This is the second film in a new series of Godzilla films that embraces the digital era; a crisp image, computer effects and attempted photo-realism. The actors do surprisingly well but the characters are still rigid and stereotyped. Some scenes seem right out of a slasher movie, courtesy of an invasion by creatures previously seen in 1956’s Rodan.
While the production value is admirable and despite the new numeric tricks pulled, practical effects are still heavily used. This is good! The camera is beautifully handled; more so than Godzilla 2000, the sequel that came out one year prior. There is an interesting secondary storyline involving a human-generated wormhole. This exaggeration reminds us we’re watching a genuine Toho product.
The key action scenes are remarkable and evenly paced. The slow moments in between aren't as flat as they once were. The human subplot gives us a taste of just how horrifying the invasion is, but it could do better. While some of the superposition effects are amusing, others are butchered, abusively slowed down. This has always been the price to pay for more kaiju madness!