Godzilla is a 1998 science fiction monster disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. It is a loose remake of the 1954 giant monster classic Godzilla. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin. The film relates to a fictional tale involving a nuclear incident in the South Pacific which causes an abnormal mutation to occur in a reptile. The beast migrates to North America and wreaks havoc on Manhattan. Incorporated in the plot is the character of Dr. Niko Tatopoulos, played by actor Matthew Broderick. Tatopoulos, an American scientist whose work involves the effects of exposed nuclear radiation on species; is recruited by the military to help contain and subdue the creature referred to as "Godzilla". The ensemble cast also features Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn, along with French actor Jean Reno in principal supporting roles. The film was a co-production between the motion picture studios of Centropolis Entertainment and TriStar Pictures. It was commercially distributed by TriStar Pictures theatrically, and by Sony Pictures Entertainment for home media.
The sad thing about this Godzilla pic is that the credits don’t mention an actor playing the monster so you have to say the movie stars Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria and Kevin Dunn instead of a man dressed as a really big lizard. Godzilla’s 1998 version, which will forever be remembered as the first one not to feature a Japanese extra mouthing 16 words when all you hear is ‘Look: Godzilla!’, is a film that earns the same notoriety that all of the other movies in the pantheon do: It’s incredibly dumb and inexplicably enjoyable, especially when the monster stomps New York. Since Godzilla has always had a cult following, and since the cult following has always talked about how Godzilla can be viewed as an allegory of post-World-War-II Japanese history, you can view this American Godzilla in the following frame of mind: Godzilla represents the final step of post-war Japan to saddle us with a byproduct of American nuclear waste. The Japanese have gotten beyond the point where Godzilla is their protector. They have made Godzilla their Tiger games: A cheap, exportable product that will attempt to turn a profit in the U.S.