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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Review: SHIN GODZILLA シン・ゴジラ (2016)

Review: SHIN GODZILLA シン・ゴジラ (2016)

Following a sudden attack of a mysterious sea monster on Tokyo Bay, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rando Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa) join forces with the Japanese-American Special Envoy for the U.S. President, Kayoko Ann Patterson (Satomi Ishihara) alongside other Japan's top government officials as they devise a plan to save the city from total annihilation. 


REVIEW: Twelve years after Toho Pictures last produced their Japanese Godzilla movie in 2004's GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, it's finally nice to see the iconic sea monster making an epic comeback to its native country with a brand new reboot.

Co-directed by two anime veterans Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan), SHIN GODZILLA (or internationally known as GODZILLA RESURGENCE) is visually breathtaking. The Godzilla monster itself is a tremendous sight to behold. Standing at 118.5 metres tall, it was no doubt the biggest yet most imposing Godzilla monster ever seen in the decades-long series' history. The creature effect is particularly top-notch, in which the movie incorporates a seamless blend of CGI, motion-capture technology and traditional suitmation technique to bring the monster to life. Whether witnessing the Godzilla wrecking havoc in the middle of the city or unleashing atomic rays from its mouth and dorsal fins to counter-attack the Japan Self-Defense Force, the action is both epic and cinematic. Shiro Sagisu's score, in the meantime, is equally praiseworthy as he fuses different musical styles with Akira Ifukube's 1954 original theme music to rousing effect.

Unfortunately, SHIN GODZILLA is too talky for a kaiju movie. While Hideaki Anno's screenplay does benefit from a timely subject matter that reflects on today's Japan such as the 3/11 tragedy and even pokes fun on the Japanese government's ineffective crisis management, the story drags too much with meetings after meetings involving the top government officials. Sure, it was amusing to watch how the officials from different ranks and positions struggling to contain their country's major crisis at first. But after a while, all the dialogue-heavy scenario begins to take its toll and grows increasingly tedious.

As for the all-star cast, none of them is particularly standouts here while Satomi Ishihara fares the worst as Kayoko Ann Patterson. For a character that supposed to be a Japanese-American Special Envoy for the U.S. President, her American accent is hardly convincing and the way she tries to show off her Americanised attitude is downright cheesy.

SHIN GODZILLA is technically proficient with the most lifelike Godzilla monster ever created, but this latest reboot suffers heavily from an excessively talky plot and a mediocre all-star cast.

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