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Shin Godzilla
Godzilla Resurgence / G Project Memo / New Godzilla / God Godzilla / True Godzilla

Japan 2016
produced by
Yoshihiro Sato, Masaya Shibusawa, Taichi Ueda, Kazutoshi Wadakura, Akihiro Yamauchi (executive), Minami Ichikawa (chief) for Toho, Cine Bazar, Khara Corporation
directed by Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi (co)
starring Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Ren Osugi, Akira Emoto, Kengo Kora, Mikako Ichikawa, Jun Kunimura, Pierre Taki, Kyusaku Shimada, Ken Mitsuishi, Shingo Tsurumi, Kimiko Yo, Takumi Saitoh, Takashi Fujiki, Yu Kamio, Suzuki Matsuo, Takahiro Miura, Bob Werley, Mark Chinnery, Atsuko Maeda, Ren Mori, Kazuo Hara, Shinya Tsukamoto, Akira Ogata, Akira Hamada, Alex Hormigo
written by Hideaki Anno, music by Shiro Sagisu


review by
Mike Haberfelner

Something's upsetting Tokyo Bay, and while everyone agrees it has to be some kind of natural disaster, it takes gouvernment forever to figure out countermeasures, and then it's revealed the "natural disaster" is actually some kind of giant reptile. But fortunately, everybody agrees, that reptile can't come on land - until it does laying parts of the city to ruins, and despite its very unproportional body that seems to make it unfit for moving about much, it lays waste to a fair part of the city. Gouvernment again is slow to counteract, and when it does, it's slow and insufficient, and one attack is even aborted for fear of harming civilian lives. Meanwhile the monster evolves into what will eventually be the Godzilla we all know - and that it eventually returns to the sea has mainly to do with the fact that it runs on nuclear power and has to cool off. When Godzilla returns though, it's bigger and badder than ever, and it lays waste to large parts of the city - and when the prime minister (Ren Osugi) is evacuating, Godzilla smashes his helicopter. The American's barge in to the rescue, but basically their idea is to just nuke Tokyo - which leaves Japan's last hope with Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa) and his team of crack scientists and nerds to find a solution - which is ultimately to cool Godzilla down so much that it renders him immobile - but that's much easier said than done ...


There's no two ways about it, the American Godzilla from 2014 was a big disappointment, a pointless cross between outdated macho movie and stale disaster flick with minimal monster action that delivered nothing you haven't seen before in countless other blockbusters. In terms of monster spectacle, Shin Godzilla really got it right, going back to the roots (even if most of the action is computer generated this time around) and showing the pure joy of destruction, the fun of monsters leveling cities - and these scenes mostly look pretty awesome to be sure. As for narrative framework, this film threads new ground, letting this play out like more of a political thriller (or political procedure?) than the individual drama you'd expect from a film like this, which makes this one of the most serious films of the series (even if it's packed with social commentary about bureaucracy bringing things to a standstill) - which is not only a good thing: While the film's paced well enough to keep things tense throughout, one somehow misses the more wacky, campy details one learned to enjoy with earlier entries in the series. That said, this is still a cool movie, maybe not among the best of the series, but certainly not among the worst.


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