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As "gigantic monster reptile attacks New York" movies go, you've got to admit thatGodzilladelivers the goods, although its critical drubbing and box-office disappointment were arguably deserved. It's a shameless, uninspired crowd pleaser that's content to serve up familiar action with the advantage of really fantastic special effects, and if you expect nothing more you'll be one among millions of satisfied customers. There's really no other way to approach it--you just have to accept the fact thatIndependence Daycreators Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin are unapologetic plagiarists, incapable of anything more than mindless spectacle that can play in any cinema in the world without dubbing or subtitles. The whole movie plays out like a series of highlights stolen from previous blockbusters of the 1990s; it's little more than a rehash of theJurassic Parkmovies. The derivative script is so trivial that it's unworthy of comment, apart from a few choice laughs and the casting of Michael Lerner as New York's mayor, whose name is Ebert and who closely resembles a certain well-known movie critic. Perhaps that's a clever hint that this movie's essentially critic-proof. It's stupid but it's fun, and for most audiences that's a fitting definition of mainstream Hollywood entertainment. The widescreen Special Edition DVD includes a wealth of bonus materials--audio commentary by the film's special effects supervisors, a "making of" featurette, the Wallflowers' music video "Heroes," a photo gallery, and a variety of features related to this and all the classicGodzillafilms from Japan.--Jeff Shannon
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CastHank Azaria, Matthew Broderick, Maria Pitillo, Jean Reno, Kevin Dunn
DirectorRoland Emmerich
Screen WriterDean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
DVD Release Date:  November 3, 1998
Runtime:  139 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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Quick Tip by . May 21, 2012
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Yuck.  As someone who enjoyed the Godzilla movies a lot when I was younger (even if a lot of them seem rather cheesy as an adult), this movie is a total disgrace to the Godzilla name.  Roland Emmerich totally changed up Godzilla for the worst in this movie (he gets killed by conventional military weapons, which everyone knows NEVER kill Godzilla), and it doesn't help that the story and acting totally suck.      Watching this movie once at the age of ten was way, …
review by . November 17, 2007
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There's been worse movies than the American version of "Godzilla". I haven't seen any, mind you, but I've heard of them. Manos, the Hands of Fate, "Plan Nine From Outter Space", and Catwoman (Widescreen Edition) are all alleged to be pretty hideous. Most anything put out by Michael Bay is awful. The less said about Batman & Robin (which I have actually seen), the better.    But there's a special place in my heart for this movie. A deep, dark, unpleasant place. You see, I actually …
review by . July 16, 2003
Emmerich and Devlin's take on everybody's favorite radioactive lizard is just fine. "Godzilla" kills a little bit of your time and lets you forget about all those bills you owe and how tall that grass is getting outside. Watch it with a bowl of popcorn and expect the expected: A huge lizard rampages through the Big Apple and tears up a few boats along the way. There isn't much else you can do with a "Godzilla" flick unless you throw in a great villain like Mothra. I liked the idea of a pregnant …
review by . October 20, 2002
I have a feeling that Godzilla is going to fall into the same camp of "cinema non grata" as ID4, for films is based in Manhattan which revel in the spectular demolition of iconic buildings are going to be in questionable taste for some time yet, even if released well before September 2001. In this case we even have a self-agrandising mayor, a pending election campaign and frequent references to "ground zero" (in this case the monster's lair).But they're the only points of interest in this very silly …
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