Godzilla 2000

Theatrical Release: August 18, 2000
DVD Release: December 26, 2000
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Synopsis

It’s Godzilla versus an alien life form just aroused from its 6,000 year sleep in the depths of the Japan trench. Two hundred meters wide and shaped like a rock, the alien flies over the Japanese archipelago and attacks Godzilla, who has just crushed the entire city of Nemuro. Can Godzilla’s furious heat beam destroy the gigantic UFO? Is this alien life form an enemy, and is there a future for humans?

Dove Review

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside without buildings falling on you, watch out! Godzilla is back! Contrary to popular belief, “Godzilla 2000” is not a sequel to the big-budget American movie with really bad reviews that came out a couple of years ago. This one comes to us by way of Japan, their 23rd installment in the Godzilla series.

I think any true fan of Godzilla movies will really appreciate this one. It’s just as cheesy and funny as all of its predecessors. Also, as always, the poor dubbing from Japanese to American is one of the most entertaining parts of the movie.

Godzilla movies are not known to have much in the way of plots. In “Godzilla 2000,” an alien life form has come to Earth and tries to clone Godzilla to take on his form, along with his regenerative cells. You end up rooting for Godzilla as he tries to protect the humans from the alien, and we are reminded that “there is a little bit of Godzilla in each one of us” (a line that got a lot of laughs)!

There is a lot of destruction in the movie as Godzilla walks through countless buildings and basically destroys Tokyo and as Tokyo fires everything they can think of, including missiles, at the big reptile. They manage to only show one death in all of this, and that one is basically just implied. This is fun good-versus-evil escapist fare for the whole family. Hopefully, the younger generation will be able to appreciate the intended humor of it.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: B-1; A-2; expletives-4.
Violence: A lot of weaponry is fired upon Godzilla; bad guy punches someone, just before he gets killed; lots of explosives, but you can tell most of it is fake; some people get some bumps and bruises during the destruction, but nothing major; the bad guy gets killed, but we don't really see it: Godzilla puts his foot down, we see the ground fall, and the guy isn't there anymore.
Drugs: Bad guy smokes once, just before he gets killed.
Nudity: None
Other: None

Info

Company: Tri-Star Pictures
Director: Takao Okawara
Producer: Shogo Tomiyama
Genre: Action
Runtime: 97 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright