Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno
Writers: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Distributor: Centropolis Entertainment, Columbia TriStar Pictures (now Sony TriStar Pictures)
Movie Rating: PG-13
The American-made movie was Godzilla only in name; the take on Godzilla is fundamentally different than that of the original films. That being said, had this movie been a new franchise, it would've been more successful, since the largest complaint about it was that it took good old Godzilla out of context.
Godzilla is the byproduct of nuclear accident; its presence is discovered after it lays waste to a Japanese fishing trawler. Dr. Niko Tatopoulos, a scientist studying radiation's effects on wildlife, investigates the attack on the ship by request of the US Government. He identifies Godzilla's origins, and soon tries to stop the creature from laying waste to the entirety of New York City.
The special effects and animation made the movie highly watchable. While the characters fell short of depth, they were above average for an action/science fiction film.