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The Summer movie season opens with a blockbuster special effects thriller.

Godzilla has the head of a giant iguana and a body that resembles the Predator movie monster.  He shows up in New York City looking for a place to settle in, but instead is faced with millions of screaming, frightened citizens.

The reptile is so large that one footstep smashes anything that he comes in contact with and a sweep of his mighty tail takes out skyscrapers with one swish.  The military is called in to get rid of the monster with the help of Matthew Broderick, who plays a biologist.

The characters are thinly drawn, but who cares when the special effects are this great and the action is non-stop.

Scenes of the New York skyline crumbling in the wake of the giant beast are very realistic.  Although the creature is fierce and people do get killed, the gory violence is at a minimum.

Broderick is a likeable hero.  He has an easy self-effacing manner and he plays well off of the somber Jean Reno.  Hank Azaria is also good as a TV camera man.

Directed by Roland Emmerich, Godzilla has the same high energy level as Emmerich's previous film, Independence Day.  It keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning and it's terrific fun.



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