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GODZILLA MINUS ONE

"Stirring Redemptive, Pro-Life Action Movie"

What You Need To Know:

GODZILLA MINUS ONE is a Japanese monster movie. At the end of World War II, a Japanese pilot named Shikishima refuses to go on a suicidal kamikaze mission. Then, Shikishima survives an attack on his airbase by a huge reptilian monster. Godzilla kills everyone except him and a mechanic. Shikishima’s guilt follows him to Tokyo, where he discovers his parents were killed in an Allied bombing. Building his new civilian life, he takes care of a young woman named Noriko and her adopted child. Their lives are threatened when Godzilla appears again.

GODZILLA MINUS ONE delivers a stirring drama where Godzilla is, surprisingly, not the movie’s most interesting element. At its core, the movie shows how wounds of guilt and trauma can be healed by love, forgiveness and the belief that every human life has value and deserves to continue. GODZILLA MINUS ONE is a remarkably written and crafted picture. It not only leads viewers to an epic battle between a war-torn pilot and his monstrous nemesis, but also through a deep, internal crisis within the hero. Caution is advised for older children.

Content:

(CC, BBB, PP, ACAC, L, VV)

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong redemptive worldview with very strong moral pro-life values and strong conservative patriotic, anti-statist values promotes sacrifice, forgiveness, protecting life, service, family, loving family relationships, the value of life, service, and urges people to be self-sufficient and take responsibility for their country instead of relying on the government

Foul Language:
One “d” word and one “h” word

Violence:
Strong and sometimes intense, scary action violence includes large-scale destruction from Godzilla knocking over buildings and stepping on people and things, and there’s some blood and injury and death when people are eaten, stepped on, or struck by Godzilla

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Nothing else objectionable.

More Detail:

GODZILLA MINUS ONE is a Japanese action monster film in the popular Godzilla media franchise. The story is set in the mid-1940s, shortly after the conclusion of World War Two. Shikishima, a kamikaze pilot deployed on a suicide mission, grounds his plane on Odo Island, pretending to have a mechanical failure to avoid certain death. Shortly after the island’s mechanic crew discovers his desertion, a huge reptilian monster climbs onto the beach and rips their base apart, killing everyone except Shikishima and Tachibana, one of the mechanics. Tachibana blames Shikishima for the attack.

Shikishima’s guilt follows him back to Tokyo, where he discovers his parents were killed in an Allied bombing of the city. Building his new civilian life, he takes care of a young woman named Noriko and her adopted child, Akiko. He provides for his ad hoc family by taking a job on a small boat, disarming mines left by the Allies in Japanese waters during the war.

Shikishima and his crewmates encounter Godzilla again, now much larger and stronger, and headed straight for the Japanese archipelago. Although they escape, they’re powerless to stop the monster from leveling the coastal city where Noriko works. She sacrifices herself to shove Shikishima behind a building large enough to protect him from Godzilla’s destruction.

Enraged at the loss of the woman he loves and frustrated by the Japanese government’s refusal to take action, Shikishima joins a group of fellow veterans who aim to take matters into their own hands. They send Shikishima up in an experimental aircraft to lure Godzilla over the deepest point near Japan, where their ships will be assembled to send the beast to a watery grave. However, Shikishima’s plane requires the help of an expert mechanic to become airworthy. He contacts the bitter Tachibana.

Can he convince Tachibana to help him? And, can they destroy Godzilla?

American Godzilla films may be synonymous with CGI excesses and weakly-written destruction-fests, but GODZILLA MINUS ONE delivers a stirring drama where Godzilla is, surprisingly, not nearly the most interesting element of the film. At its core, GODZILLA MINUS ONE is about the enormous trauma and guilt that accompany surviving a terrible war, and how those wounds can be healed by love, forgiveness and the belief that every human life has value and deserves to continue to live. This remarkably written and crafted picture escorts the audience not only to an epic battle between a war-torn pilot and his monstrous nemesis, but to a deep, internal crisis within a man who fights to believe that he deserves to exist.

GODZILLA MINUS ONE necessarily depicts the violence and chaos that come from an unprecedented disaster in populated areas. However, it lacks other objectionable content and contains strong redemptive, moral values. For example, it promotes sacrifice, forgiveness, loving family relationships, service, and the value of life. It also urges people to be self-sufficient and take responsibility for their country instead of relying on the government. The positive values and high entertainment value in GODZILLA MINUS ONE make this movie an edifying viewing choice for mature audiences, including teenagers and some older children, who may benefit from watching life win out over death and destruction.

That said, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.