A cause unknown, an accident has occurred in the tunnels of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line, causing an emergency cabinet meeting to convene. Immediately afterwards, a huge creature appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. The mysterious giant organism named “Godzilla”.
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Despite a turgid pace at times, "Shin Godzilla" remains one of 2016's great popcorn movie pleasures thanks to the way "Evangelion" creator Hideaki Anno is able to emphasize black comedy at the expense of government bureaucracy - while still striking a solemn enough tone that when the King of the Monsters finally does go nuclear, it's as sobering and horrific a sight as we've seen in Godzilla's entire history.
Sort of ashamed to say I slept through some of Godzilla Resurgence. The obscene amount of subtitles & 4 hours sleep took a 45 minute chunk from the middle for me. The modern update was smart as was the redesign & evolutionary approach to Godzilla himself was very clever. However the West Wing approach & total lack of emotion made this a somewhat dull & very weird watch. But definitely looking forward to a 2nd watch.
Anno and Higuchi have rebooted the series with a fair amount of reverence and intelligence in imagining how the Japanese government would handle the appearance of Gojira in modern day. Having said that this is a film more about bureaucracy than monsters with endless meetings and discussions and very little mayhem. On the plus side is a reimagined Gojira look and better effects (save the initial creature design).
I always feel nausea when I see Japanese contemporary cinema which has background about WWⅡ because It always depicts "Japan is victim of war." Surely Hiroshima & Nagasaki is devastatingly suffered by atomic bomb, but also Japan commited brutal war crimes & killed countless persons. I think Japan has no sense of war criminal & this movie reflects that. For me, this is Japanese way of masturbation. Truly disgusting.
A post Fukushima monster movie. The memory of the disaster is still fresh on our minds and that makes the film even more gripping and... real.
An eco-political monster movie, highly entertaining all the same with its black humour at the expense of the incompetent Abe administration.
Quite interestingly, music from older Godzilla movies were used, to the greatest effect.
It's painful to realize that in 2017, the allusion and theme in Shin Godzilla is getting closer to reality. Could the world eradicate a nuclear threat? or it's like the movie said: 'just suspended the countdown'.
saw it twice, months and months ago. the multiple forms of its development were really neat! and the scene with the bombers was really sick. would definitely watch a sequel. it's directed by anno, so i'm really surprised it's so coherent.