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I believe this movie had small homages to earlier iconic sci-fi movies. Ford blowing up the M.U.T.O. nest reminded me a little of Ripley blowing up the Alien nest at the end of ‘Aliens’. The M.U.T.O.’s were actually beating Godzilla to death and the burning nest distracted them enough that Godzilla was able to regroup. I also saw homages to Spielberg with the slow reveals like in JAWS and Jurassic Park, and with the theme about how humans can’t control nature. The triumphant roar by Godzilla at the end was so much like the T-Rex in Jurassic Park that I half expected the “When dinosaurs ruled the earth” banner to fall before him.