GODZILLA Trailer Presents A Monstrous Nightmare

Peter Martin, Managing Editor

The first trailer for Gareth Edwards' version of Godzilla makes a very strong case that it won't be another cookie-cutter blockbuster.

Edwards' first film, Monsters, struck me as "languid and dreamy," fulfilling his wish "to begin where every other monster movie ends." This teaser has the quality of a waking nightmare, as paratroopers parachute into a situation that none of them has ever experienced before.

The official synopsis is brief: "An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence."

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, and the big guy from Japan. It's heading to theaters on May 16, 2014. Watch the trailer below.

Around the Internet:
  • Catherine Halsey

    Wait, was that New York? I couldn't recognize some of the skyline

  • Thomas Carpenter

    It might be San Diego. I know that's like the first US city he hits in the movie, since he arrives at the West Coast.

  • Phillip Loth

    It's San Francisco.

  • Thomas Carpenter

    Figured it was somewhere in Cali. I'm just glad it's not New York, that city gets way too much cinematic attention.

  • XImmortalMusicX

    Only because there is so much to destroy!

  • Thomas Carpenter

    Very true, but the same can be said for other major cities as well.

  • XImmortalMusicX

    Like Chicago, but Transformers: Dark of the Moon already started the habit of destroying a lot of that city.

  • Thomas Carpenter

    So did Batman Begins and TDK to an extent. Oh well, there's always Houston, Hollywood, Detroit (which we all want to see obliterated for real), and others.

  • Howard

    if godzilla were to take a piss or dump...would that equal to a giant typhoon or mudslide?

  • Dave Baxter

    Promising. I just can't help thinking that the first teaser trailer for the 1990's version was equally as effective.... Oh, well, fingers crossed.

  • Gerardo Mendoza

    Gareth Edwards is an artiste. The man delivered on his promise of dark, dreary, and making this as eye-opening as possible. Sure, this is only a teaser, but the atmosphere's already been established. If anything, this film sets out to make Godzilla that force of nature we once believed in as kids, and reinstate him as the King of the Monsters...

  • billydaking

    Damn. Come a long way from the late 1990s, haven't we?

  • Gopal Natarajan

    It still bugs me that they changed Godzilla's iconic roar into a distinctly 2-part sound. Makes it sound manufactured, rather than natural. Otherwise, this looks like it has potential.

  • Catherine Halsey

    They used the 90's Godzilla roar

  • BtoFu

    If the film actually has and can maintain this sense of escalating frailty in the shadow of the big G they could be onto a something. Though I fear its just cut as more standard prolixity of the 'reveal'. Halo jump reminded me of Snake Eater though and I didn't see Jet Jaguar anywhere so hey...could be fun.

  • Mehaillien Thundercross

    I don't think we are going to win this one...

  • Justin Edwards

    Unreal. Thank God this is in the hands of a talented dude like Gareth.

  • Dan Lock

    I am sold on this!

  • arturo

    Godzilla now has my attention....

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