It had to happen eventually, our week full of Godzilla fun had to finally draw to a close. Over the course of the last few days, we had no less than six new TV spots for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ reboot of Toho’s classic creature feature dropped in our lap, and they saved the biggest for last. Or at least what we think is last, there might be more on the horizon. The studios just unveiled a new extended look at director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming adventure that clocks in at two-and-a-half minutes, and full of new footage and information.
When we heard “extended look,” we anticipated more of a behind the scenes peek at the film. This video, however, is essentially a new trailer, one that focuses more on the human element of the story, rather than the giant monster portion. Right out of the gate we see a nuclear power plant sitting in the backyard of a seemingly quiet little domestic village. At least we know that radiation is going to have something to do with the story, though the control room looks super dated, like it was leftover from a 1970s disaster flick. That’s kind of awesome; very classic.
The key thing we take away from this trailer is that we learn why Bryan Cranston’s character is so up in arms and distraught. When what seems like an earthquake—though there is nothing at all natural about this disaster, hits the facility—he loses his wife (Juliette Binoche) in the ensuing catastrophe. As a grieving husband or two has been known to do, he goes on a quest to find answers, only I don’t think he had any idea that he was going to find a big ass mutant lizard at the end of his journey. Then again, maybe he did.
That certainly explains his motivation, and the rest of the pieces fall into place nicely. The tidal wave reveal is a nice touch—I hope that dog makes it out okay, I hate it when the dog dies—playing like an extended version of what we’ve already witnessed in almost every other bit of footage to date. Here we get to see it play out from the beginning, and learn precisely how Godzilla is responsible for the ruckus. He must be rather large to displace so much water, and the prospect of such a huge beast is enough to make us drool a little bit. We even get a few lightning fast glimpses of the other monster—perhaps monsters—that is going to show up for this party.
Godzilla stars Cranston, Binoche, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and David Strathairn, and stomps into theaters everywhere on May 16.