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Godzilla

  • Thank goodness its not male!

Size, they say, matters - especially when it comes to hype and marketing budgets. Godzilla is the American version of a string of Japanes monster flicks, which has the monster lizard terrorising and flattening various cities. Naturally our handsome hero and his pretty sidekick get to save humanity from a terrible death. Expect GREAT special effects...


140 minutes, Parental Guidance under 13
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Credits
Cast
Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn
Director
Roland Emmerich
ScreenplayTed Elliott, Terry Rossio, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
MusicDavid Arnold
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackSony
Made in1998
Produced byTriStar Pictures, Fried Films, Centropolis Film Productions, Independent Pictures

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
Cape ArgusGary van Dyk10
Cape TimesKaren Rutter5
The StarPeter Feldman8
Die BurgerGabriël Botma10
Sunday TimesWilliam Pretorius5
RapportPaul Boekkooi14
TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge14
TV2 Leon at the MoviesLeon van Nierop10
TV2 PasellaDerrich Gardner10
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Alex Patterson5
Box Office (USA)Lisa Osborne5
Film Review (UK)James Mottram5
IMDB1465 Netizens12
Average .. 43%9
Visitor Ratings
Lynette Anthony 12
Nick Soper 14
Johlene Gonin 12
David Alexander 10
Jim O'Ehley 4
Andre Mes 14
Nuno Rosa 14
Bruce Humphrey 17
Stan Contat 14
Andre Swanepoel 16
Hendrik Van Zyl 12
Deon Nel 14
Ping Yin Chung 12
Robert Haynes 2
Average .. 60%12

Visitor Comments
Lynette Anthony: It got a bit too much.

Nick Soper: A very good movie. However, I went in expecting too much, and ultimately walked out disappointed. Not in the same calibre as Deep Impact in my opinion.

Johlene Gonin: Great SFX (especially the swish of the tail through the buildings), but the problem with this movie is that I felt sorrry for Godzilla (he was too cute - I think it had something to do with the eyes not being reptilian enough), not the people! This is the type of move where you were meant to ''hate'' the monster and look forward to its downfall (aka the Raptors in Lost World) otherwise it just doesn't work. At best it was entertaining and some good acting from Jean Reno.

David Alexander: Extremely predictable monster flick with a lot of laughable technical points. While the Godzilla effects are out of the top drawer, the plot is uninspiring and you just couldn't give a damn about what happens.

Jim O'Ehley: Stupid is the operative word!

Andre Mes: Very loud, but on-the-edge-of-your-seat stuff! It's really a Jurassic Park rip-off, but great fun!

Nuno Rosa: Nice movie !!

Bruce Humphrey: Our hero, dragon-breath is the ultimate candidate for a breath-freshener advert! ''You people did more damage than the thing did itself!'' ''What's with the chewing-gum?'' ''We want to look like Americans!'' ''They want to take over as the dominant species on this planet.'' The first half of the 2 hr movie is like a combination of Jaws and Jurassic Park but after they find the eggs, things hot up a great deal! Once it starts, this creature multiplies like gremlins! I believe Matthew Broderick was already signed up with multi-million dollar contracts for the next two movies in the Godzilla series, even before it was released.

Stan Contat: Definitely, if to be seen, must be seen on the big screen. A typical Jurassic Park meets New York City scenario and all that goes with it. Otherwise I am in agreement with Johlene Gonin about the sympathy felt for the monster, which kind of ruins the intended 'happy ending'.

Hendrik Van Zyl: Very good special effects but the story line was a little short.. not very good.

Deon Nel: Very good special effects, but not as good as Independence Day.

Robert Haynes: If there was a rating below 1 this movie would get it !!! Without a doubt the most appalling piece of Hollywood trash to come out for quite some time. Of course if you're an FX junkie - which quite frankly bore me to tears these days - then you'll probably experience orgasmic joy like never before. If however, like me, you want your movie to contain some sort of comprehensive narrative then you'll probably agree that Godzilla deserves the Rasberry of the year award. Sorry to go on, but never in my life have I seen such a terrible performance given by a lead actor as Mathew Broderick does in this bomb. He literally sleepwalks through his part showing about as much emotion as a chest of drawers. I have decided to start a GODZILLA HATE MAIL CLUB so if anyone would like to partake in a bit of GODZILLA BASHING please mail me on rhaynes@mweb.co.za


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