Though he was raised on a steady diet of independent-minded German filmmakers like Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders, director Roland Emmerich aspired early in his career to make blockbuster Hollywood movies. After making a name for himself by helming “The Noah’s Ark Principle” (1981), the most expensive student film ever made in Germany, Emmerich crossed the Atlantic Ocean to make mainstream studio films. His first, “Universal Soldier” (1992), was an unexpected hit, which paved the way for him to direct his pet project, “Stargate” (1994). Along with writing and producing partner, Dean Devlin, Emmerich established himself as a resourceful sci-fi specialist who earned a reputation for meticulous preparation and remarkable cost-efficiency. Emmerich launched himself to the top of the Hollywood food chain with “Independence Day” (1996), a big, loud, sci-fi film that was long on computer-generated special effects but short on narrative and character development. Despite the campy… read more
It's hard to say just where this monstrosity went so horribly, horribly wrong. From the uneven tone to the completely scattershot plot to the 2nd half of the film which turns into some sort of bizarre JURASSIC PARK ripoff, Roland Emmerich's Americanized GODZILLA is a disaster of epic proportions. Greeted with great critical derision upon its release, it is perhaps even worse in retrospect.