Godzilla: Final Wars

2004

Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 6.5 10 6,525

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Kane Kosugi as Kane Osaki
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by JermaineWarfare 10 / 10 / 10

A going away party worthy of a king!

Somewhere between 1954 and today, Godzilla lost his meaning. Originally a symbol of nuclear destruction, foreboding and terrifying, Godzilla has played a number of roles, such as hero, villain, father, and everything in between. So it's only fitting that on his 50th birthday, and his retirement party, he gets to be a little of everything and pretend he's nothing all at the same time. This is said to be Godzilla's final theatrical appearance, and like any big star stepping out of the lime-light, his presence will be felt long after he's gone. But instead of one last curtain call or final bow, the King of all monsters isn't walking away with grace and dignity- he's throwing the biggest monster-filled party you could possibly imagine. Now, to be fair, if you're a huge fan of Godzilla movies, there's a huge chance you won't like this film. However, as a devoted and loyal G-fan for the last two decades, I can only say this- WHAT A WAY TO GO OUT! Helming the film is the amazing director Ryuhei Kitamura, director of such great cult classics as "Versus" and "Azumi". And, while he may seem an odd choice for a kaiju-director, he makes the best of everything he's got to use. His cast is excellent, especially Kazuki Kitamura as the X-Alien leader who damn near stole the show, or rather, he would have if he didn't have to compete with the worst, but greatest actor ever- Don Frye. The clichéd action hero of the group, Frye rocked out loud delivering such great one-liners as "Listen Kid, there are two things you didn't know about the Earth. One's me, and the other's...Godzilla!". Sure, all his lines are delivered terribly, but that didn't matter. He was just a cool-as-ice presence on the screen. For the first since 1968's classic "Destroy All Monsters", the human characters actually seemed to matter in the film, doing more than just tracking monsters or building weapons. But, what about the monsters? Well, first of all, Kitamura breaks the "most monsters in a single movie" record set back in 1968 (over 12!) and brings back some of the fan favorites you've been dying to see again- King Caesar, Anguirus, Kumonga, and of course, the awesome cyber-kaiju, Gigan. The visuals in this movie are great, and the action is non-stop. The monster fights are stunning and cool, yet cheesy and campy at the same time. The suits (with the exception of maybe Caesar) are incredible, and Godzilla finally gets to trash monsters in the way we only imagined he could. Even Godzilla's adopted son Minilla (you know, the little aborted Godzilla fetus) gets some screen time that really makes you like the ugly little monster. The story is simple- Aliens try to take over the world with giant monsters. But it's executed with such style and raw power that the old clichéd story works so well, and even takes the liberty to poke fun of itself when it doesn't (the word "somehow" seems to get tossed around a lot!). Think of it as a going away party for a friend- you invite everyone you know, they bring their friends, and they bring even more friends, things get a little out of control, and in the end you're not really sure what happened, but you know it was an awesome once-in-a-lifetime ride. That pretty much sums the film up. All in all, I've never had more fun watching a Godzilla movie in my entire life. I don't know if Mr. Kitamura set out to make a great movie, but if his goal was to make the most entertaining film ever, then he succeeded and then some! Long live the King!

Reviewed by conor_kiley 5 / 10 / 10

Surprising Godzilla movie

A very unusual Godzilla film. It Moves very fast. The monster battles are not like any of the previous films and the human side of the story is as much a focus as the Monsters tale is and surprisingly it is interesting. It works mainly as an adrenaline rush though, it's cathartic. The "monsters" have a lean, muscular look and move fast- they are not the puffy slow moving beasts of the past. No long drawn out scenes of endless wrestling, this is more like boxing and Godzilla is the master dispatching them all. No need to be a fan to find it entertaining. This movie does something similar to what "Aliens" did way back in '86. It redefines Godzilla as an Action Hero and goes past what any casual viewer might expect. This is a hard core action film that never lets up and leaves you drained. The main negative is that it cribs way too much from the film "The Matrix". While Matrix lifted from Asian cinema generously, Final Wars does a Xerox of the copy and in several places has a tin ear regarding some things that are now considered trite and overused the world over. The movie is just a lot of fun.

Reviewed by UberNoodle 5 / 10 / 10

A Fun film that makes no excuses for being what it is!

First, before my review, I have address two points of contention about this film. For starters, the hero (Ozaki), besides having short black hair, black clothes and martial arts skills, no more resembles Keanu Reeves, than a brick resembles a prime-mover. His clothes may have similar pigmentation to the Matrix's Neo but in this film Ozaki is actually wearing white plastic body armour, and his military coat is dark green. Both he and Neo might share martial-arts knowledge. At least Ozaki is from the country that invented a large portion of it! Besides, I thought he looked MUCH more like Noah Wyle. If his coat had been white, perhaps people would say the film was ripping off ER. The second issue is about the 'Matrix style'. Since even the creators of those films admit that their style harvests greatly from manga, anime, and HK action movies, it would be fair to say that Final War's director, Ryuhei Kitamura is more influenced by his own culture than three blockbuster popcorn flicks. Stopping bullets with telepathy, psychic battles, gravity defying fights, and slow motion have been enjoyed in Japan and mainland Asia for a VERY long time. Unfortunately, many aspects of their fiction have been somewhat hijacked by Hollywood. The director shows many influences in this film, and it would foolish to deny that the Matrix did not play a part in shaping his approach. However, many film goers are simply unaware of the depth of The Matrix's own influences, and shouldn't attribute too much to them. Anyway, on to the review. Well, if you are seriously wanting to get anything out of this film, you should probably become a fan of Godzilla and Kaiju genre. Anyone else would probably mistake this film's style, steeped in Kaiju tradition, for faults. It is true that the special effects are mostly 'analogue', and that the monsters are NOT CGI (usually). Yes, they are men in suits wrestling in model cities, but is it a flaw? Heck no! This film is great entertainment, and even a little touching! The story is simple: a new force threatens the earth and sends monsters to destroy cities and crush humanity. What else? Luckily, the defenders of earth, a collection of mutants themselves, strive to combat the threat and restore peace. Godzilla herself may just be the only weapon left to mankind that could save the human race. And so stylistically this film is very SF. The human forces wear futuristic body armour and sport hightech weapons. There are flying battleships and alien spacecraft. This may be an angle that some fans don't agree with but atleasy the monsters are all here. I forget how many, but quite a few from the Godzilla bestiary return to wreak havoc, and there are some fantastic clashes between them. However, Final Wars is as much a human story as it is one of mass destruction at the hands of giants. Yes, that was a little difficult to say. But there is quite a lot of focus placed on the human protagonists this time. They are fighting a new and mysterious new foe. Many of the action sequences, and in fact often the longest ones, involve humans in hand-to-hand. Even if this raises the hackles of a few Kaiju fans, I can understand: bring on the rubber-suited titans and all that. Yet I think that this dual focus adds an engaging dramatic quotient to the film. The action sequences may also draw a few comparisons to a certain fizzled out sci-fi trilogy, and all I can I say to that, is written above. And the words "get", "over" and "it". The acting skill of the players varies between that of a seasoned performer to that of a pro-wrestler grapling with his lines. Oh wait, I think he is a pro-wrestler. I feel though, that if viewers are looking at acting skill in a film like this, they missing out on the bigger picture. Rest assured however, that this is definitely not like Devilman, where store-front manikins could have acted better. Reportably, Final Wars is an anniversary film, and it is, though doubtfully, the last in the Godzilla series. For that reason, regardless if it remains that way, I was very happy to see the film stay true to the heritage it is a part of. It provides a fitting farewell. There is something refreshing, watching rubber-suited actors trample miniature sets - actors pretending to be monsters, waving their claws about. Sure the such things are cheesy and yes the rest is overly stylised, but the film makes no excuses for that, and it shouldn't. Bring it on!

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