Godzilla (2014) – Review

In 1999, scientists accidentally awaken an ancient nest in the Philippines, which after closer inspection, reveals a troubling sight – two large cocoons, but one of them is empty, and a path of destruction, reveals something gigantic has awoken.

Fast-forward to current day San Fransisco and Lt. Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who’s families back-story we see in the opening part of the film, is forced to travel to Japan to bail out his conspiracy-obsessed father, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), out of jail.

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Godzilla (2014).

While there however, Ford’s painful past re-surfaces when the two giant parasites awaken from their slumber, threatening mankind’s very existence. Yet could Earth’s hope of salvation come from the most unlikely of foes?

After the catastrophe of the 1998 Godzilla remake, you could forgive people’s reservations towards another big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. However, from the moment the first trailer hit our screens, excitement and buzz quickly ensued as anticipation began to grow – and now having been released, critics and movie goers alike have been quick to praise this re-telling.

With special effects that make the previous Godzilla remake look prehistoric, a new story interpretation of this world-renowned Japanese classic, and characters that drive the story forward thanks to a superb supporting cast including Elizabeth OlsenKen Watanabe, and Juliette Binoche, unknown British director Gareth Edwards has breathed new life into the world’s most famous monster – and in the process shown us that sometimes Earth’s mightiest foe can in fact be our greatest savior.