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Caravellos

Being a huge Gojira fan, I'm disappointed. Really, it should have been named Jurassic Park: Manhattan. The movie could have held it's own since it had some pretty cool CGI scenes, but defacing such a popular franchise doomed it to fail.
8 years 2 months ago
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textbooktypo

If this movie wasn't called Godzilla, it wouldn't be as hated as it is.

As a Godzilla movie, it is horrible. As a typical giant monster movie, it's mediocre.
9 years 2 months ago
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Thewatcher

There were a lot of fish in this movie and nothing else nor story nor logic.
9 years 7 months ago
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Siskoid

I broke my rule against watching Roland Emmerich movies with 1998's Godzilla, a film I do not believe I'd ever managed to get through before. And boy, it was worse than I remembered/imagined. Let's get the whole "that's not Godzilla" conversation out of the way first. I would not mind a redesign (this one is a mutated iguana) if it still acted like Godzilla, or played Godzilla's iconic role. It doesn't. It's the T-Rex from Jurassic Park, running after individual humans, and its babies are ineffectual velociraptors (I mean, they snap at people but never bite them because... no reason or impediment). Emmerich has no CLUE what Godzilla is about. For him, it's an excuse for his trademark destruction porn, and yet, the military destroys more landmarks than the monster ever does. Plot holes abound in this thing, and Godzilla uses it to get from point A to point B instead of sensical geography. He's spawned in the Pacific, but shows up in New York. He's Batman, able to double back behind helicopters and hide in plain sight and no one ever notices. In fact, they keep losing this monster that's as big as a building in New York's sewers and subway system. It's just dumb as rocks. Maybe worm expert Matthew Broderick can explain; he's got a good handle on crypto-lizard behavior too. There's really no caring for the character subplots, boring, cliché-laden, screaming cartoons, some very badly acted indeed (Vicki Lewis is an early offender). There's an extended revenge riff against Siskel and Ebert, likely for their having panned earlier films, and along with YET ANOTHER instance of throwing the French under the bus (like in ID4), it makes me think Emmerich is a vindictive director indeed. Tonally, this boring, over-long turd also gets low marks, with uplifting "wonderment" music over images that should inspire terror, and making Godzilla look pitiful in its death throes before everyone starts cheering its demise. It feels sadistic, but of course, there's no intent behind it. Emmerich has no control over his intent, beyond spectacle. And that brings us to the CG. Wow. 1998 was too early for a full-CG creature to rampage in New York during a rain storm. It's awful even for its time, with low integration of live action and visual effects. It's a long 130 minutes to get to the only good thing about this flick - Puff Daddy's "Come with Me" track. But I can find that on its own somewhere, right?
10 months 2 weeks ago
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akuma587

I knew this was a bad film even when I was like 12.
9 years 7 months ago
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Spinx

GOJIRA! GOJIRA! GOJIRA!
9 years 10 months ago
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jerichoholic

What a clichéd movie.
9 years 11 months ago
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Shaunage

I loved it back then. Probably not a good idea to rewatch it.
10 years 3 months ago
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frankqb

One of the few films I've seen in theatres that made me want to scream in rage at its awfulness. Just a miserable and drawn-out film.
10 years 4 months ago
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Malena

what a flop....
8 years 5 months ago
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dpanter

Matthew Broderick is worthless again and ruins yet another movie.
9 years 2 months ago
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danielbosloper

That's a lot of fish
9 years 8 months ago
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tomsalad

I kinda liked it when I was 14...what was I thinking??? So incredibly boring.
10 years 4 months ago
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ceejaybac

I really liked this movie when I was a kid. Now, it just seems too overdone, like they we trying to pull a best picture nominee out of a genre film.
10 years 6 months ago
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IreneAdler

A nice movie, not an all-time favorite but worth watching. Jean Reno is great.
7 years 1 month ago

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