GODZILLA – Movie Review

Greetings SciFi lovers,

I watched one of my favorite monster movies of all time. I thought you might like to read my review. Enjoy.Godzilla

The movie begins sometime after thirty years of atomic bomb testing has taken place in the south pacific, near French Polynesia. Iguana lizards and their eggs were continually exposed to atomic radiation.

A large underwater object is tracked on sonar and tracking straight for a Japanese Cannery Ship, also near French Polynesia in the south pacific. The ship is attacked and sank by a giant beast.

CHERNOBYL – UKRAINE- Dr. Niko Tapopolis ( Matthew Broderick) is on a three year study of the Chernobyl Earthworm. He works for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and has discovered a seventeen percent increase in the size of the earthworms there due to radiation exposure. He is an unmarried biologists and studies radioactive samples. He is electrocuting the ground to gather night crawlers during a night rainstorm for studying.

Kyle Terrington, of the U.S. State Department, and his team dropped in by chopper and interrupted Dr. Tapopolis’ worm collecting. “You’re being reassigned!” Terrington proclaims in the pouring night rain.

“But my work here isn’t finished!” Nick Tapopolis protests with rain cascading down his face.

Terrington calmly replies while holding his umbrella to shield his head and face from the cold rain, “It is now.”

PAPEETE TAHITI – A very sick old Japanese sailor that was on the cannery ship reported saying, “GOJIRA. GOJIRA. GOJIRA.”

Giant Reptilian Footprint

Giant Reptilian Footprint

Dr. Tapopolis is being flown by small sea plane to Golfo De San Miguel-Panama. To study a giant radioactive reptilian footprint. He was standing inside the massive footprint. “But, there’s no animal in the world that makes foot prints like this, is there?” Tapopolis questioned.

Nick meets Dr. Elsie Chapman, of the National Institute of Paleontology, and his boss. So far, no one has seen the giant beast. They watch a satellite video of the Japanese Cannery Ship being attacked and sank. They only see giant claws. Nick also meets Dr. Craven and is repeatedly called the worm guy; sarcastically.

Later by chopper, they follow the giant reptilian tracks.

GREAT PEDRO BLUFF- JAMAICA – Dr. Nick, Dr. Elsie, and Dr. Craven stand amazed as they gaze at the Japanese Cannery ship. It drifted on shore there. The hull was ripped severely. The locals were sitting on the beach watching, also in amazement. The “Donne-Moi Cinq Pour Cent” mercenary group was hired by La Rochelle Casualty and Property Insurance to guard the ship. Mr. Philippe Roache is the insurance agent. Dr. Tapopolis quietly begins collecting worm specimens from the hull of the ship.

EASTERN SEABOARD – UNITED STATES – “Artie! Artie! What the hell’s wrong? Why are we slowing down?” yells the captain of the small fishing trawler.

“I don’t know!” Artie responds loudly in a panic. “She’s up full throttle! Maybe she’s heavy in the nets!”

Three small fishing trawlers are quickly pulled under by their nets as the crews flee the boats into the turbulent waters.

The Giant Reptilian Beast is only 200 miles off the Eastern American Seaboard.

Dr. Elsie Chapman proclaims, “It’s Theropoda Allosaurus; a reptile that died during the cretaceous period.”

“What about the traces of radiation?” Nick Tapopolis asked skeptically while not agreeing with his boss. “The animal was first sighted in the French Polynesian Pacific, right? That area has been exposed to dozens of nuclear tests over the past 30 years.

Dr. Chapman hurls the sarcasm back at him, “Uh-huh. Hence, the radiation.” The eye roll rocked the plain. Dr. Craven smirked.

Dr. Tapopolis ignores the sarcasm and replies calmly and confidently, “I believe that this is a mutated aberration, a hybrid caused by the fallout on these islands. An incipient creature. The dawn of a new species. The first of it’s kind.”

Godzilla in New York City

Godzilla in New York City

THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS – The creature enters New York City and wreaks havoc. Mayor Ebert has just been re-elected to a 2nd four year term and is giving his thank you speech to his supporters when the creature comes straight for them. The speech is over as everyone flees for their lives.

Mobil Command Center – New Jersey – Sergeant O’Neal reports to the team, “The Mayor has agreed to evacuate NYC and is calling out the National Guard. The giant lizard quickly disappeared into the city.

Audrey Timmonds, news reporter for WIDF TV News, and Dr. Tapopolis’ past college girlfriend of four years begins to have feelings for him as she sees him on TV with the military concerning the giant lizard story.

Agent Philippe Roache, D.G.S.E., of La Rochelle Casualty and Property Insurance, placed a listening device on Mayor Ebert’s shirt collar. Roache’s company insures 15% of the property in NYC.

Since the authorities were unable to locate the lizard they attempted to draw him out with several truckloads of fish in Central Park, much to Mayor Edert’s dismay. It’s 8:55pm in the pouring rain as they wait in hiding, close to the enormous pile of fish. Dr. Tapopolis’ idea; remove the manhole covers to insure the fish smell gets into the sewers.

Godzilla Up Close

Godzilla Up Close

The idea quickly works. They get the first up close and personal look at the giant lizard. Dr. Tapopolis takes pictures. The police begin their attack. They quickly learn how fast the enormous reptile is; and he breathes fire. Their efforts only succeed in more damage to the city. The heat seeking missiles also don’t work; the lizard is colder than the buildings around him. The missiles destroy the Chrysler Building. The massive reptile soon destroyed all four attack choppers.

Audrey runs into Dr. Tapopolis at the drug store. He’s purchasing home pregnancy tests. He’s still angry about the way she left eight years ago without a letter, phone call, nothing. He asks for tests with Gonadotropic Hormones or Clomiphene Citrate. He realizes he’s holding a grudge and quickly changes his heart. He invites her over for tea.

Later, after running his tests, Dr. Tapopolis declares, “This creature’s pregnant. It reproduces Asexually. It came to New York City for a nesting place; of course! I believe this creature has already laid or is about to lay up to twelve eggs, that will hatch quickly. He is gathering fish to feed the young once hatched. We need to find the nest.”

Audrey stole the top secret tape from Dr. Tapopolis’ tent and the media has it. The media calls the creature GODZILLA! Tapopolis is fired by Hicks. He tells Audrey goodbye and takes a taxi to Newark Airport. He soon discovers that Agent Philippe Roache is driving the taxi and is French Secret Service. He says the Americans in NYC stopped looking for the nest.

Dr. Tapopolis and Agent Roache devise a plan to go back into New York City to find Godzilla’s nest. “I always wanted to join the French Foreign Legion,” Tapopolis brags. In this movie, much of the nuclear testing in the pacific was done by the French Government, therefore, they felt responsible and had a vested interest in making sure this creature is stopped.

The military is trying to draw Godzilla into Central Park again with more fish.

Godzilla Battles The Navy

Godzilla Battles The Navy

Dr. Tapopolis, Agent Roache, and their team find Godzilla in the underground sewers of NYC. Godzilla goes into the city and heads for Central Park where the army is waiting with their fish. The attack begins and Godzilla quickly flees to the river where the navy is waiting. The Indiana and Anchorage are closing in. Torpedoes are fired at the giant lizard.

Godzilla lead the torpedoes into the Anchorage. Upon impact, the submarine is destroyed. The Indiana fires at Godzilla as he swims back to Manhattan. DIRECT HIT! They killed Godzilla.

Nick Tapopolis, Agent Roache, and his team enter Madison Square Garden from the sewers. There’s fish everywhere. “Three eggs. I thought there’d be more,” Nick states. Upon further investigation, they find more than twenty eggs. The team began placing explosives on some of the eggs. “Boss,” one of the French men said, “We don’t have nearly enough charges.”

Nick could hear gurgling and other noises coming from inside the eggs. “They’re ready to hatch,” he said with concern. Suddenly the first egg cracked open and a baby Godzilla jumped out. “Correction; they are hatching!” Because they smelled like fish, the group is quickly attacked and must flee The Garden, for their lives.

Dr. Elsie Chapman convinces the Colonel to look for the nest, against Mayor Ebert’s wishes.

Agent Roache orders, “Contact the military. Get them to send a bomber to blow up this building. 5557600 Code Dragon Fly. That should get you through. Nick go get help. We’ll hold the reptiles off.

They have an idea. They Begin A Live Broadcast From Inside Madison Square Garden: Audrey reports, “Dr. Niko Tapopolis has discovered the Beast’s lair.” Nick explains, “We’ve discovered over 200 eggs. They have hatched and are over nine feet tall and have begun feeding. These 200 could easily become 40,000 within this year. This could become the dominate species of this planet. The military must destroy this building immediately before these creatures can escape.” “I’m Audrey Timmonds reporting live on WIDF News from inside Madison Square Gardens.”

The order was given by the military Colonel, “I want you to blow up Madison Square Garden.”

Nick and team learned their broadcast was received by everyone and they had less than six minutes to leave the building before the bombers arrived. Agent Roache distracts the lizards while they make their getaway through the main entrance; past dozens of hungry Godzillas. As the F18 bombers make their approach.

The Crater where Madison Square Garden was and Godzilla

The Crater where Madison Square Garden was and Godzilla

The Maverick missiles are fired. The Garden is destroyed. Nick and Audrey kiss.

GODZILLA’S BACK! RUN!

The F18 bombers are ordered to turn around. Nick and friends are hiding in the Park Avenue Tunnel as Godzilla desperately tries to get to them. They lead the massive lizard to the Brooklyn Bridge. The F18’s fly to the bridge.

Godzilla on the Brooklyn Bridge

Godzilla on the Brooklyn Bridge

Godzilla gets tangled in the suspension cables on the bridge as the F18’s approach. “Stallion 1-5, Tally One on the Bridge.”

The order is given to fire at will. Godzilla took multiple direct missile hits from the F18 fighters. Quickly Godzilla falls and dies.

WIDF News Live Headlines “GODZILLA DEFEATED!”

Mayer Ebert says, “The Mayor who Destroyed Godzilla.”

One egg hatched late and lived.

The End

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