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The King of Monsters is back: ‘Godzilla’ review

'Godzilla' 2014
'Godzilla' 2014
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Godzilla

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Godzilla”, the King of Monsters, is back, with a fresh reboot and new look. This Godzilla is bigger than ever and ready to kick some monster butt. Bryan Cranston stars as Joe Brody, a nuclear scientist that becomes obsessed with finding out what caused the massive quake that destroyed the nuclear plant he worked at.

The film opens in 1999, but soon jumps to present day, where Joe Brody is now borderline crazy – or so everyone around him believes. Brody is desperately trying to prove that the wave activity in 1999 was too strong and does not match up to be a sudden earthquake; he is convinced that something bigger was behind it.

Brody’s obsession has driven his son, Ford, away. Joe finally convinces his son though to investigate the now restricted area where their home and nuclear plant used to be. That whole location is marked radioactive and no one is allowed inside. They both trespass so that Joe can enter their old home and retrieve old discs.

Joe and Ford are caught by authorities, but they demand answers after discovering that the restricted area is not radioactive at all. Monstrous events ensue (literally), when a massive flying creature breaks out of a cocoon. The monster is called Muto.

Muto isn’t alone; there is also a female looking to mate and carrying thousands of eggs with her. The female also just escaped from captivity at a nuclear waste area. There is only one creature that is almost as unhappy as humans that these two monsters are around, and that’s Godzilla. He emerges in an epic grand entrance roaring his famous battle cry. This scene had the entire crowd cheering at the screening I attended.

Scientists then reveal that Godzilla has been studied for ages, and is described as the alpha-predator of prehistoric creatures. He lives deep in the oceans, close to the planet’s core. The U.S. military believe that a nuclear blast is the answer, but Godzilla might actually be their only hope.

A scientific/mythological explanation for the Muto monsters is given, but it frankly doesn’t make much sense. As for Godzilla, he is there as nature’s way to restore balance, so says Ken Watanabe’s character Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza. The failed reasoning behind the monsters doesn’t matter though, all the attention and focus is on Ford and the building suspense.

From great talent to breathtaking visual effects, “Godzilla” 2014 brings the 60-year-old franchise back to life and delivers an outstanding piece of entertainment. I highly recommend IMAX tickets, and I don’t do this very often at all. “Godzilla” is sure to be a summer success, especially with a PG-13 rating that a wider audience can enjoy.