The marketing for director Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot resisted showing audiences the full scale of the titular monster for some time until the film's trailers and TV spots finally revealed the massive death-lizard, along with at least one other beast the King of Monsters will face off against.
The reboot's storyline has been glimpsed in fragments throughout the various trailers, but the very human story anchoring the film features an impressive ensemble to ground the film with relatable characters. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) plays Joe Brody, a scientist whose life was upended by a supposed “natural disaster” fifteen years before. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2) plays Brody's son, a soldier who winds up on the front lines of a monster rampage which is impossible to disguise.
With the film's release less than two weeks away, we've seen the release of a Japanese trailer and TV spot, a new featurette, and now five new clips have hit the Interwebs, featuring several different characters and expanded looks at certain moments we've so far only glimpsed in the trailers.
The first clip, which you can watch up above, has Inception star Ken Watanabe's character Daisuke Serizawa providing us with one of the film's taglines: "Let them fight."
The second, which you can watch below, gives us a look at the current state of Bryan Cranston, who is dismissed as a conspiracy theorist despite knowing precisely what is going on - and, given his past experience, deserves answers as much (if not more) than anyone else:
What happened to Cranston's character fifteen years ago? We've seen brief seconds of Brody's final farewell to his wife, but this third clip provides a longer look at the disaster. Brody and his wife both worked at a Japanese nuclear facility, and when something triggers a reactor breach, Brody has to race against time to save her. Watch the clip below:
Meanwhile, in the thick of the monster standoff, Taylor-Johnson's Ford Brody is right in, well, the thick of things. He is recently returned from a tour of duty, and thanks to the monsters, Brody is once more separated from his wife, played by Elizabeth Olsen (The Avengers: Age of Ultron). From the sound of it, Ford Brody might be the most qualified person to fight these things. Check out the next clip below:
And finally, Admiral Stenz (David Strathairn) provides a rather chillingly no-nonsense overview of the "MUTO" (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) the military is tracking. Check it out below:
This clip clocks in at less than forty seconds and clears up quite a bit of mystery… even as it raises more questions. The flying, Rodan-like creature somehow caused a disaster which has been mistaken for an earthquake and emits a type of EMP disruption of digital tracking methods - which explains the Taylor-Johnson's talk of "full analog retrofit" of some ICBMs. But where did it come from?
There is a reason Godzilla is our most anticipated release of 2014. These clips feature convincing performances while retaining the monster movie thrills we expect. They also reinforce the assumption that Godzilla may have been awakened to battle this MUTO - if not, then the military element may eventually decide to let the beasts fight each other, with the human characters' struggle for survival in the wake of the disaster-movie level of collateral damage.
There is still plenty of mystery to come, though - for example, where exactly did Godzilla and MUTO(s) come from? Don't expect every question to be answered, since Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. clearly want to jumpstart Godzilla as a viable franchise. Stay tuned for more details in the run-up to the movie's release.
Godzilla stomps into theaters on May 16, 2014.