Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
Godzilla Final Wars has been described as a remake of the classic Godzilla film, Destroy All Monsters–and to a degree, this is correct. However, my first impression is that it’s more along the lines of Power Rangers meet Godzilla. Godzilla appears in a flashback during the first few minutes of the film, in a fight with the human combat ship Gotengo, burying him in ice at the South Pole decades before the time of the movie — and he then isn’t seen for the next hour of the movie.
Gigan – cybernetic creature equipped with a buzz saw and hook-like hands
- Hedorah – also known as the Smog Monster
- Zilla, aka. the American Godzilla from the film of the same name, starring Matthew Broderick
- Rodan – giant flying pterosaur
- Ebirah – giant crab-like creature, aka. the Sea Monster
- Anguirus – armadillo-like dinosaur, and frequent ally of Godzilla
- King Caesar – dog/lion/lizard creature
- Manda – a large, serpentine creature
- Kamacuras – a giant praying mantis
- Kumonga – a giant spider
The plot is
The EDF’s struggles against the Xilians
- The revived Godzilla’s attacks against the various monsters, culminating in a fight against Monster X, who is secretly one of Godzilla’s greatest foes — with a helping hand (or wing) from Mothra
- An aged grandfather and his grandson, who rescue Godzilla Jr. (called “Milla” in this film), who play a crucial role in the end of the movie
Editorial review of Godzilla Final wars, courtesy of Amazon.com
Movie quotes from Godzilla: Final Wars
M-Facility Soldier Kazama: Hey, wait. Why did you hold back? You think you would beat me?
Earth Defense Force Soldier Shin’ichi zaki: No. No, you’re the winner.
M-Facility Soldier Kazama: Hey, listen. Just remember one thing: In real combat, it’s all about killing. You can’t listen to your conscience on the battlefield.
Earth Defense Force Soldier Shin’ichi zaki: If we don’t have a conscience, how can we protect people?
M-Facility Soldier Kazama: Your trouble is you’re too soft. Look, we’re mutants, okay? We were born to fight and that’s that. We’re not here to protect. You better remember that.
[he turns around to see the young, beautiful biologist standing there]
UN Molecular Biologist Miyuki Otonashi: I think you’ll find I’m not cranky at all.
M-Facility Soldier Kazama: [confronting a Xilian in human disguise] Watch it, X-Man!
The Controller of Planet X: Well, I kind of like this face. It’s handsome … for cattle.
The Controller of Planet X: Resistance is futile.
Douglas Gordon: The world is ruined, and the war is already lost. Now it’s a matter of pride. We either die hiding … or die fighting.
Douglas Gordon: Hmph. The Gotengo’s our last hope, you say? Nope, you’re wrong. Our last hope is here.
[points to map]
UN Molecular Biologist Miyuki Otonashi: The South Pole?
Earth Defense Force Soldier Shin’ichi zaki: Area G?
Major Komuro: [to Gordan] You’re going to wake up Godzilla?
Douglas Gordon: Godzilla. The most destructive weapon on Earth.
Major Komuro: It’s too dangerous. What if he destroys the world?
Douglas Gordon: There is no world left to be destroyed.
Douglas Gordon: This final mission will decide the fate of the human race. This is Operation: Final War.
Douglas Gordon: Listen kid, there are two things you didn’t know about the Earth. One is me. And the other is”¦ Godzilla.
The Controller of Planet X: [after Godzilla defeats Ã¢â¬ËZilla’] I knew that tuna-eating monster was useless!
Douglas Gordon: Then that’s it. Godzilla can handle the monsters. I’m going to kick that Xillian kid’s ass.
Douglas Gordon: Hey. I thought I told you guys to get back to the ship.
Samon Taguchi, Kenta’s grandfather: [to Godzilla] Hey, Godzilla! It’s over. You must forgive.
UN Molecular Biologist Miyuki Otonashi: Thank goodness. It’s all over at last.