"Reel reviews: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ features epic battles, lacking plot" by: Jessica Shepard

   I love big monster fights and I cannot lie!
   The latest Godzilla and Kong flick doesn’t disappoint on this front.
   There’s weapons, explosions and lots of beastly battling – but that’s really all there is to offer with this film.
   The storyline is weak, full of holes and really serves no purpose overall.
   Godzilla vs. Kong is directed by Adam Wingard and clocks in at 113 minutes total run time while being rated PG-13 for intense sequences of creature violence/destruction and brief language.
   A sequel to both Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Kong: Skull Island (2017), it is the fourth film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse.
   It is also the 36th film in the Godzilla franchise, the 12th film in the King Kong franchise, and the fourth Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio.
   The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.
   Five years after Godzilla defeated King Ghidorah, Kong is monitored by Monarch within a giant dome on Skull Island.
   Kong is visited by Jia (Hottle), the last Iwi native and Kong expert Ilene Andrews’ (Hall) adopted daughter, who is deaf and communicates with Kong via sign language.
   Bernie Hayes (Henry), an employee of Apex Cybernetics and host of a Titan conspiracy theory podcast, extracts data suggesting sinister activities at a Pensacola facility.
   However, Godzilla suddenly attacks the facility; during the rampage, Bernie stumbles on a massive device.
   Madison Russell (Brown), a fan of Bernie’s podcast, enlists her friend Josh (Dennison) to investigate Godzilla’s attacks.
   Apex CEO Walter Simmons (Bichir) recruits Nathan Lind (Skarsgård), a Hollow Earth theorist, to guide a search for a power source into the Hollow Earth, the home world of the Titans.
   Nathan is initially hesitant as his brother died on an expedition to Hollow Earth due to a strong reverse-gravitational effect.
   He agrees after Walter reveals that Apex has developed HEAVs, specialized crafts able to withstand the pressure exerted by the gravity field.
   Nathan meets with Ilene and convinces her to let Kong guide them through the Hollow Earth via an outpost in Antarctica.
   Nathan, Ilene, and an Apex team led by Walter’s daughter Maya (Gonzalez) board a modified barge escorted by the U.S. Navy that carries a sedated and restrained Kong.
   Godzilla attacks the convoy and defeats Kong, but retreats after the ships disable their power and trick him into thinking they are destroyed.
   To avoid alerting Godzilla, Kong is airlifted to the Hollow Earth entrance, and Jia convinces him to enter the tunnel while the team follows him in the HEAVs.
   At nearly the same time, Madison and Josh find Bernie, who joins their investigation into Apex and Godzilla’s seemingly random forays to destroy Apex property.
   They sneak into the wrecked Apex base, discover a secret facility underground, and are inadvertently locked into an underground monorail transport to an Apex facility in Hong Kong.
   Sadly, the real villain in this film happens to be Apex Cybernetics and the battle between Kong and Godzilla is rendered pointless by the last 20 minutes of the movie.
   The film is available in theaters and at home via HBOMax. 

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