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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Matthew Broderick
Jean Reno
Maria Pitillo
Directors
Roland Emmerich
Screenwriters
Dean Devlin
Roland Emmerich
Running Time
139 minutes

Godzilla
Big. Expensive. Over-hyped.


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Plot
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)


Verdict
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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