Look, we had our fun in 2014, but let's be real - Americans (and the Chinese markets who undoubtedly have a stake in these productions) shouldn't make Godzilla movies. This mythos belongs to Japan, because it was a franchise born out of the pain we caused them by vaporizing two of their cities in an effort to "end the war" (when in reality it was a post-surrender flex because America is a nightmare country and has been since its inception).…
The first 10 minutes is a horror film all by itself, but including it feels like breaking the camel's back before it even starts walking. War is hell... but what if there were also super zombies? I usually don't care for these uber-gore spins on genre films, but here it's the element that works best. Start the movie as soon as the troops land and you've got something a little more free of its own trappings.
So, let me get this straight - a bunch of hippies from San Francisco started a traveling theater group which evolved into a desert commune which then evolved into sea-faring nomads who partnered with an oil baron to gentrify foreign countries and eventually started a questionable $200 million science project that would end up being raided by said oil baron after he partnered up with white supremacist Steve Bannon in a hostile purge?
Let's just say this doc has some MAJOR framing issues.
Review from the Louisiana International Film Festival premiere
Damn me for liking this movie. The first 25 minutes tried REALLY hard to get me to walk out, but by that point I realized that the story was actually doing a good job of... being a story. And the characters were well-rounded. And the romance wasn't contrived. And it was (mostly) uphill from there. I'm genuinely happy that this film was a literal surprise (this was a secret screening held under lock and key until the moment it ran onscreen) and that I was not expecting to see it.