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Make way for the ultimate homage to one of the most enduring legends of the big screen—Godzilla! The King of the Monsters is back in Tokyo for a city-crushing crusade that speaks to the very roots of the world-renowned franchise.
It’s a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different… something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side—the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes.
"Shin Godzilla" isn't your typical Hollywood fare and thank goodness for that. What it is though is a satire about the Japanese government. In light of the events in 2011 and the nuclear disaster the film exposes how poorly prepared the government was for such devastating events. The only difference between real life and the movie is that the government has to deal with Godzilla instead of a real life disaster.
So the first half of the two-hour movie spends a lot of its time dealing with government meetings and then more meetings as no one seems to know who should be making the decisions and a lot of finger pointing is going on. For that reason I think the film will be more liked in Japan as apposed to any other country because of the sulture but somewhere around the hour mark things start to pick and there is a sequence of events involving Godzilla that will have you at the edge of your seat and in awe of his greatness as he blows your mind.
The film does pick about from there and even though there isn't a ton of Godzilla action I was more than satisfied with what I got. Hell I was happy to just have the original King back on screen even thought he has changed a bit but to me it was for the better. I love the new design, he looks awesome and he can really bring the carnage. "Shin Godzilla" is having a Limited U.S. Release from October 11th to the 18th. To find out where you can catch it visit the Official web site HERE.
I have to admit for the first 45 minutes or so I was a little worried but once it got to the hour mark and Godzilla was unleashed in full glory it became a much better film and remained as such all the way to the end.
Also one FYI, there are no other monsters in the film. It is just Godzilla versus Japan but don't let that get in the way of checking the film out. "Shin Godzilla" is king-sized fun, if you are a life time fan then you need to get out and see the reincarnation on the big screen.
Released by Funimation
**** Out Of *****