Fifteen years ago, nuclear power plant engineer, Joe Brody (Brian Cranston) was concerned that a recent swarm of tremors near the power plant in Japan were not natural.
Brody went to work one day, with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche), very concerned about the safety of the plant. He sent Sandra into the bowels of the plant to check on the systems and was about to cut back on power when the tremors became a full-fledged nuclear holocaust.
In the present, Joe’s son, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is an EOD expert in the Army(?) at home on leave when he has to travel to Japan to bail his father out of custody (for trespassing in the nuclear danger zone). The elder Brody is, once again, concerned that new tremors are occurring just like those of fifteen years ago.
Sure enough. A huge mutant monster is coming to life (or out of hibernation). This monster craves power and will seek out power sources around the globe until it’s hunger is satisfied. And to make matters worse…..there are TWO of them, one of them (bigger and with babies) has just escaped from Yucca Mountain, Nevada (a virtual feeding frenzy of nuclear waste) to meet her mate in San Francisco.
Luckily for the world, Godzilla is roaming the oceans and will “restore balance” to nature if given the chance. On that note, Scientist Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) urges the authorities to just let Godzilla do his thing rather than interfere. But, interfere they must….arrrghh.
“Godzilla” is WAY better than I thought it would be. OK for the family (with reservations concerning violence). The acting is a bit melodramatic, and with some of the cast, terrible, but, the story and action (and the sound / audio) is superb. I thought Aaron Taylor-Johnson was good. A little laid back, but, he has the aura of a decent future action hero. Time will tell.
The cinematography is incredible. The sense of scale is very impressive and believable. Godzilla is HUGE!
Drive Safe! Never Forget.