Yesterday we showed you the first official clip from Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, and it was a good one, like clapping and giggling good. How can you not get excited as two giant monsters are about to collide for your entertainment? And because nothing about this movie is small, from the titular protagonist right on down to the marketing push, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have unleashed four more clips, as well as more than eleven-minutes worth of behind the scenes footage.
This first clip is the most interesting and the most exciting of the bunch. We know the winged creature that we’ve seen on occasion is called MUTO, which stands for Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism. Here’s the catch, this sumbitch is no longer Earthbound; this bad boy can fly, which is going to be a problem. Another problem is that this beast also releases enough EMP that it disrupts radar and any other attempts to track it, rendering the military essentially blind. They know it’s flying towards the West Coast of the US, but that’s about it. If you’ve been paying attention, you probably assume it is going to touch down in San Francisco, but we could be wrong, there could be other stops on the tour, like Hawaii.
Here is why this clip, taken with the one from yesterday, is so intriguing. Up to this point, most of us have presumed that it was Godzilla who shows up on the scene and starts wrecking up the joint. This makes it seem like MUTO is the one that is responsible for all the initial carnage. In the earlier footage, David Strathairn’s character refers to Ken Watanabe’s character’s “alpha predator.” That made it seem like he was talking about MUTO, but now you have to think that they’re talking about Godzilla—who better to call an “alpha predator” if not the King of the Monsters—and they somehow unleashed him in order to stop MUTO’s destruction.
We’ll have to wait a few more weeks to find out what exactly is going on, but you have to appreciate the fact that they’re keeping you guessing and not revealing everything ahead of time.
We know that there are multiple time periods in Godzilla, and if I had to hazard a guess, I would say that this clip comes from an earlier era. Just look at the nuclear facility where Bryan Cranston’s Joe Brody works, and tell me that equipment isn’t dated as hell. The action shows him trying to save his wife (Juliette Binoche), from a reactor leak caused by what they think is an earthquake.
After losing his wife under mysterious circumstances, Joe wants answers, thinks he is entitled to them. There’s obviously some kind of government cover up going on here, and that doesn’t sit well with him, not one little bit. For some reason we have yet to discern, he doesn’t believe the earthquake story. Perhaps he caught a glimpse of something large and monster-like.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays Ford, the adult version of Joe’s son, who has become a military man. We’ve seen him in action in earlier footage, but this clip offers up a little more in the way of his motivation. He is apparently some kind of bomb expert, but his family, which includes Elizabeth Olsen and their child, are stuck in the city, and he needs to get to them.
This b-roll footage offers you a nice behind the scenes look at the production, giving you a good idea of how they staged the massive action and achieved the sheer scale of the film. Godzilla opens everywhere in less than two weeks, on May 16.