If you were not happy with the 2014 Gareth Edwards’s Godzilla menacing US west coast – the one with Starship Troopers’ insects dying to mate- then here is another Made-in-Japan-Godzilla to whet your appetite. It has a plot that is more political than with a lot of actions and special effects. But also don’t worry, directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi didn’t opt for a Godzilla in a man-suit in honour of its tradition, so it wasn’t cartoon-ish either.
Tokyo Bay is erupted with a plume of steam arising from the middle of the sea. It causes collapse of underwater car tunnels, and collateral damages. At a cabinet summit meeting, a group of ministers are helping the prime minister decide on a best course of actions to calm the residence. At first, most of the bureaucrats suspect it is some volcano activities underwater that causes the bubbling steam, but as time progresses they know the situation is direr than, merely, a climate phenomenon. Their worst fear is confirmed when “something huge” is reaching shore at an exceptional speed: a fish like organism (kind of comedic looking). It tears through west side of Tokyo with velocity of a bullet train making evacuations impossible.
Tokyo is now under-siege. That a “something huge” evolves into a full grown Godzilla that has tiny hands, muscular thighs and one powerful tail. At the end of its rampage it retreats back into the ocean and not to be seen for …two days. As Japan escalates to military options to eradicate “God”-zilla, its body turns into a radioactive weapon with purple laser beams emanated annihilating its attackers. Then more meetings take place, and US muscles in to offer more ammunition to kill, grab and research Godzilla. As evil begets evil, instead of killing Godzilla, it grows double in size.
Final option: US to nuke Tokyo to kill its monster!
By now you must know how the plot turned political quickly, soon as the disaster became an imminent thread against global human race.
The film delivered a sense of urgency and the comedic timing of bureaucratic red-tape, successfully, kept me interested to the very end. But a pre-warning, it requires a lot of listening and reading, and at a face pace. If subtitles is not your thing then don’t bother.