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Godzilla [2014] (2 discs)

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Director:Gareth Edwards
Writer:Max Borenstein
Composer:Alexandre Desplat
Length:123 minutes
(2 hours 3 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:70%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.


Reaction: An excellent evolution of the standard "giant monster attack" genre. The creatures are spectacular, though they could do with some more screen presence.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Gareth Edwards => Director
Max Borenstein => Writer
Alexandre Desplat => Composer
Aaron Taylor-Johnson => Ford Brody
Brian Markinson => Whelan
Bryan Cranston => Joe Brody
Carson Bolde => Sam Brody
CJ Adams => Young Ford
David Strathairn => Admiral William Stenz
Elizabeth Olsen => Elle Brody
Erik Aadahl => Godzilla (voice) (uncredited)
Garry Chalk => Stan Walsh
Hiro Kanagawa => Hayato
Jill Teed => Head Nurse
Juliette Binoche => Sandra Brody
Ken Watanabe => Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Ken Yamamura => Takashi
Larry Wegger => Admiral Wells (uncredited)
Patrick Sabongui => Lieutenant Commander Marcus Waltz
Richard T. Jones => Captain Russell Hampton
Sally Hawkins => Vivienne Graham
Ty Olsson => Jainway
Victor Rasuk => Sergeant Tre Morales

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Guillermo del Toro was seriously considered to direct, but he was busy with Pacific Rim.
  • The MUTO design was inspired by King Kong, Alien, Jurassic Park, and Starship Troopers.
  • According to Bryan Cranston, Gareth Edwards was inspired by the shark film Jaws. "The film does not immediately show the beast, but rather build up to its appearance while still delivering an eerie and terrifying off-screen presence." In homage to Jaws, the main protagonists have the name of Brody, after that film's protagonist.
  • According to Gareth Edwards, Godzilla's design is inspired by bears and Komodo dragons. In particular, his face is influenced by the heads of bears, dogs and eagles. Edwards said the eagle "has a lot of nobility. It made him feel very majestic and noble."
  • The music in the background during the HALO jump is from György Ligeti's "Requiem" which was also used in the Monolith scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Released in 2014, the original film's 60th anniversary.
  • Toho Studios provided sound designer Erik Aadahl with the original 1954 recording of Godzilla's roar. He upgraded the roar to a more organic, contemporary sound.
  • The film contains 960 visual effects shots. The 3D model of Godzilla, made up of 500,000 polygons, appears in 327 shots. Had the graphics been designed on a single computer, it would have taken 450 years to render.
  • While shooting this film, cinematographer [?] Seamus McGarvey accidentally went to a lakeside set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which was shooting nearby and looked very similar to the set for this film. He described walking around with his light meter, not recognizing anyone, as a "surreal, dreamlike experience" until he realized his mistake.
  • Godzilla was originally planned to be found preserved in a Siberian glacier. This was changed when the filmmakers saw that Man of Steel had a similar scene.
  • The United States Marine Corps declined to participate after reviewing the script. The United States Navy cooperated with production.
  • Godzilla is covered in keloid scars. The original Godzilla (1954) was heavily scarred to evoke the gruesome marks borne by the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Henry Cavill, Scoot McNairy and Caleb Landry Jones were considered for the role of Lt Brody.
  • Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lawrence, [?] Aly Michalka, [?] Imogen Poots, Margot Robbie, Emilia Clarke, and [?] Emmy Rossum were considered for the role of Elle Brody.