The story, for what it's worth, is true to the 1954 Japanese original: nuclear testing creates a mutant, 200-foot high lizard which rampages on a city - then, Tokyo; here, New York. Broderick is the scientist (a nuclear whizz kid dragged away from Chernobyl), Reno the mysterious Frenchman (secret service) and Pitillo the have-a-go journalist (a la Tea Leoni in Deep Impact). As for the rest of the human interest, they're mostly incompetents (Michael Lerner's mayor; Harry Shearer's vain anchorman)
Casting aside the forgettable ragbag of a cast, tiptoeing round the leaden script, and avoiding the story's many pot-holes (how come he only breathes fire twice?), Godzilla does provide plenty to look at. But that, for fear of sounding ungrateful, is all.
Reviewed by Andrew Collins
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