Well, like everyone else who saw this movie, I think the first quarter is very good, mostly because Brian Cranston's character is actually interesting. The rest of the film is by-the-numbers summer faire. The characters are merely signposts to get us from one plot point/set piece to the next. The monster battles are very well done so I guess characters and solid plotting don't really matter. Just sit back and watch the cool battles and be nauseated by the 3-D crap.