Movie Preview – GODZILLA (2014)

9 04 2014

Godzilla (Legendary Pictures - 2014)

Four years, four years of waiting have finally come to a point. What started off as a rumour, then a green light then about two maybe three years’ worth of waiting finally came to a head this past December, and finally we are now on the final stretch. In just over a months’ time, the biggest, film of the year finally arrives. To quote a trailer from 15 years ago –

“HIS POWER IS UNEQUALED, HIS BATTLES ARE LEGENDARY, HIS RETURN IS NEAR”.

Yes it really has been four years of waiting for this film to come out (even though in retrospect it has been 10 years). Since 1998 when the world was, well, blotted by the appearance of a film which was directed by a man who was hot off the presses with a sci-fi film that at the time was the second highest grossing film in history, wanting to do something else but was given another film to do, and did everything wrong; when the name of a certain cultural icon was said it was met by enthusiasm from those who were fans, but then disappointment bursted in when those who spoke that word, meant the above stated 1998 incarnation, and because of this blot on the previously stated cultural icon, it has been a hard life. Now though, things are surely going to be a lot different for many years to come when people say the word Godzilla.

Godzilla 1954 - Present

While I could go into the history of what has happened in the leading up to this, this is a preview not a nostalgia thingy. So, here goes.

Godzilla Beach

Produced by Legendary Pictures in Association with Warner Bros. and of course TOHO. This new Godzilla film is a reboot to the American Godzilla series that was somewhat planned in 1996. Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull has stated many a time that this film is going to be done properly, like what a fan of Godzilla will want to see. Of course the film will do away with the iconic suit-motion for CGI but the design of the creature will follow the design of the iconic TOHO beast. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards whose directorial debut was back in 2010 with Monsters, which afterwards he was given this job. The story is provided by Expendables Writer David Callahan with Max Borenstein putting the flesh and muscles as well as doses of radiation to the story with extra help here and there provided by Batman Begins writer David S. Goyer and The Shawshank Redemption director; Frank Darabont. The story as stated by Legendary Pictures states that the film will be;

“An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence”.

In many a way as well as confirmed by the acting and production teams, this film will return to the roots of the original 1954 film, but brought into the present but will honour and respect the important values of the title monster including his connections to the horror as well as the destructive power of nuclear weapons while not forgetting mans desirable idea to control nature but always ultimately failing.

Godzilla 2014 Nuclear

The films cast is made up of an interesting blend of actors including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins and David Strathairn as well as a planned cameo appearance from Godzilla Veteran Akira Takarada. The films score is being produced by Alexandre Desplat who has worked on The King’s Speech and the last two harry potter films and describes the soundtrack as a “non-stop fortissimo, with lots of brass, Japanese drums, and electric violin”. I wonder if we are going to get some Akira Ifukube music as well?

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson

From what has so far been shown via the teasers, this film is going to be unlike any film since possibly Jaws. The trailers tease at the fact that there is something there but rarely show the creature himself. The trailers show a path of destruction sweeping throughout the entire world with connotations from nuclear testing in the 1950’s which leads to that brilliant line from Ken Watanabe’s character (Dr Serizawa, the name of a character from the original 1954 film):

“They were trying to kill it”.

This wave of disaster then erupts with shots from places around the world including a nuclear power plant collapsing, tidal waves and San Francisco on fire. Throughout the trailers also is a soundtrack of something horrifying as well as mysterious meaning that something is leading up to something horrifying, destructive and unstoppable. And that is when we finally see, sometimes just an outline, other times a good glimpse of the BIG G himself with an impressive, if maybe new; almighty roar.

Then there is the other monsters. We know that there is going to be more than one monster. Yes, Godzilla will be fighting two monsters whose identities are still as yet unknown. What we do know, is that they are both being called MUTO’s and neither of them will have any relation (as far as we can tell) to any TOHO Monster. So probably no King Ghidorah………this time. From the trailer though we can see two distinct objects, one in the sky looking like a bird and another which might be a giant spider. And while that does sound like Rodan and Kumonga, I highly doubt that they are.

Kumonga and Rodan

With new information and mini trailer snippets now becoming more and more common, we know that the film is only weeks away now. From everything that has been reported and shown to this date, it is clear that this is a film that cannot go past anyone’s gaze and while there is still the uncertainty of whether or not this film might just go as a repeat to the 1998 incident, there is one thing we can be sure of, that Legendary are doing it properly, even the title character looks like his Japanese Ancestor.

2014 Monster

GODZILLA IS BACK.

GENEPOOL





Film News – The Outsider

12 03 2014

13 Assassins (Toho Co., Ltd. - 2010)

Some of you may probably not know about The Outsider. It was this interesting looking film which when announced sounded quite promising. The film’s plot revolves around the idea of a former POW (Prisoner Of War) in post World War 2 Japan who rises up through the ranks in the Yakuza. Based on an idea by John Linson (Sons of Anarchy) the plot makes it sound really interesting in its own right and after what happened with 47 Ronin, sounded very promising. But the most exciting thing about the film came from news about who was to star in it and who was to direct it. The film was to star Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) and to be directed by Japanese Movie Master as well as one of the most prolific directors in cinema today, Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Ichi the Killer).

Tom Hardy and Takashi Miike

So with one of the finest actors in cinema today teaming up with one of the world’s most renowned directors in the world today teaming up on a film that in its own right, sounded amazing, I was really looking forward to The Outsider. Sadly however there has been some unfortunate news. It turns out that Tom Hardy has left the project while production was underway, as a result the film needed to find a new star, and as this caused scheduling difficulties, it means that Takashi Miike is no longer available to direct. So the film has no lead and no director.

Ryuhei Kitamura and Bong Joon-ho

As far as I know, the film is still to be produced, so I thought I would give my own take on how this whole situation can be turned around. If the studio wants to get the proper direction, then a local director would be best, so this leaves two options. Either wait until Takashi Miike is available again or find another prolific director in the area. One name that comes to my mind is  Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus). While he has not made as many films as Miike, (Kitamura = 16, Miike = 85+), I think Kitamura is the man for the job as he is one of the country’s top directors at the moment, and if it is the case that Kitamura is not interested, well, while he may not be Japanese, The Outsider’s producers could look into asking Bong Joon-ho (The Host). As for a replacement for Hardy, well, why not Mark Strong (Sherlock Homes, Welcome To The Punch). I think it would work quite well.

Mark Strong

I really do hope though that The Outsider gets produced, it sounds really good and has a lot of potential, providing it comes together alright.

GENEPOOL





Godzilla News – Main Trailer

26 02 2014

Godzilla 2014 (Legendary Pictures - 2014)

Back in early December, if you had your eyes on YouTube or at the same time, this blog, you may have seen this (alternatively if you had not been looking at YouTube or this blog, you may not have seen this).

That’s right, the first trailer for the new Legendary Pictures Godzilla film. The trailer depicted a bunch of paratroopers falling out of the sky and descending upon San Francisco when a large shadow is spotted. The trailer then showed other scenes from the upcoming film including scenes of the films cast before showing a dusty image with something moving behind it then roaring. Well almost three months have passed but now a new and main trailer for the biggest film this year was released yesterday. Well, let’s not hang about, let’s take a look.

The new trailer looks amazing. It opens up with a conversation, ok, more like rambling from one of the film’s main cast; Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, and one other unidentified character. He talks of something that is coming, with scenes of mass devastation to put meat on the bones. Then there are water shots of water’s rising and flooding a city. This is then followed on by talk from Ken Watanabe who talks to another as yet unidentified character about something that appeared in 1954 (interesting choice of date) and that the testing of nuclear weapons in the area were attempts to kill the thing and not actually tests. The trailer then shows more scenes of devastation with planes falling out of the sky, giant explosions in the distance, san Francisco on fire, giant animal bones. And then it all wraps up with city scenes, a giant roar and the appearance of the film’s main star.

Godzilla 1954

The trailer is amazing It, in itself is a teaser trailer as the film talks about something, something coming, something that appeared, something they tried to kill, it then shows scenes of devastation plus a soundtrack which sounds absolutely horrifying, then build into this little teaser’s or tasters of a creature of gigantic proportions, and not just big, REALLY BIG, and then wrap it all off with his blood curdling roar, and then an appearance from him. We got something mega special with the teaser trailer a few months ago, this just adds to it.

Godzilla Beach

There is now less than three months to go until this film is released, but already, I am impressed, both as a viewer and a Godzilla fan. It is still going to be a case of wait until the film comes out and then see what happens; but already, I think it’s better than that 1998 film, and that is a good sign.

Godzilla San Francisco

GENEPOOL (Any chance of seeing his atomic breath anytime soon?).





Movie Preview: Pacific Rim

27 05 2013

Pacific Rim (Legendary Pictures - 2013)

It is now just a little more than a month until the Biggest Movie Release of the year. Forget Superman (no seriously, just forget about it), forget Star Trek (that too), forget Iron Man 3, and while there are several more films to be released this year, they don’t match in comparison to the years real big show. From Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II and Hellboy) in collaboration with Legendary Pictures; The Monster Movie returns with the release of Pacific Rim.

Jaeger

I first heard about this film when I was looking up the Actor Idris Elba wondering when Luther or Thor 2 was going to be released. Well after some further reading I heard about this film. I looked it up but could not find much. It was only just before The End Of The World, when my Mam showed me a trailer she had seen that I got hooked with the film. Further reading I did into my early knowledge of the film also told me that Guillermo del Toro was directing and the film would also be starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, “The first Japanese actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in 50 years” – Wikipedia). The film will also star Burn Gorman (Torchwood), Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Ellen McLain who will be providing the same voice as GLaDOS from the Video Game Portal.

The idea of the film is about Giant Robots known as Jaegers defending Humanity from Giant Monsters called Kaiju (a reference to Japanese Monster Movies). It has only been through the trailers for the film and some pictures found Online that I have been able to get an idea of what this film is going to be like. The more recent trailers show a really artistic approach to the film, while the previous trailers have also done this to some perspective, well it wouldn’t be a Guillermo del Toro film without some artistic look about it. The film’s effects look Fantastic, The Jaegers have a great sense of scale about them, the trailers show how big they are through a select group of scenes, like towards the end of the main trailer where one is dragging an oil tanker. The design for the Jaegers themselves differ from what country they belong too and it is nice to see the various designs for them. As for the Kaiju, they look absolutely superb, absolutely magnificent. Some of the best CGI Monsters produced to date (and I have yet to see the film).

Kaiju Carrier

The film’s ideas are another point of mention. The idea that the monsters came from the sea instead of from space as it usually is for most American Monster Movies. Also, giving the monsters a collective name gives the creatures personality (something learned from Japanese Monster Movies) which gives them a more interesting back story than constantly referring to them as an it or a the. Another idea is that ordinary weapons are useless which is one that is used in all Japanese Monster Movies and so a specific weapon is needed to combat the monsters. The control of the weapons is another interesting point as the robots are not remote-controlled like drones and are instead controlled from within and to do this as best as possible requires a huge amount of teamwork and so this brings in the idea that the film does not follow the life of one super hero type character and instead requires the majority over the few to save the day.

I absolutely love the idea of this film. I love Giant Monster Movies and the film arrives at an interesting point, as in that in Less than a year from this film’s release is the release of another Legendary Pictures Monster Movie – GODZILLA. It is now only over a month away until the wait is finally over, I am so excited.

GENEPOOL








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