- 2 hr 19 min
In 1998's Godzilla, the renowned giant lizard makes his way to New York City, causing destruction and fear. The movie follows the attempts of Dr. Niko Tatopoulus (Matthew Broderick), a scientist studying radiation's effects on wildlife, and a team of military personnel led by French secret agent Philippe RoachÃ© (Jean Reno) to stop Godzilla from causing more devastation.
The movie opens with a fishing boat being destroyed by an unknown creature in the South Pacific. A few days later, Dr. Tatopoulos is summoned to Panama to investigate the remains of a creature that has apparently been mutated by radiation. He concludes that the creature is a mutant iguana and that it is pregnant. The creature disappears, and shortly thereafter, a giant lizard emerges from the sea and starts making its way across the Pacific Ocean towards North America.
The military is called in to stop the creature, and Dr. Tatopoulos is recruited to help capture it. Along the way, they discover that the creature is actually a result of nuclear testing in the South Pacific and has been feeding on fish contaminated by radiation. They also uncover an elaborate scheme by the French government to capture and study Godzilla for their own purposes.
As Godzilla makes his way to New York City, the military tries various tactics to stop him, including a high-tech chase through the streets of Manhattan and a battle with Apache helicopters. Meanwhile, Dr. Tatopoulos and his team discover that Godzilla is building a nest in Madison Square Garden and that the eggs are about to hatch.
The movie culminates in a showdown between the military and Godzilla in the heart of the city. While the creature causes widespread destruction, Dr. Tatopoulos comes up with a plan to prevent the baby Godzillas from escaping the Garden and causing even more devastation.
The special effects in the movie, including the rendering of Godzilla itself, are impressive and realistic. The human characters are also well-developed, with especially strong performances by Broderick and Reno. The movie's plot has been criticized for its similarities to Jurassic Park, but it still provides plenty of action and suspense.
Overall, Godzilla is a thrilling and well-made monster movie that will appeal to fans of the genre.
Godzilla is a 1998 science fiction movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 19 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.4 and a MetaScore of 32.