Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)

Posted: December 27, 2014 in Movie Review
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Godzilla 2000: Millenium (1999)

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Directed By: Takao Okawara

Starring: Takehiro Murata, Naomi Nishida, Shiro Sano, Hiroshi Abe, Mayu Suzuki

Synopsis: Godzilla battles an alien spaceship and the giant alien monster Orga.

Thoughts: Shortly after the much maligned American blockbuster came out in 1998, the rights to Godzilla went back across the ocean to Japan, where they knew better than to make the big green guy look like a velociraptor.

Godzilla 2000 served as a reboot to the franchise and essentially ignored all previous entries of the series, although the story line is very familiar. Godzilla is a constant threat to Japan, always threatening to destroy a city while the government frantically researches ways to destroy him. Of course there is another faction looking to research and understand Godzilla.

Godzilla ends up battling a recently discovered UFO, which is after Godzilla’s DNA. The aliens use the DNA to reform their bodies, but when combined with Earth’s atmosphere, the alien’s morph into the giant monster Orga. This was a rather obvious turn of events, because no one wanted to see Godzilla fight a UFO. The price of admission HAS to include Godzilla fighting another giant monster.

Orga is a pretty serious looking opponent, but lacks the screen presence and charm of some of Godzilla’s most memorable opponents. This is re-enforced by the fact that this was Orga’s one and only appearance in a Godzilla flick (to date).

Like many of the Godzilla movies, Godzilla 2000 was dubbed for a North American release, but unlike most of the other movies, it actually had a theatrical run (although very limited). The American version is slightly shorter, with the edits actually improving the pacing, but the dubbing has a much campier tone to it. This resulted in the Japanese version being more serious in tone.

There’s a lot to like about Godzilla 2000. It’s very well made, with a good storyline and pretty good effects. For some reason though, this movie just doesn’t stick with me. I think a lot of that has to do with Orga being so nondescript. I also prefer the classic monsters like Ghidorah or Rodan.

If you’re a Godzilla fan, chances are high that you’ve seen this already, but if not, it’s worth watching (as almost all of them are), but it isn’t real high on my list. For collector’s Sony has released a nice version of this under their Toho Godzilla collection, which I’ve happily added to my own collection as well.

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