BY GABRIELLE LINDAU
Oozing from the primordial depths of prehistoric times, “Godzilla” is Hollywood’s latest science fiction 3D flick to hit the big screen. The film stars Aaron Tayor-Johnson, Ken Watanable, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche. (Sadly, Binoche only makes a brief appearance.)
The film opens with a terrifying sequence featuring Binoche and Cranston. The scene is all too reminiscent of a nuclear disaster where loved ones are lost and the lives of many are affected. The first hour of the movie contains all the ingredients that go into the making of a great science fiction film — good acting performances, state-of-the-art special effects and the filmmaker’s creativity all combine to build anticipation toward meeting the film’s title character, Godzilla.
In this latest remake of “Godzilla,” humankind is faced with nasty destructive giant beasts called M.U.T.O looking to procreate. When viewers finally meet Godzilla he is everything you could hope for right down to his iconic roar and meaty, reptilian body. Whether you are familiar with the original “Godzilla” film franchise or just tuning in for the first time, Godzilla is a timeless creature and friend to humankind.
For a movie being heavily promoted for its 3D presentation, “Godzilla” unfortunately did not have many 3D elements. This was particularly noticeable as the story line began to slump halfway through and Olsen’s character became boring and “done before.”
The 3D technology did shine on the occasional camera pans across hoards of insects. Perhaps a clue to a sequel starring Godzilla and his prehistoric insect friends? Personally, I’d like to see a King Kong vs. Godzilla remake with the bodacious babe Olsen switching teams to be King Kong’s girlfriend.