Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Monarch Has No Safety Precautions

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, in theaters now.

Monarch is the organization that, within the MonsterVerse, tracks and contends with Godzilla and the rest of his "Titan" brethren. Using international outposts, they monitor the Titans that have awakened across the planet and try to prepare for the newly discovered ones that have yet to come back to life. These massive creatures require brilliant minds to give humanity a fighting chance to stand up against them. One would hope Monarch would be up to the challenge.

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But, given a lot of the actions they take in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, it's pretty clear that Monarch isn't run by the smartest people in the world. In fact, the organization makes a number of shortsighted decisions that almost get all of them killed multiple times. Monarch appears to have zero safety precautions, which seems like it would be a top priority while dealing with giant, world-ending monsters.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The main Monarch base of operations is located in the middle of the ocean. The base is built deep underwater, because... Why not? That may not seem like a big problem until you consider one of the most prevalent aspects of the base are the giant windows installed in the offices that are hundreds of feet under the ocean. They look out at the sea, and it does provide them a chance to see Godzilla as he approaches. But, so would a camera. They have a litany of technology that could accomplish the same thing these windows do -- like the camera-equipped drones used later on in the film, equipment that doesn't run the risk of shattering and killing everyone.

If Godzilla were to decide to move forward even a little bit more during his confrontation with the team, the windows would be broken open, the ocean would rush into the base and the entire leadership of Monarch would drown. Godzilla is massive. Even just swimming by, his tail could bump the glass and kill everyone in that base. Yes, they have blast shields. But, why aren't the blast shields always up? Or how about just a wall?

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In general, Monarch has a terrible habit of leaving doors, gates and even planes wide open. This is especially painful to watch in the climax when Godzilla unleashes a nuclear blast, and the plane evacuating the remaining Monarch personnel from Boston doesn't bother to close the hangar doors. Hope everyone enjoys all that cancer they just got!


Godzilla: King of the Monsters

So, let's talk about Madison (Millie Bobby Brown). Madison is the teenaged daughter of Mark (Kyle Chandler) and Emma (Vera Familgia), the estranged married scientists who previously worked together at Monarch. She lives with her mother, who is actively working on the ORCA, a device that allows communication with the Titans. It requires extreme care, as the movie demonstrates that even Mothra in her larva form is capable of easily murdering scores of soldiers and scientists.

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Madison being with her mother makes sense, especially if you consider how her father is dealing with his own personal issues. But, why is she allowed to enter the super secretive Titan labs? Shouldn't she be at home? Or at school? Why is she spending her formative years running around with her mother in top secret labs and staring down Titans? That's a cool thing for a teen to be involved with, sure, but why is her mother allowing this? Why are any of the other scientists allowing this? That seems like a severe safety issue, not just for her but for everyone!


Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Maybe it's not just Monarch, though. Maybe just everyone in this world has been hit by some onset idiocy bug. Even the eco-terrorists that work for Alan Jonah (Charles Dance) prove to be dunces of the highest degree. Early in the film, the group captures Emma Russell and Madison so that they can gain access to the ORCA. It's an invaluable tool towards Jonah's goal, helping turn the Titans against humanity. Using it again could ruin their plans, or even draw Titans to their location.

So, do they lock it in a protective area? Do they keep it in a safe? Nope! They leave it in the middle of a room, unattended. A 12-year-old girl manages to steal it from a group of well-trained career soldiers. She doesn't even need to distract them or knock anyone out. She just walks into the room, sees the thing, takes the thing and walks out. There's tighter security at an Old Navy then there is for this group of "hardcore" mercenaries.

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We can only assume that all of the radiation the Titans give off just turns humans stupid because the people in this film make awful decision after awful decision.

Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds and Zhang Ziyi.

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