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GODZILLA Looks To Be The Epic We’ve Been Waiting For

Vowing to be one of the most epic films of 2014, the Godzilla reboot recently revealed its explosive trailer. Starring Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston and Kick-AssAaron Taylor-Johnson, Godzilla appears capable of being one of the year’s most exciting events.

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Its trailer begins with an army leader instructing his troops on the dangers that await them. “Frankly, none of us have faced a situation quite like this before,” he says, just before his troops jump from a plane and into a city that resembles post-apocalyptic madness. Viewers aren’t told exactly why they’re jumping or what their fates will be, but one thing is certain: the threat of Godzilla appears imminent.

After the troops drop down into the city, several cuts are shown of Godzilla’s chaos. Transit trains break in half, buildings catch fire, nuclear missiles are readied and giant holes are carved into skyscrapers. It’s the type of epic scenery you’d expect from a new Godzilla film, and it’s another reason to get excited about perhaps the most anticipated “monster film” of the past decade. Cranston’s character, Joe Brody, is a scientist who sparks curiosity when he finds anomalies in sonar patterns, presumably leading to a Godzilla discovery. In the trailer, he’s seen bidding a tearful farewell to his family. It’s safe to expect Cranston to serve as a strong main character, as he did throughout Breaking Bad as the menacing Walter White.

As far as the trailer goes, viewers are put in the shoes of Taylor-Johnson’s character, Lieutenant Ford. The trailer shows his first-person view as he drops into the darkened, smoke-filled city. It’s clear that Taylor-Johnson will be in the thick of the action. Let’s just say, he’ll need some good workers compensation lawyers for his crew, as they’re about to get into some heavy action.  Whether or not he teams up with Cranston remains to be seen, but viewers can expect them to cross paths somehow.

However, the trailer shows Godzilla will be much more than an action flick reliant on special effects. With a strong cast and an obvious commitment to various characters, the plot and character development seem just as highly-valued. The amazing special effects are a given, as the trailer shows. With a $160 million budget, viewers can expect plenty of awe-inspiring visuals in Godzilla.

The city-based monster invasion seems reminiscent of JJ Abrams’ Cloverfield – but unlike that film, Godzilla doesn’t seem to rely on a big reveal or candid camerawork. In fact, Godzilla himself is shown at the end of the trailer, shrouded in smoke and roaring with his full might, his silhouette billowing amongst the clouds. It’s a great sign that a Godzilla reveal won’t be a primary gimmick throughout the movie. Instead, the emphasis appears to be placed on Godzilla’s chaos and how it affects a series of characters. Set to be released on May 16, 2014 via Legendary Pictures, Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Max Borenstein. If the trailer is any indication, it could be one of the most entertaining action films in years.

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