilla is the worst monster movie I have seen in a LONG time. Matthew Broderick and his fellow castmembers are literally painful to watch (particularly Broderick, as he once again plays the unbearable "nice-guy" that he always seems to be) all except Jean Reno, who's French secret agent is perfect. Him aside, it's all drivel. Okay, Godzilla himself is great, but like Star Wars and many other films, Godzilla is a style-over-content movie. The plot is feeble. The characters are one-dimensional. The music is weak. The script is awful. The dialogue is rotten. Almost everything about it makes you want to feed Roland Emmerich to his own creation. Give me Independance Day any day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 1999
This is one of the worst movies i have seen.Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin have made good movies like "Stargate" and "Independence day" but this almost made me sleep.It has the worst acting iv'e ever seen and the humor doesn't make you laugh.Godzilla itself looks like the T-Rex from Jurassic Park and when they find Godzillas nest it's directly ripped from aliens(Except the eggs are bigger).The little godzillas are also from Jurassic Park and so is the car chase.But the biggest mistake is to make Godzilla so damn weak:The original Godzilla zould be shot at half of the movie by a whole army and still it could destroy the whole Tokyo,but for this new Godzilla you just need a few missiles to kill it.What was the point in making this movie.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2000
If I could give this movie a rating of 0 stars, I would. Boy was I dissapointed. The trailers were awesome, I thought this would be all the fun of the cheesy Japenese movies and all of the glittering special effects of Hollywood rolled into 1 fun package. Unfortunately, the writing wasn't so much a script as it was a collection of one-liners and cliches stolen from other movies, the "love" scenes and others were so strained it was clear even the actors weren't into it, and the effects seemed like someone had lifted all the footage from Jurassic park and ran it through a bumpy skin filter.
If you are a godzilla fan like me, I recommend catching the trailer and passing on the actual movie.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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. G-1985 has superb acting, a great plot, edge-of-your-seat tension and drama, incredible action, and most of all, the REAL Godzilla, atomic-breath and all. If you want to see Godzilla in the theaters, wait for Godzilla 2000 which is a Toho-made G-film, released in Japan in December and scheduled for release in the US in the summer of 2000. He IS redesigned but sticks to his roots (he's green now, has a flatter head more spectacular and irregular spikes) *stands down from his soapbox*
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2000
I have always been what you might call an average fan of the Godzilla movies. Most of them I could sit through and enjoy, two or three of them I could not. I was really looking forward to this new american version because I really enjoy big budget summer blockbusters (for the most part). I never would have dreamed that Hollywood could have failed to this extent! I knew we were in trouble when I first heard that Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich were hired to make this film. It has become apparent to me that each time this duo makes a film, they put less and less effort into it! Stargate was really great. When everybody said it would flop, they suprised thier critics with a hit. So, while enjoying their success, they went down to Mexico to write the script for ID4. I believe the too few weeks that were spent on this script has to be the quickest writing feat since Ed Wood Jr.'s no brain efforts! Hollywood was all to quick to accept this lame duck. Luckily for them, they had a huge hit (credit goes to the marketing campaign more than anyone else). I don't know who was responsible for going after this duo for Godzilla, but I suspect that they are kicking themselves to this day. That descision has single-handedly ruined the opportunity for a very successful franchise. The script must have been written over night. I suspect that the casting didn't take that much longer! The acting is horrible and the special effects were un-inspired. They took everything which made Godzilla so cool and scrapped it in favor of a stupidly designed, giant iguana with no special powers other than size (which ironically turned out not to matter). This version of Godzilla has sent me running back to the originals. I then discovered the new 1990's Godzilla movies. These are everything that the Tri-Star movie should have been. Don't count on a sequel to this utter garbage because the rights have went back to Toho Studios in Japan! Godzilla 2000 will blow this bad memory away! By the way, has anyone noticed that there is no way that Godzilla (due to his size) could have been carrying around that many giant eggs? All of them simply would'nt fit! Hmmm...............
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2014
Seriously, this is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Right up there with Sphere. I mean even if you didn't treat this movie as a Godzilla movie, and just some stand along monster movie the jokes and the overly played out action scenes, even in 1998, are just bad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 1999
I think it was a mockery of the first godzilla. If they make another one I know a few people who will not see it.
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