Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston from “Breaking Bad“) is the head engineer at a nuclear power plant in Tokyo. He is very worried about some underground tremors that everyone else thinks are normal. They should have listened to him, because these tremors were from a prehistoric creature that has been incubating for years. The thing wakes up and eats the nuclear plant along with Brody’s wife and a bunch of other people.
Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe from “Inception”) is left to pick up the pieces and try to figure out what happened. Joe spends the next 15 years doing his own research while his son, Ford, grows up and moves to San Francisco. Ford is called back to Japan to help out his raving lunatic of an old man just when those odd tremors start up again. It’s a good thing he is a bomb expert and can be our hero in the third act.
I will spoil the movie if I reveal anything more. You always want to be surprised at a monster movie. I can tell you they nailed the overall scope of the movie, with going from continent to continent and destroying every kind of structure and means of transportation possible.
Director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) is at home in this genre. I expected a very effects-laden movie, and I guess it is, but I also got a good story and some nice character moments. He took the time to root the story in these people and that made us root for them in the end. Even Godzilla came off as more than a green-eyed monster. It’s not like we saw how he grew up at a small power plant in Okinawa, but I think the big guy might be up for some major awards. I am not saying he can do Shakespeare, but if they sit him next to Scarjo at the Oscars that will get a buzz going about Beauty and the Beast.
I did like this movie, as it delivered the kind of punch I expected in an unexpected way. Don’t forget that you are going to see a Godzilla movie and you will not be disappointed, because this one is good enough to get 3 ½ stars out of 5. Just don’t laugh when Godzilla sings “It Ain’t Easy Being Green,” because he sings from his radioactive heart.
Tom Basham is an indie filmmaker. Here is a link to his movie review site: http://bashmovies.wordpress.com/