Godzilla: Final Wars aka Gojira: Fainaru uôzu (2004) – 5/10 monster action movie review

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Cast / crew
Producer: Shogo Tomiyama
Screenplay Writer: Wataru Mimura
Screenplay Writer: Isao Kiriyama
Special Effects: Eiichi Asada
Masahiro Matsuoka: Earth Defense Force Soldier Shin’ichi Ôzaki
Rei Kikukawa: UN Molecular Biologist Miyuki Otonashi
Don Frye: Douglas Gordon
Maki Mizuno: Newscaster Anna Otonashi
Kazuki Kitamura: The Controller of Planet X
Kosugi Kane Takeshi: M-Facility Soldier Katsunori Kazama
Shigeru Izumiya: Samon Taguchi
Masatoh Eve: Xilian General
Akira Takarada: UN Secretary General Naotarô Daigo
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura

Godzilla: Final Wars aka Gojira: Fainaru uôzu (2004)

After sealing Godzilla in the South Pole, the Earth Defence Force presumes that the planet is safe from monsters at last. Suddenly, all across the planet in cities with recognisable landmarks, monsters start appearing and wreaking havoc and salvation will come from a completely unexpected source but may have a heavy price.

5/10

The Godzilla action is actually rather good fun, but there’s a hour of not-a-lot to get there and weak humanoid villain X to bafflingly deal with once we do. Still, if you’re here for the monster mashing, you certainly get your money’s worth as Godzilla breathes his way through a planetful of monsters in an entertaining and spectacular manner. Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla, now just plain Zilla, is repurposed as a villain monster and gets disparagingly dispatched with a real-Godzilla tail flip and a dismissive one-liner. Weirdly, half of the movie is in English. Special mention for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it detail where midget monster Minilla is wearing a seatbelt in the truck which, after recovering from my 28 g-force double-take, I think is enough to stick another star on.

This movie contains graphic, gory violence, fantasy monster violence, extreme humanoid violence

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