Rating: PG-13, for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence.
Well, it’s a monster movie, so you can count on mass urban destruction and masses fleeing in terror. This time, the big green guy stomps his way across San Francisco as he battles a couple of other enormous creatures who thrive on radioactive materials. Thousands and thousands of people find themselves in peril including a school bus full of kids on the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s big and noisy and scary, as you would expect from a sci-fi summer blockbuster. But the 3-D special effects in director Gareth Edwards’ film are really sharp here — crisp, textural, visceral — making some of the battle sequences truly tense and terrifying. The sound design is also quite vivid, full of ominous creaks, groans and roars. This is probably suitable for kids around age 10 and older.