Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla

DVD - 2017
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When a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, the government scrambles to save its citizens. A rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster's weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side, the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes.
Publisher: [United States] :, Toho Company,, 2017
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Shin
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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publicenemy47
Mar 15, 2020

Interesting take on Godzilla I enjoyed this version of Godzilla.

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bethurston
Feb 14, 2020

Okay... this is a Japanese version of Godzilla vs a western Hollywood production. Does't move as fast as you're probably used to. That being said, it stilll does have it's moments, making it worth viewing. Yes, it tries to make a political statement. That's when it bogs down. But, when it does get moving, this shows a terrifying version of the scale of carnage Godzilla is capable of inflicting. A twist of him going through different evolving stages, each involving massive destruction is a unique wrinkle thrown in. So, that's what the humans must react to & cope with. Must remember Godzilla is a force of nature. Must keep that in mind as they try to deal with him.

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reginator_22
Feb 12, 2020

Didn't like this one. I guess I'm too loyal to the older variations of Godzilla.

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Beyhnji
Nov 05, 2019

This surpasses every 'zilla that has come before. This is not a cheesy action movie--this is a political horror. If you don't imagine that you could enjoy a movie about intra-government conflict during a disaster scenario, then you're probably right. You aren't the target audience. The monster in this movie is the most horrifying of them all--in a shockingly beautiful way. This is by far the best of the franchise, but it shares very little with what came before, as far as tone and directorial intent. This is what the original Godzilla movie hoped to accomplish, but not what any of the sequels did. The cheese is gone. Godzilla is scary again.

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akirakato
Jun 22, 2019

Directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi in 2015 inspired by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, this Japanese drama depicts the struggle to contain new Godzilla.
Although the special effects appear great, the script seems ill-contrived with long scenes, confusing dialogue and over-crowded characters.
Disappointing is the subplot and performance involving Satomi Ishihara as Kayoco Anne Patterson, Special Envoy for the President of the United States.
She seems too young and childish for her role.

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dennismmiller
Jun 17, 2019

For better or worse, Shin Godzilla is not a conventional Godzilla movie. If familiarity has made it impossible to be frightened by Godzilla, the filmmakers at least manage to make him strange and unsettling. More interesting is their decision to remove almost all of the human interest - there are no scientist-journalist love triangles or wayward dance marathon contestants, just bureaucrats and scientists working to limit an unprecedented disaster. Although this makes for a somewhat unengaging experience, it also opens up rich opportunities for satire and a surprisingly complex perspective on the past, present, and future of Japan.

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Hybrid258
Jun 10, 2019

If you're reading the bad reviews and the criticizing comments below and possibly above, just take in mind that a lot of people tend to miss the main point of a plot and have their own opinions on what to expect from a 'Godzilla' film. Hideaki Anno created Evangelion, a cliche, mecha, monster-of-the-week type of anime; but does it have non-stop action and sci-fi epicness throughout the series? No. This is because despite the cover, Evangelion is not about the 'robots' and 'monsters' but the social and emotional struggles of the broken cast you begin to connect with throughout the series.

Shin Godzilla is the same way. Godzilla is barley a plot devise in the movie, and is only present to spur motion in Japan's current government and provoke them to take matters into their own hands. Godzilla was originally the embodiment of the horrors found in war and disaster, mainly from the fear that the citizens witnessed firsthand of the atomic age. Shin Godzilla is not a remake, but more of an update, it adds newer fears instilled throughout the past decade and goes to present them in the form of a nightmarish, cruel god who wishes to punish us for our sins within his eden. (Evangelion, anyone?) Newer fears like the flooding of Tokyo in 2011, or the following nuclear fallout in Fukushima are brought up as a reminder to not lead ourselves into a similar situation.

As for the special effects, they were mainly toying around with new methods. Japan's film budget was never above the average Western film, and that's what makes their 2-D animation the best in the world. In the film, a lot of the effects were actually done with miniatures and live props (thanks, Shinji Higuchi) as a tribute to the old-school Godzilla films fans knew all to well.

With all that said, I can only say one thing....

Shinjila.

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scribby
Jan 23, 2019

This "New Godzilla" is nearly unwatchable, because, unlike the classic Godzilla movies, it is intentionally silly. Most of the movie is about bureaucracy trying (and failing) to fight the monster; meetings must be called to set up further meetings to discuss how to set up further meetings to fill out the proper forms to set up more meetings to fight the monster. The acting is deliberately wooden (the actors often stare directly at the camera) -- meanwhile, the monster itself is a giant googly-eyed Muppet. Hilarious, though the satire is too heavy-handed to be enjoyable all the way through.

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hgibbins
Sep 03, 2018

Very disappointing, the special effects were okay, but not great. The storyline lacked a lot, and while I watched the whole thing I think the original Gozilla movies from the 60's & 70's were much better, maybe not for special effect, but definitely with respect to plot, storyline, character development, etc.

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gumball12
Mar 04, 2018

FORM 1: Kamata Kun
FORM 2: Shinagawa Kun
FORM 3- Shin Godzilla

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Jan 16, 2020

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