‘Godzilla’ Extended Trailer: Tremble Before the King of the Monsters

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The original, 1954 version of Gojira was a none-too-subtle allegory for a people that was only nine years out from being the only nation ever attacked with atomic weaponry. When its bleak, brutal imagery called up nightmares of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the resemblance was purely intentional.

Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) has stated that he wants to return the Godzilla franchise back to that mindset, using his upcoming film as a dark mirror for modern fears. Thus, it will come as no surprise that a new, extended preview of the movie features images of tsunamis, the destruction of a Japanese nuclear power plant, and modern militaries powerless in the face of natural disaster.

This new trailer also expands considerably on the backstory of its main protagonists, the Brody family. While previous looks at Godzilla certainly hinted at brutal tragedy, we now know that the titular monster is directly responsible for the death of one of their own – and for the obsessive fervor of Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) as he attempts to warn the world of the incoming cataclysm.

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For all the apocalyptic imagery and grief on display, even this two-and-a-half minute preview continues to play coy with the actual giant monsters involved with the carnage. Except for a great new view of Godzilla himself and a brief shot of what could possibly be the jaws of another beast, audiences will have to continue to guess at what other mutant horrors Godzilla has in store.

Though this trailer continues to show off the movie’s bravura evocations of disaster, it also raises an unavoidable question: Will this new Godzilla be too grim and self-serious to also deliver on the popcorn thrills expected by modern audiences? We at Screen Rant are still eager to find out.

Godzilla features the talents of Ken Watanabe (Unforgiven), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Elizabeth Olsen (Oldboy), and David Strathairn (Lincoln).

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Godzilla will smash into US theaters on May 16th, 2014.

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  1. really looking forward to this, i thought Gareth Edwards did a great job telling a very human story in Monsters, the beginning part of the trailer seems to indicate he’s trying to do the same here, can’t wait

  2. I’m LOVING the marketing for this movie. Most giant blockbusters tease WAY too much of their most anticipated action and cinematic sequences, but, Godzilla seems to be doing an incredible job and making you really really curious and about what the titular monster will look like, how it will preform, and where it’s headed. Which is really impressive since the movie is titled Godzilla and they’ve kept its GIANT monster fairly well hidden, haha.

    I think there will be PLENTY of eye-popping visuals and breath-taking action from this monster(s)(?) We’ve just been so spoiled with more recent blockbuster trailers that we’ve forgotten how to really wait and be surprised at the movie itself.

  3. Doesnt the godzilla look a lot like t rex from jurassic park in the roaring photo