The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Millie Bobby Brown
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
A washed up monster chaser convinces the U.S. Government to fund a trip to an unexplored island in the South Pacific. Under the guise of geological research, the team travels to "Skull Island". Upon arrival, the group discover that their mission may be complicated by the wildlife which inhabits the island. The beautiful vistas and deadly creatures create a visually stunning experience that is sure to keep your attention.Written by
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts fell in love with Vietnam while visiting the country during location scouting for the movie. He ended up moving to Saigon after completing the movie, which was going well until a night out last September. While visiting a nightclub called XOXO, Vogt-Roberts was viciously attacked: "This was not a fight", he tells QQ. "I was almost killed, as were others. This was a fucking assault by insane gangsters." The filmmaker sustained contusions, a fractured skull, a cerebral air pocket, and hemorrhaging, resulting in a ten-day hospital stay and the possibility of permanent brain damage. The article's description of the surveillance footage states that "a tall guy with an expensive-looking haircut walks up and grabs the bearded man's shoulder", with the bearded man being Vogt-Roberts. He turns around and about a dozen bodies swarm him, landing punches, flipping tables, throwing glasses, bludgeoning him while he curls on the ground. The scene, one continuous, unbearable ten-minute take, ends with as many as nine mauled clubgoers on the floor. "As a director, I love violent movies," Vogt-Roberts says. "And I love fight scenes. But after I watched that shit, I was just in fucking shock." "I remember I wasn't being an asshole, I wasn't instigating. I remember getting punched in the fucking side of the face. But you never fucking know. You're out at a fucking nightclub." Vogt-Roberts, who's been a Tourism Ambassador for Vietnam since his time making this movie began looking into who might be responsible for the assault, learning that they could indeed be powerful mobsters. See more »
The satellite that produced the imagery is called Landsat in the film. The satellite launched in 1972 was called Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS). Its name was changed to Landsat in 1975, two years after the film was set. See more »
Mark my words. There'll never be a more screwed up time in Washington. But we can't let it stop us.
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The IMAX intro for the film features the statement "Kong is King", a trip through Skull Island vistas, and Kong's roar. See more »
Visually impressive but otherwise mediocre kaiju yarn
Similar to a number of Godzilla films from the '90's, 'Kong' turns out to be a guardian monster (despite the carnage with which he greets Samuel Jackson's crew of tough 'Nam vets) who protects humans from some existential threat, in this case, vicious two-legged lizard-kaiju ('Skullcrawlers') from the bowels of the Earth. The film follows the usual trajectory: John Goodman assembles a team of soldiers, a retired SAS spook, a bunch of generic scientists, and hot-shot female photographer to travel to Skull Island, the last undiscovered land on the planet, as part of his obsession to find evidence for a hollow earth and giant monsters. After a 'first act' of mood-drenched slow-mo shots of helicopters, classic 60/70's rock and roll, tough-guy posturing, bro-bonding, and fish-out-of-water shtick, they get to the titular Island, where things immediately go bad. The expedition promptly gets split into two (one group learns the truth, the other is consumed by a need for revenge). All of this sets up a series of action scenes where humans (ineffectively) and Kong (effectively) fight the skullcrawlers. The film is not connected to the original King Kong story and Kong himself is not intended to be a giant gorilla, but rather the last of some primordial species. As such, while his head is certainly gorilla-like, his body and posture is more like a very hairy Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with simian hands and feet. Despite this odd hybrid status, the titular kaiju looks very good and the CGI for both him and his adversaries is outstanding, as is the scenery (real and otherwise) seen at the beginning of the film. Unfortunately, the story is not as good as the visuals, relying on too many improbabilities, contrivances, and coincidences to be taken seriously. An entertaining, but not memorable film with little 'watch it again' appeal.
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