New ‘Godzilla’ Trailer: The Monster Reawakens

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 1st, 2014 at 1:37 pm,

Filmmaker/special effects guru Gareth Edwards broke out with his (very) low-budget post-alien invasion drama Monsters, but he looks to make a much, much larger splash in the Hollywood pond with his upcoming reboot of the Godzilla franchise – a project that fans of the King of Monsters have been buzzing about for the past two years, going back to the conceptual teaser that Edwards premiered back at the 2012 International Comic-Con (to rapturous applause from Con attendees in Hall H).

Few explicit details have been revealed about the Godzilla (2014) story, which is officially credited to Dave Callaham (Doom, The Expendables) and was scripted by Max Borenstein (Seventh Son), possibly featuring some uncredited revisions by Frank Darabont (creator of The Walking Dead TV series). However, based on Edwards’ suggestions that this film is a proper retelling/modernization of the 1954 nature-gone-wrong movie that started it all, it’s safe to assume that the plot has certain humans – soldiers, scientists, etc. – attempting to stop the eponymous giant monster, while others (see: Elizabeth Olsen’s character) are just doing their best to survive the destructive fallout.

We got a taste of that in the teaser trailer, which shows Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Olsen’s husband in the film and her future Avengers: Age of Ultron costar) and his fellow men in uniform jumping from a plane into the war zone that is a city under attack by Godzilla, along with clips of various other people scrambling to stay alive and/or uncover the truth about this unfathomable force of nature.

A newly-unveiled full-length trailer (which you can watch above) goes a bit deeper in detail, revealing more about the characters in this world – like Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), who’s determined to learn the truth about what’s happening, and Ken Watanabe (Inception) as an official who knows all too well about the secret history of Godzilla – as well as the newfound threat(s) that they must face.

In case you missed it last week, here is the new official Godzilla poster:


 New Godzilla Trailer: The Monster Reawakens

This new trailer does a nice job of summarizing the central terrifying concept to be re-explored in the Godzilla reboot – that it’s mother nature, not humanity, that is the boss of our world – while also illustrating how Edwards is honoring the original Godzilla movie both thematically and in a meta-sense within the text of his film (i.e. with references to previous attempts to destroy the titular creature in 1954).

Between that, the ominous atmosphere and foreboding imagery teased here, this latest bit of footage once again reaffirms that our pick of Godzilla as our most anticipated release of 2014 was not ill-advised. Indeed, Edwards’ film look as though it could very well fulfill our current high expectations – and maybe then some.


Godzilla opens in U.S. theaters on May 16th, 2014.

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  1. Anyone else notice the chants from 2001.

    • That music is by Gyorgy Ligeti, it’s from a classical piece called “Requiem”, Kubrick never got permission to use it in the film. It’s the opening of the 2nd movement “Kyrie” (“Lord have mercy”).

      Used in 2001.. not “from” 2001 :-)

      And yes, I thought that the use of this music in the Godzilla trailer was absolutely breathtaking!

      • Thanks for correcting him, Mikey. I too thought the use of that musical piece in the trailer was brilliant. As it was when Kubrick used it in the opening segement of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  2. Wait… they’re talking about cutting our military budget NOW?!? Has the White House not seen this footage yet?!?

    • lol

    • Lol…I don’t think it would matter if we spent every penny of GDP on the military it wouldn’t stop this Godzilla.

  3. AWESOME!!
    Ima gonna burn my wallet this summer.

  4. The flying/diving MUTO, though most likely Chimeric in nature, looks like it might be based on the highly predatory diving beetles (known as water tigers in some circles) that also fly very well. Crawling MUTO a nymph/larvae?

  5. Love the guttural growl at the end

  6. send in the Jaegers

    • They’re small.
      Walter will have to make a few tons of ricin that he’ll mask as a quality product of his life. Or they could send an army and lost many people trying to kill a monster that will be alive for part 2.

  7. What was the deal with the mountains in the background of the statue of liberty? new york doesnt have an adjacent mountain range right?

    • that is las vegas, the new york casino statue

    • Las Vegas statue of liberty.

      Also someone on youtube pointed out an cool easter egg at 0:34. Mothra twins standing on one of the floors of the destroyed building.

      • LOL nice catch there, they are hard to see, but they sure are there. haha


        • HAHAHAHAHA I just saw that, so hard to see, but sure is them :D

          • What part of the building are they on? I’m having trouble seeing them…

  8. This traileris absolutely fantastic. That is all

  9. “I want to talk to somebody in charge!” @05-06…Richard Dreyfus…Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

  10. THE KING IS BACK, I just love Godzilla, bring on the carnage!!

  11. Wth is that white stuff at 1:03….ewwwwwwww….Godzilla….wtf man…I don’t think your wife’s that cute….ewwwwww

  12. So there will obviously be two monsters.

    At approx. 1:30 something is flying from the clouds and crashes into the ocean. It doesn’t appear human in structure & a plane crashes in its wake.

    At approx. 2:05 theres a large appendance which crashes into the ground that doesn’t look like Godzillas hand at all.

  13. if they where showing a midnight show I would definetly go see it.

  14. I’m really very curious about the huge bones/ribcage they find in a cave at 1:41. Is that Godzilla’s parents? a monster he previously killed? are there whole species of monsters living deep in the earth? ohhh….the questions!! Can’t wait!

  15. Whoa! Are we also seeing a glimpse of what COULD be Rodan at 1:32?? How cool would THAT be??

  16. the trailer is finely crafted, the special effects look somehow cheap though. especially whenever water is part of the scene. is it even possible to have bad FX nowadays?

    • They probably have not finished the CGI yet. These days trailers are often released without the CGI completely done because it can be worked on for up to days before the actual release of the movie. Most of the CGI will most likely be worked on and refinished before the movie comes out

      • hope you`re right, I`m really looking forward to this movie, especially with this director and cast.

    • I agree. I hope they can touch that up before release. They should get the guys from ILM who did the water effects on “Battleship”. The movie wasn’t great, but the water effects were the best I’ve ever seen

  17. Wow. Chills.

  18. I finally watched this trailer…I literally got chills! The whole “we awakened something in 1954….”

    Wow! It looks like a REAL Godzilla movie! No iguanas or Ferris Bueller!

  19. An ok trailer, but hardly anything in there that really gets my blood pumping. I wish they would show the monster at the start for once.

  20. I think that the first godzilla we destroyed in 1954, hence the gigantic skeleton that people are walking through with hazmat suits on. This godzilla will be the first one’s baby, except it will be immune to the nukes from surviving through the first ones back in 1954. It will be mutated and thats how it has its atomic breath, etc.

  21. tak

  22. I read an article on MSN News (the UK page) talking about how they saw a little more footage in a press thing hosted by Gareth Edwards (who is signing copies of Empire Magazine in London’s Forbidden Planet store today).

    What made me cringe was that the only user comment was a complaint that Matthew Broderick wasn’t in the 2014 Godzilla movie and saying that he hates when directors don’t bring the original cast back.

  23. Walter White and Godzilla? How can you go wrong?