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Godzilla (1998)

Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Roland Emmerich

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So at last it comes to this.

  • Nov 17, 2007
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 made the mistake of going to see this awful film in a theatre. I went with my mom, which is usually a very pleasant and enjoyable experience, as she loves the movies as much as I do. In this case not only did the movie deprive us of money and a couple hours of our lives, it also deprived me of a pleasant evening of movie watching with my mum.

Evil bastard movie.

There is absolutely nothing positive I can say about this movie. It's even worse than Stargate (Ultimate Edition) and Independence Day [Award Series], which is saying something, because those were pretty terrible movies.

In this film the plot is missing, presumed dead. The actors are all obviously performing as though they're dead. The film takes place mostly in the dark and rain (all the better to hide mediocre special effects). Some of the best scenes are obviously ripped from other, better movies. The government and military are portrayed as complete idiots. I could go on. But why bother? I'll let Roger Ebert do it for me in the first bit of his review from the movie (available at rogerebert.com):

"Going to see "Godzilla" at the Palais of the Cannes Film Festival is like attending a satanic ritual in St. Peter's Basilica. It's a rebuke to the faith that the building represents. Cannes touchingly adheres to a belief that film can be intelligent, moving and grand. "Godzilla" is a big, ugly, ungainly device to give teenagers the impression they are seeing a movie. It was the festival's closing film, coming at the end like the horses in a parade, perhaps for the same reason."

The memories of this movie will sear themselves into your soul and you will never be able to dislodge them.

Avoid this movie like you would avoid, say, toys made in Leadtown, China.

If you have a choice between a root canal and this movie, go to the dentist.

If held at gunpoint and given the choice of watching this movie or death, then make your peace with god, because watching this movie will be a glimpse into hell.

In case you haven't gathered, I didn't much care for the film. :)

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December 14, 2010
me neither. Give me the Japanese rubber suit than this CGI lizard anytime! Have you seen "Godzilla 2000"? It showed the Japanese version rip apart this American monster...so cool!
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Quick Tip by . May 21, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
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 . 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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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 ...
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Director: Roland Emmerich
DVD Release Date: November 3, 1998
Runtime: 139 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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