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Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla
Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi and Sotomi Ishihara

Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: October 11, 2016 Released by: ToHo Company

I remember seeing the original Godzilla as a kid back in 1954.  It was dark and spectacular and even though the monster looked like a man in a rubber suit the effects used to depict the destruction of Tokyo while Raymond Burr watched and reported back to the USA for a radio service were exciting.  Godzilla 2016 has less destructive action scenes and a great deal more of the deliberation by government agencies to destroy the monster which is slowly crushing Tokyo.

The parallels between the first and this version are significant the monster comes from the Ocean but the mystery of an ancient sea creature near Odo Island are resisted by villagers in 1954 using a ritual dance to appease Godzilla, there is also some evidence that young girls were sacrificed to appease the monster.  The demand by the islanders for help then moves to Tokyo where the 165 foot creature begins to cause real trouble because his underwater habitat was disturbed by hydrogen bomb testing.  

References in 2016 to nuclear weapons revolve around a potential decision to use atomic weapons to destroy the creature which in this version heads right for the big city.  The prime minister is adverse  to using nuclear weapons and suggests the United States might be willing to order the strike. I doubt that it would be very likely that an American president would be willing to use that kind of bomb on a Japanese city again.  

The banter goes back and forth and is the major part of the film.  Attempts to stop the monster fail until one bright young man (similar to the original) comes up with a method, in this one it's to chill and congeal the blood in Godzilla.  

The growth and development of the new Godzilla is displayed for us to see, it grows from worm like monster to the traditional creature we expect.  It spouts fire and glows burning red from within, it's a menace to the large city.  

There is excitement and fun seeing another Godzilla, after all there are only 32 film adventures of this series and from the appearance of Godzilla at the end of this film there will be more.  

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