There is a new "Godzilla" movie coming. Most people will groan when they hear this because of the Matthew Broderick movie from 1998. However, that movie was directed by Roland Emmerich, a man who only knows how to destroy things on film.
According to Dread Central, the new movie is coming from Gareth Edwards. If you have never heard that name, you are in for a treat.
Gareth Edwards captured monster movie lovers' attention with his 2010 movie, simply titled "Monsters." Edwards worked as an animator for years before taking the chance on his own live-action feature. He then grabbed an unknown actor, Scott McNairy, and the actor's girlfriend, Whitney Able, and created a monster movie, with all the effects made on his own computer. It was the ultimate low-budget film, costing an estimated $800,000.00.
While never meant to be a box office triumph, "Monsters" was a big hit on home video. The movie also went on to become a critical darling among horror movie fans and mainstream critics alike. "Monsters" picked up a nomination for a BAFTA for best debut movie by a British director, and won three British Independent Film Awards.
The movie featured McNairy as Andrew, a journalist in Mexico asked by his boss to find and transport his daughter Samantha back home. In the world of the movie, aliens crashed to earth and immediately attacked the United States. A giant border with military forces kept the monsters in Mexico but safe travel between the countries was far too expensive. The heroes opt to take to the country to make it back home, but unfortunately that is where most of the aliens reside.
Edwards did a wonderful job keeping the monsters in the background and focusing on the human plight of trying to survive and get back home. When he did show the monsters, they were so impressive that it is hard to believe the filmmaker did it for so cheap. However, that makes him the perfect director for "Godzilla."
The original "Godzilla" is a true sci-fi classic; even the Criterion Collection released a pristine edition of the movie in 2012. Released in 1954, the movie featured a monster created by fallout from the atomic bombs that ended World War II. Over the years, the origin has slightly changed to be due to pollution or chemical reactions, but the original creation was a devastating weapon created by hatred and hostility, a metaphor for weapons of mass destruction.
When looking at "Monsters," it is clear there is a slight allegory between the monsters in Mexico and the border arisen to keep them out of America. Hopefully when the new "Godzilla" hits theaters it is not a watered down version of a sci-fi movie, but focuses on real world issues.
While there is little reason to get excited about a new "Godzilla" movie -- based in no small part on past results -- the addition of Edwards as the director makes it an upcoming movie to keep an eye on.
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