Godzilla a stomping political thriller
SHIN GODZILLA (PG)
Action / 120 minutes / Opens today
An unknown source causes a catastrophic accident
in the tunnels of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line, leading to irreparable damage and massive flooding.
An emergency Cabinet meeting is ordered to salvage the
situation and discover the
cause of the accident.
Soon after, a gigantic creature emerges and rampages through town after town, much to
How will Japan deal with
this "monster" that they
know nothing about?
SHIN Godzilla is Japan's thrilling try at rebooting the film series starring the beast born of atomic testing.
What is audacious about this remake is not the liberties taken with Godzilla lore but rather how faithful it is to the canon established by Toho Pictures in the 1950s.
America, as it has done with coffee and French fries, upsized the monster.
Here, it is smaller and so scaly and stiff as to be almost rock-like.
Forget your computer-drawn beasties - this is old-fashioned man-in-rubber-suit stuff.
But the thing is no less menacing and it can also shoot killer rays, like in the old days.
Co-director and writer Hideaki Anno (the Evangelion anime trilogy, 2007-12) plays this like a realistic political thriller.
In scenes that bring to mind Dr Strangelove (1964) or the recent Eye In The Sky (2015), hawks and doves at the highest levels bicker while minions scurry about covering their behinds.
This is a sharply drawn satire of a Japan crippled by war guilt, worries about its international reputation and a woeful lack of transparency in crisis management, a direct reference to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
While the older heads fall to infighting, a task force headed by young bureaucrat Rando Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa), aided by the brashly un-Japanese Japanese-American Ka-yoko Patterson (Satomi Ishihara), quietly get on with saving the country.
The picture's one flaw is the unforgivably stylised Patterson character.
Otherwise, this creature feature soars far above Hollywood's lifeless 2014 attempt.
Shin Godzilla will be the first Japanese blockbuster in Singapore to be
released in Imax.