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(2000) (Takehiro Murata, Hiroshi Abe) (PG)

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Sci-fi/Action/Adventure: As researchers and government officials square off about how to deal with Godzilla, a 170 foot tall, radioactive, fire-breathing behemoth, they must also contend with a monstrous alien life force seemingly intent on wrecking havoc on both their city and Godzilla.
Godzilla is a 170-foot tall, radioactive, fire-breathing monster who's once again arisen from the seas off Japan, apparently intent on destroying all sources of energy across the land. Yuji Shinoda (TAKEHIRO MURATA) is a scientist who, along with his young and precocious daughter, Io (MAYU SUZUKI), and tag along local photographer Yuki Ichinose (NAOMI NISHIDA), is intent on studying the beast.

Unfortunately for him, Mitsuo Katagiri (HIROSHI ABE), the head of the Crisis Control Agency, wants to destroy Godzilla due to the path of death and destruction the monster weaves whenever he comes ashore. Katagiri's attention is divided, however, between Godzilla and what appears to be a large and ancient meteorite that's been discovered on the sea floor.

Along with his associate, Shiro Miyasaka (SHIRO SANO), Katagiri wants to know about the large rock, particularly when it begins flying around the city, scanning both the molecular structure of every creature it meets - including Godzilla - as well as the contents of a large city's computers.

Things become more complicated when the flying rock seemingly joins the Japanese military's attack on Godzilla and then spawns a similarly monstrous-sized creature. From that point on, it's a battle of the monster heavyweights as Godzilla and the alien creature go toe-to-toe and end up destroying much of the city during their epic battle.

If they're into Godzilla or other similar style monster movies, they probably will.
For monster violence and mild language.
  • TAKEHIRO MURATA plays a scientist who - in a similar vein to being a storm chaser - is intent on studying Godzilla. He briefly uses some mild profanity.
  • MAYU SUZUKI plays his precocious daughter who assists him in his work.
  • NAOMI NISHIDA plays a reluctant photographer who joins the father-daughter team as they pursue and have close encounters with Godzilla. She briefly uses some mild profanity/colorful language.
  • HIROSHI ABE plays the head of the Crisis Control Agency, a man who wants to destroy Godzilla due to the path of death and destruction the monster weaves whenever he comes ashore.
  • SHIRO SANO plays Katagiri's assistant, a scientist who once worked with Yuji.


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    Then read OUR TAKE of this film.

    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).

    The following is a quick look at the content found in this campy, PG-rated monster movie. A great deal of "comic book" style violence occurs, including the military attacking Godzilla with various weapons and massive amounts of property damage (and somewhat presumed, but unseen deaths) occurring as two behemoths battle each other. The sight of those monsters, as well as such related mayhem, could be unsettling, suspenseful or even downright frightening to the youngest of kids, but that all depends on their age, level of maturity and tolerance for such material.

    Profanity consists of just a handful of rather tame expletives, while some colorful phrases are also uttered. Beyond that, a few bad attitudes are present and a few characters briefly smoke and drink. The rest of the film's remaining categories have little or nothing in the way of any other major objectionable content. Nonetheless, should you still be concerned about the film and its appropriateness for anyone in your home who wishes to see it, you may want to take a closer look at our detailed content listings.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light, some of that briefly occurs late in the movie during a battle between Godzilla and the alien life form.

  • Although he and his friend don't appear to be drinking any, a man in a tiny restaurant replies to a complaint, "As long as the beer is cold who cares?"
  • People have drinks at a reception.
  • A monstrous creature looks a bit charred after Godzilla lights it up with his flame. We also briefly see a few non-graphic wounds on the creature that quickly heal.
  • We see the non-bloody/non-graphic remains of a monster fall over in a city.
  • Some may see Katagiri as having both for wanting to kill Godzilla (although he's doing his job to protect his country's land and people) and he later knowingly puts Yuji in harm's way.
  • A general casually states that they might lose several hundred people in their next attempt at killing Godzilla.
  • The sight of Godzilla and the similarly monstrous looking alien creature (with sharp teeth and huge claws for hands) may be unsettling or frightening to some younger kids, all dependent on their age, level of maturity and tolerance for such material. The same holds true for scenes listed under "Violence."
  • Pieces of a falling boat and then a large electrical tower nearly fall onto a man on the ground.
  • Godzilla lets out a roar that shatters the windshield of Yuji's truck and then tries to strike it with his huge clawed hand. He then proceeds to smash his foot down through the top of a tunnel while Yuji tries to back his truck out of it (resulting in some close calls).
  • The large meteorite appears as if it's going to fall over onto, and then land on a boat, but it doesn't.
  • Yuji tries to get out of a high-rise building, by racing down a stairwell, before it blows up.
  • Tanks/Missiles/Helicopters/Jet Fighters/Mines: All used in attempts to kill Godzilla.
  • Rifles: Carried by soldiers.
  • Energy canons: Used in an attempt to blow up the flying rock/life form.
  • Energy Beams: Used by the flying rock/alien life form to attack Godzilla and destroy several buildings.
  • Phrases: "Imbecile," "Shut up," "Bite me," "Quit your bitching," "What the hell is happening?" an incomplete "What the..." "I sure as hell ain't paying for gas," "Bastard," "It will go through Godzilla like crap through a goose," "What the hell is this?" "I'll be damned" and "Nice try, *sshole."
  • None.
  • A heavy amount of old-fashioned and melodramatic, suspenseful music plays during the film.
  • None.
  • At least 3 hells, 2 asses (1 used with "hole"), 2 damns, 1 crap, 2 uses of "My God" and 1 use of "Good Lord" as exclamations.
  • None.
  • Katagiri and a few miscellaneous characters each smoke once.
  • Io worries about her father being in a building that's about to be detonated.
  • For little kids, whether monsters such as Godzilla and the alien life form could exist.
  • Whether Godzilla was defending the Japanese city (as one person states and others seem to believe) or simply defending himself (since, after all, he laid waste to much of it before, during, and after the battle).
  • Why Godzilla seemed intent on destroying the land's energy sources.
  • All that's listed below occurs in a very campy, comic book style with fake looking special effects.
  • We see Godzilla with a large boat in his mouth that he snaps in two. He then knocks over an electrical tower.
  • Godzilla's tail inadvertently smashes a small building, although the three people inside are okay.
  • Godzilla lets out a roar that shatters the windshield of Yuji's truck and then tries to strike it with his huge clawed hand. He then proceeds to smash his foot down through the top of a tunnel, trying to crush Yuji and his truck.
  • As Godzilla makes his way through a town, he destroys many buildings and property along the way, including electrical power stations (causing them to explode).
  • Some slapstick material includes one character repeatedly, but accidentally hitting another on the head with a pole.
  • Underwater mines explode as Godzilla makes his way toward shore. Once there, the military opens fire on him with many shots from helicopters and tanks and the big beast then steps on more underwater mines. The military then fires ground-fired armor piercing missiles at him, all of which explode on Godzilla's thick hide, but don't seem to harm him. Jet fighters then fire missiles at Godzilla, but similarly don't hurt him.
  • The flying alien life form fires a beam that knocks Godzilla backwards until he crashes into and destroys a building. In turn, Godzilla blasts a shot of fire at the life form that then fires back.
  • As the life form/rock breaks free from straps holding it down, it tears apart the bridge to which those straps were attached. The rock then begins to vibrate, causing several nearby helicopters to explode, with another catching on fire and then crashing into some buildings (causing two cars to crash into each other on a nearby street).
  • The flying rock lands on top of a skyscraper, smashing several of its top floors.
  • Energy canons blow up the top of a building in an attempt to blow up the flying rock/life form that's sitting atop it. In turn, the flying rock fires a beam that destroys much of the building.
  • Godzilla destroys more buildings as he walks through a city. The flying rock/life form then causes huge cables to rip up out of the streets and wrap around Godzilla's arms and mouth. Godzilla then falls and crushes a bridge and the flying rock then pulls Godzilla through the city, destroying many more buildings.
  • Godzilla destroys a building with fire and then smashes the flying rock with his tail, sending it crashing through other buildings. It then hits Godzilla with its energy beam while also destroying other buildings.
  • Godzilla fires another blast of fire that causes the flying rock/spaceship to explode and crash.
  • An alien creature roughly the same gargantuan size of Godzilla emerges from the space ship and then fights Godzilla. This creature fires a beam from its shoulder that knocks Godzilla backwards. The partially damaged flying rock/spaceship then rams Godzilla, knocking him down. As the two continue fighting, they inflict a great deal more damage to the city.
  • The creature uses its tail to knock down and then repeatedly hit Godzilla. In turn, Godzilla bites down onto the creature's arm, which then does the same back to Godzilla. Godzilla then fires more flames at the creature, eventually completely engulfing it in fire.
  • Godzilla kills the creature by blasting fire down its throat.
  • Katagiri punches Yuji.
  • Godzilla swipes away part of a building, causing a man to fall to his presumed death.
  • Godzilla walks along, destroying more buildings and then lays waste to more of them with his fiery breath.

  • Reviewed August 14, 2000 / Posted August 18, 2000

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