Sep 23, 2008

Godzilla 2000

Godzilla is a fine example of an alignment dubbed Chaotic Neutral. At times he will save the world and other times he exhibits an extreme nihilism towards the human race, such as what is displayed in the resurrected once more Godzilla 2000. We last saw Godzilla suffer defeat at the hands of Destroyah. He was since resurrected due to the huge flop that Emmerich's Godzilla envisioning was (The only thing it had going for it was Jean Reno).

In Godzilla 2000, It's a cold fact that in a franchise of 20+ films, you're going to have several stale entries surrounded by unbridled monster mashes. Godzilla 2000 is a feeble attempt at kick starting life into a series that was abruptly ended thanks to his nuclear heart. Much of my dissent is born from a metaphorical H-Bomb as I discovered my DVD didn't feature original Japanese audio. This just goes to show how sadistic and close-minded Sony Pictures can be at times.

Godzilla 2000 is plagued by poor writing. I recall in one scene while detailing the destructive force of a new man made weapon, the designer retorts "I guarantee if will go through Godzilla like crap through a Goose!" I don't know if it is just me or what, but that sentence makes no sense. Many of the characters are type casted as hell from pulling off their glasses slowly while whispering "Oh my god..." to a picturesque happy ending until this somber moment is shattered by Godzilla's fury.

The design on Godzilla this time around has been overall improved. Horrible Sci-fi Channel-like CGI is noticeable around every corner and this is the poison that slowly drains this film of nay old-school Kaiju combat. If I wanted to watch Godzilla awkwardly rampage through Green screens and swim underwater while doing several new positions thanks to computer graphics, I'd just wait for Godzilla 3D.

The ending of this film has Godzilla mercilessly murdering his human rival while the hero embraces his newborn family. After this tender moment, Godzilla decides to Atomic breath the living shit out of Tokyo, murdering millions in the process. I don't know which depraved genius mind thought this up but he is in order for an award.

As a Villain, Orga is just an attack on the TriStar release of Godzilla. Roland Emmerich is that one director who created filth like Independence Day and 10,000 B.C. Orga's space craft is seen perched over top buildings sapping all of Tokyo's data and information from the supercomputer's network. After this, he steals Godzilla's "Regenerator G1" and morphs into a Godzilla clone. Godzilla plays around with the idea of letting this impostor get the upper hand and then mutilates his mouth with his signature breath. This is really "sticking it" to the studio that thought remaking a film that has more than enough offspring's, prequels, re-boots, and sibling videos a good idea.

Godzilla 2000 at times is honestly pathetic. The effects range from hideous to glorious. I'm really digging on Godzilla's new spine spikes. They capture the feel of a monster more than an awkward rubber lizard. When not being dragged to its grave, Godzilla 2000 can be a competent sequel with some amazing shots of Godzilla doing what he does best; surviving. There is enough potential in this to at least recommend to fans, though.


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