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Gaaaaaaaargh! The guy in the rubber suit is back with a vengeance. Godzilla's back in the nurturing hands of Toho Studios, and they've beefed up the big beast with more highly developed spinal fins, resembling large crystals, and more menacing teeth. But he's the same guy in the rubber suit who smashes Tokyo's buildings and cars and dukes it out in larger-than-life smackdowns with the universe's monstrous villains. The plot is familiar to anyone who was a 12-year-old boy: Godzilla erupts from the sea for reasons that are never made clear, proceeds to wreak havoc amongst the buildings of a model city, and meets and beats a monster his own size, thus saving humanity. His nemesis this time around is a 600-foot-long rock that scientists find at the bottom of the ocean and unwisely bring to the surface, where it proves to be an alien spacecraft bent on acquiring Godzilla's regenerative abilities. "A visitor from outer space?" exclaims one of the scientists, "My god, it's just too crazy to believe!" To which the lead scientist responds, "Right, like Godzilla's normal. Anyway, it's my theory that..."

The film is thoroughly entertaining, and not just for the breathtaking sequences of destruction that follow Godzilla's emergence and his battles with the alien space monster. These do have a preternatural beauty. But the human story, if you can call it that, holds your interest due to the shear preponderance of improbabilities it generates. You laugh at the "mistakes"--assuming they weren't planted there as amiable self-deprecation. --Jim Gay

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CastTakehiro Murata, Shiro Sano, Hiroshi Abe, Naomi Nishida, Mayu Suzuki
DirectorTakao Okawara
Screen WriterHiroshi Kashiwabara, Wataru Mimura, Michael Schlesinger
DVD Release Date:  December 26, 2000
Runtime:  99 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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review by . July 19, 2013
posted in ASIANatomy
When I was a kid I was a huge fan of Godzilla movies. I have very fond memories of making my parents take me to Blockbuster and picking out one of his many films on VHS. I saw just about all of them that were out at the time, from my favorites Godzilla VS King Ghidora and Godzilla VS Gigan to the not so great Godzilla VS The Sea Monster and Godzilla VS Mecha Godzilla. I think, up to Godzilla 2000, there were only one or two of his films that I hadn't seen. Needless to say the big G man holds …
review by . April 27, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
Godzilla is one of those shamelessly bad movies is still quite hilarious. Beyond the incredulous script (Godzilla is a hundred feet tall; why can no one find him?), the stupid slap-stick jokes, the big rubber suit trampling miniature buildings and fighting a UFO, there's really nothing to it. The characters are ultra flat, the dialogue is retarded, and the special effects are embarrassing.But that's really not the point, is it? So long as it's not taken seriously, the movie is really quite fun. …
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