(2014) (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi: Various humans must deal with radioactive behemoths that have reemerged from their subterranean lairs and do battle on a massive scale.
- It's 1999 and Joe Brody (BRYAN CRANSTON) is a nuclear power plant engineer living in Japan with his wife, Sandra (JULIETTE BINOCHE), and young son, Ford (CJ ADAMS). Joe is concerned about an increasing number of peculiar seismic events, particularly as they relate to the power plant. But disaster and tragedy strike when massive tremors strike, with Joe having to seal off part of the plant to prevent a radioactive cloud from escaping, resulting in the deaths of Sandra and others.
Fifteen years later, Joe is arrested trying to enter the long-quarantined city, an act that doesn't surprise but still disappoints Ford (AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON). He's now a lieutenant in the U.S. military and on leave back in San Francisco to see his doctor wife, Elle (ELIZABETH OLSEN), and their young son, Sam (CARSON BOLDE). Ford ends up traveling overseas to get his dad out of jail, but eventually discovers that his father was correct about a massive cover-up at the old plant.
There, Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (KEN WATANABE), his assistant, Vivienne Graham (SALLY HAWKINS), and their team are working on the discovery of a Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism (MUTO). When seismic activity similar to the earlier event strikes, the radioactive-feeding monster is unleashed and wrecks havoc on the facility before escaping. To make matters worse, it's learned that another MUTO -- this one a much larger female desirous of mating with the smaller male -- is now also on the loose, as is a massive monster known as Godzilla.
With all three creatures headed toward San Francisco, Admiral William Stenz (DAVID STRATHAIRN) decides they must take action to stop the beasts, and that such action should involve the use of a nuclear bomb to kill all of them. With Ford volunteering to arm the nuke the old-fashioned way -- since the MUTOs occasionally emit electromagnetic pulses that render all electronics useless -- it's a race against time to stop the monsters before they lay waste to the city during their likely epic scale battle.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those who are into monster movies will definitely be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence.
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