Run time: 119mins
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston
Synopsis: An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
In the most stunning CGI, the world’s most revered monster is reborn in a new epic action adventure. In this Godzilla. from director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature.
Referencing the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the more recent Indian Ocean Tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Godzilla, has a strong human narrative in an excellent screenplay by Max Borenstein from a story by David Callaham, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD.
Nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) escapes a devastating disaster at the beginning of the film which claims his wife (Juliette Binoche). The thought of a nuclear cover up obsesses him for ever after. His son, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is also haunted by the tragedy but has moved on and has a new family.
The superb ensemble also includes Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins and David Strathairn
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina, Atonement); production designer Owen Paterson (The Matrix trilogy); editor Bob Ducsay (Looper); Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel (the Lord of the Rings films). The moving score is by composer Alexandre Desplat (Argo, The King’s Speech).
After a patient build-up, the monster battles with the MUTOs are savage and breath-taking, making Godzilla a truly spectacular film.
Images courtesy of Warner Bros