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Godzilla (2014)

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In 1999, an accident on a construction site in the Philippines unearth's a monstrous discovery and awakens another. Not long after this discovery, an engineer (Joe Brody) at a Japanese nuclear power plant detects seismic activity which could threaten the safety of the plant and the surrounding town. Before Joe is able to launch an official investigation, unknown forces rupture the reactor, leading to the decimation of the plant and to the death of his wife. Years after the disaster, Joe may have finally found the truth about the disaster and the death of his wife. With the help of his son, Ford, Joe discovers a truth beyond anything that he could have imagined, one which may lead to the destruction of human civilization, beneath the feet of ancient monsters.

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Once again, the king of all monsters is reintroduced to a new generation of monster movie fans. Directed by Gareth Edwards, director of the critically acclaimed "Monsters," "Godzilla" makes himself known and heard. Throwing away the reimagined caricature, presented by the 1998 reboot of the franchise monster, we are reintroduced to an updated, but classic fire breathing protector. Unlike its progenitor, but like the 1998 reboot, Godzilla is a CG character of mammoth proportions, as are his adversaries. The film overflows with visual and creature effects, which seamlessly accompany the live action performances and effects. Edwards wisely maintains a sense of mystery, leaving the audience as expectant as the characters in the film. Alongside the CG super stars, "Godzilla" features some of the industry's most talented actors, like Bryan Cranston (Joe), David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ichiro Serizawa), and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Ford Brody; aka Kick-Ass). Leaving the one liners and romantic subplots out this time, the latest battle for a world in crisis roars into theaters and ignites with the fury of the monster of all monsters. Whether you're a fan of Cranston, Taylor-Johnson, movie monsters, or visual effects, Godzilla is overflowing with them all, with just enough blue fire to set your mind ablaze.

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