Details: (PG), 138 mins, United States, English
Synopsis: Following a series of French nuclear tests in the Pacific Ocean, an unknown creature is spotted passing eastward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York?
Nuclear testing awakens the green behemoth in New York.
In the early 50s, when Hollywood was making films like Them and Tarantula, in which creatures were turned into giants because of nuclear testing, the Toho Company of Japan produced Gojira, about a giant lizard which wreaked havoc on Tokyo. An American distributor bought the film, dubbed it, re-titled it Godzilla, and inserted Raymond Burr to make it more accessible to American audiences. The much-heralded new Godzilla is not much of an advance on the earlier one. The big lizard looks like a refugee from Jurassic Park, his offspring have strayed in from Aliens, and the humans are a terribly insipid bunch of no-hopers... There`s one effective scene in which Big G tramps through New York causing mass destruction with every flick of his scaly tail, but it`s followed by a truly banal moment in which the impossible romantic duo of Matthew Broderick and Maria Pitillo engage in small talk without a mention of all the devastation. Jean Reno, as a French secret service agent trying to atone for his country`s nuclear testing in the Pacific - testing which created the creature - provides a little jaded Gallic charm. But what a fizzer.
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