Global warming meets Godzilla – global warming wins

The belief that AGW can be rolled back by evidence is a quaint enlightenment notion that has had about as much evidence as global warming. Apparently, the new Godzilla film is drenched in AGW and anti-nuclear sentiments as well. The title of the review explains the rest: Suspend your reality for Godzilla: It’s an anti-global-warming alarmism smash.

The film opens at a huge quarry, where humanity’s insatiable thirst for fossil fuels (or diamonds or platinum or something) has uncovered a terrifying secret: a pair of radioactive MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms). The point here, nominally, is that man brings about his own destruction by despoiling the planet. However, it’s worth noting that the one of the MUTOs immediately attacks a nuclear power plant, while the other, later, attacks a repository of nuclear waste. In this, the MUTOs feel like close cousins of the worst of the greens, those folks who demand action on climate change yet mindlessly attack nuclear power—the sole technology that could allow us to maintain our standard of living while reducing carbon emissions.

As the film progresses, the intellectual center of the picture is revealed to be Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe), who takes an almost zen-like approach to the MUTOs. He believes that Godzilla, who he has been searching for his entire adult life, is not a threat to humanity but a part of Earth’s natural biosphere. The giant lizard exists to “restore balance.” Serizawa also laments the “arrogance of man” for thinking he can control nature; the good doctor believes that the only way to stop the rampaging MUTOs is to let Godzilla fight them and kill them, to let nature run its course. The leaders of men disagree, opting to try and gather all three of the giant creatures into the same area off America’s west coast, where they will be destroyed by a thermonuclear warhead. This plan backfires, leading to a nuke threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of San Franciscans.

Etc, etc etc. Anyway, great cinematography. And since it’s only a movie, what possible influence could it have?

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53 Responses to Global warming meets Godzilla – global warming wins

  1. H B Bear

    I’m looking forward to the Australian taxpayer funded remake where Godzilla is replaced by an 80 foot high Gina Rhinehart and is only defeated by the combined efforts of Tim Flannery, Roy Slaven, Adam Bandt and Christine Milne.

    Keep an eye out for the Bob Brown cameo (hint – look for the backless chaps).

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    The film opens at a huge quarry

    Dr Who was always in quarries because it was cheap. Now they use quarries because they are evil.

    The Church of Gaia was in full swing on ABC24 just now, with some woman interviewing Peter Garrett and Tim Flannery under the heading “The Planet Talks”. I thought to myself: once a Gaian saint always a Gaian saint, even if you managed to get four guys killed or are an epic hypocrite.

    I hear that Godzilla has put on a bit of weight. Maybe they are preaching against the evils of obesity too.

  3. Notafan

    The leaders of men disagree, opting to try and gather all three of the giant creatures into the same area off America’s west coast

    middle aged white men?

  4. egg_

    “The Planet Talks”

    Out of its volcano?

  5. egg_

    Adam Bandt and Christine Milne.

    Godzilla meets Gaia and the Undead?

  6. David

    Godzilla meets Gaia and the Undead?

    There’s your chance to get into the film industry Egg – maybe even secure a huge grant. You could get Carbon Cate to play Milne but not sure who you’d get to play Bandt – perhaps O’Barmy’s pyjama boy.

    :-)

  7. .

    The leaders of men disagree, opting to try and gather all three of the giant creatures into the same area off America’s west coast, where they will be destroyed by a thermonuclear warhead. This plan backfires, leading to a nuke threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of San Franciscans.

    “The Man” also repressing the queer community?

  8. Infidel Tiger

    Director Gareth Edwards claims his summer blockbuster “Godzilla” is some sort of Global Warming cautionary tale. If that was his intent, unless you want to count the expected and clichéd platitudes about “controlling nature,” he failed miserably (thank God).
    Saying such things might be a cynical attempt to win favor with elite critics, but what Edwards actually delivers where it counts — up on the screen — is a spectacularly mounted and unpretentious Godzilla romp that might be the best recruiting commercial for the United States Navy since Tony Scott’s “Top Gun” (1986).

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/05/16/godzilla-review-everything-you-want-and-more

  9. cuckoo

    First Noah, then Godzilla. And now the forthcoming Christopher Nolan movie Interstellar has humans fleeing earth because of a vague environmental ‘food crisis’. At least the old disaster movies were about things that actually happened: earthquakes, towering infernos, cruise ships pitching upside down on New Year’s Eve.

  10. egg_

    humans fleeing earth because of a vague environmental ‘food crisis’

    Didn’t ‘Soylent Green’ solve that back in the 70s?

  11. mizaris

    This plan backfires, leading to a nuke threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of San Franciscans.

    Nuke. Em. All.

  12. Jannie

    Just back from Everest Base Camp, where 4 of 12 Trekkers had to be evacuated due to altitude and cold. Experiencing how people survive without fossil fuel, life is dirty and cold These Trekkers are practical environmentalists, lovers of nature in all and extreme forms. At Gorak Shep we had a short laugh about AGW theory. Seven out of eight tended to dismiss AGW as alarmist and fraudulent. One of the eight, 28 yo female teacher, had bought the whole AGW meme, but was forced to quiet reflection because she could not dis us as Deniers and killers of the planet. She will be a skeptic soon CAGW is mostly for the low information opinionistas.

  13. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    Mizaris,what would the World do without all those poofs and lesos.perhaps the same culd happen in Sydney during the poofters mardi gras? a bit of sexual cleansing,do the World good.

  14. Anne

    egg_
    #1309862, posted on May 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    “The Planet Talks”

    Out of its volcano?

    Too funny Egg!

  15. jumpnmcar

    Appropriate to star Hal in this comedy.
    But we’ve seen it all before.

  16. Watching It Unfold

    Why do we need to reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions? I say lets not do that……

  17. egg_

    Credits:

    Gorezilla……….. ManBearPig

  18. Nanuestalker

    Spoiler Alert:

    Bryan Cranston’s character takes Godzilla out with shards of ice (from melting glaciers of course)!

  19. Alfonso

    The Zill works on bluff……if it has a central nervous system we can kill it.

  20. Baldrick

    Franchise monster -v- franchise science … what’s not to like?

  21. nerblnob

    Bah. Despite having free run of media, both news and entertainment, since the seventies, the Greenies have not made the slightest impression on people’s habits. Fossil fuel consumption continues to rise. That’s because it’s the best, most portable and cheapest form of energy ever devised.

    Relax and enjoy the film. The propaganda is just white noise and audiences habitually screen it out.

  22. Rabz

    Hey, Jannie – Good to hear from you again!

  23. Tom

    Despite having free run of media, both news and entertainment, since the seventies, the Greenies have not made the slightest impression on people’s habits.

    It drives the leftfilth insane that no matter how they try with their mentally ill upside down world view and their infiltration of the media and the bureaucracy they can never and will never control the popular culture that the mainstream lives by.

    So therefore we bogans have to be forced to kiss their arses with totalitarian regulations about what we are allowed to do and think (press regulation, plain packaging, credentialism in child care, da climate change, etc). That, essentially, is what the nanny state is: the new fucktard ruling class’s revenge against the commonsense of the masses.

  24. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Well, just got back from seeing it. It’s a monster flick FFS. I did not pick up on greenfilther propaganda memes at all. Looks like the producers wanted to make money using a monster flick starring Godzilla – and preachy greenie movies bomb.

    it’s pretty much run on the standard 1950s monster flick line, and I saw quite a few of them back as a kid, the monster was almost ALWAYS the result of radiation/mutation/ancient buried horror. This was two of these.

  25. BC

    Would we expect anything less from Philip Noyce?

  26. Didn’t Godzilla always have the anti-nuke angle, at least?

    Bryan Cranston is a great actor, but just from the clip I started to find his whining a little irritating. LOL.

    Hopefully the preachy aspect doesn’t get in the way of an enjoyable monster flick… I know my Mum is planning to see it – she likes those sort of things.

  27. Well, just got back from seeing it. It’s a monster flick FFS. I did not pick up on greenfilther propaganda memes at all.

    Good to hear… like I said, Godzilla was always anti-nuke.

    I’m as anti-Green as the next Cat, but I do think there’s a tendency to overreact to stuff like this. If it’s just a popcorn-monster flick, then all is good.

  28. Brett_McS

    Talking about monster movies, the Gosnell movie reached its funding target and so will be made.

  29. john constantine

    entertainment with an undertone? i did just grab off the torrents a ‘graphic novel’ by christos gates, called “sunset”.

    our anti-hero is a 78 year old korean war special forces veteran. The part time nurse helping him to provide palliative care for his wife sends him to the mall to get new enviro friendly lightbulbs,as “it takes all of us together to save the planet”.

    waiting for our man as he returns from shopping, leaning insolently on his 1970′s muscle car are some prius driving, liposuctioned,pilates trained wannabe gangsters. they inform the vet that he has been finally traced down for the 8 mill he scammed off the mobs casino back in the eighties.

    “you can go easy,or you can go hard” mocks a gangster,flashing his glock.

    because it is a graphic novel,you can see the mecury dripping out of the compact fluorescent light bulb, as its jagged broken edges get ground into the gaping eye socket of the mafia gunsells. “i’ll go hard” growls the vet, at the crumpled corpses of his foes.

    old man noir/hardboiled geezer is a fairly entertaining genre where we can escape the earnest handwringing of the preachy awareness raising crowd.

    the heartwrenching scene, where he arrives home to find the crims have popped some caps into the plaque-clogged brain of his be-alzheimered wife, and he tenderly arranges her on their bed, then gives her a funeral pyre to suit a viking queen, pouring petrol through the house and lighting it up as he walks out the door, leaving the smashed and crumpled bodies of her organic quinoa munching mafia murderers scattered on her floor like sacrifices.

    then it gets old school.

  30. nerblnob

    mafia gunsells

    From the much-feared Trainspotting cartel?

  31. Simon

    have you seen the remake of The day the earth stood still??

  32. Oh for crying out loud. This kind of nonsense has been ruining disaster films for some time now.

    It’s yet another reason to strive for a world in which this rubbish is sent packing, and a return to sensible bogus science in disaster movies (like asteroids being intercepted by Bruce Willis, or satellites being brought back to earth by elderly astronauts).

  33. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Yeah. Godzilla always had a bit of anti-nuke in it (Japanese B-movies made in the 50s and 60s – go figure, eh?) and I reckon all they have done is update the genre with truly spectacular digital effects. It’s like Pacific Rim on steroids with Godzilla the ‘force-of-nature neutral’. Instead of eating Tokyo it levels San Francisco in a monster-vs-monster punchup. it’s utterly over the top, like a Godzilla movie should be. You can tell it ain’t a preachy-greenfilth movie as it treats the US military as dedicated to serving their country. Hell, it even has a pre-battle prayer scene.

    Just suspend your disbelief and take popcorn. It’s bloody good entertainment which is what you want a movie to be.

    You can tell I could not be arsed with angsty/preachy movies or chick-flick fluff, and think ‘Beneath Hill 60′ was a damned good film. (Mind you, I’m biased as one of grand-dads mates was a WWI Mine Corps man who survived being buried alive three times when ‘countermined by the Hun’. He was a very, very strange duck, but everyone understood exactly why he tore most of the external walls off his house and replaced them with windows and worked post WWI as a glazier, never going into a windowless room, and attending Mass every day of his life.)

  34. Oh great. Two+ hours of repetitive, fatiguing computer effects and noise…with climate preaching to give it some “depth”. You’ll know it’s great cinematography because the colour and sets will be inspired by the inside of a servo dunny. Subtlety and realism will be achieved by actors mumbling their lines.

    I remember when religious movies at least had exciting chariot races with real horses.

  35. Hey, sorry if I prejudged. Just read the comment posted before mine, so maybe it’s an ok flick and we can just pass the popcorn.

    After Avatar (of which I’ve bravely drudged through the first ten minutes twice) maybe I’m too ready to believe the worst in advance.

  36. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Avatar I walked out of.

  37. egg_

    Subtlety and realism will be achieved by actors mumbling their lines. Foley artists thumping wood & stuff that home cinema aficionados spend thousands to shake the floor for realism when a $10 bass shaker achieves same. ;)

  38. DrBeauGan

    Sounds great. I’ll go and laugh my arse off.

  39. Avatar was brilliant in 3-D. Visually outta sight man. Alas everything else about the movie was 1-D.

  40. JohnA

    Steve at the Pub #1310351, posted on May 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Avatar was brilliant in 3-D. Visually outta sight man. Alas everything else about the movie was 1-D.

    Do you mean “like a broken pencil – pointless”? Then should that not be 0-D?

    I can’t stand the fakery of disaster movies. I am not much for mvies generally.

    Give me a decent book any day.

  41. johanna

    Meh, Hollywwod has been milking the mad scientist meme, and the local folks against nasty developers/miners etc meme forever. It even goes back to the Westerns.

    Most entertainers are airheads. We keep them around and pay them for entertainment purposes only.

    I loved the Japanese cheapo monster movies, and the great US sci-fi ones, of the 50s and 60s. Can’t say that they had the least effect on my political views, though.

  42. You want a bad trip, go and watch The Wizard of Mars (although in this version it’s called Horrors of the Red Planet.)

  43. And if you ever get a chance to see the 1968 classic The Green Slime, do so. It’s appalling.

  44. nerblnob

    asteroids being intercepted by Bruce Willis,

    Possibly the only movie ever where the driller was depicted as a hero, rather than an evil environmental rapist. Plus a lot of product placement for Baker Hughes bits and BHAs.

  45. .

    The Creature from the Black Lagoon – saw it when I was 14/15.

    Fucking terrible. You cannot describe it any other way. It is up there with Plan 9 from Outer Space.

  46. gabrianga

    I bet Kidman is relieved that Godzilla v Global Warming could beat her Grace of Monaco for the “Turkey of the Year”? award?

  47. viva

    Serizawa also laments the “arrogance of man” for thinking he can control nature

    Well isn’t that what warming alarmism is all about?

  48. Kram

    I saw it on the weekend and I didn’t get any green filth messages. It’s monster movie, the only message I got was that if giant monsters are heading towards your city to fight get the hell out of there cause your probably be crushed by a falling building. But if we want to get pedantic the original Godzilla was created by man using nuclear weapons and had an anti-nuclear message. The new Godzilla and Mutos are prehistoric beasts that were not created by mans “mistakes” and so they were natural and could not be controlled. Isn’t that the opposite of what global warming believers believe?

  49. Mr Skeletor

    Actually it has an ANTI-Greenie message:

    SPOILER
    If monsters “represent” environmental horror, but when man tries to stop it it results in making things worse. After that wise sage Ken W basically says “The earth will restore its own balance”. So man stays out of it, the earth unleashes Godzilla who kicks the enviromental horrors ass and then goes back to sleep.

    FILMS MESSAGE/LESSON: Don’t bother trying to fight emissions, you’ll never win. Instead Gaia will sort it’s own shit out.

  50. Christian Kerr

    And to add insult to injury the hippies have nicked the amazing György Ligeti micropolyphony that featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  51. mizaris

    The original “The Thing” (1982) beats all for creepy, but the recent (2012) “Sinister” is pretty creepy in its own way too. Well worth a look. No….wait…..even better….download it and avoid paying anyone any royalties. Godzilla awaits the same fate.

  52. nerblnob

    The Creature from the Black Lagoon – saw it when I was 14/15.

    Fucking terrible

    Whereas Dave Edmunds’ recording of that name was terrific: All He Wanted was a Lady

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