Godzilla is a American monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a reboot  of Toho 's Godzilla franchise and is the 30th film in the Godzilla franchise, the first film in Legendary 's MonsterVerse , and the second Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio. In the film, a soldier attempts to return to his family while caught in the crossfire of an ancient rivalry between Godzilla and two parasitic monsters known as MUTOs. The project began as an IMAX short film in but was transferred to Legendary in to be redeveloped as a feature film. The film was officially announced in March and Edwards was announced as the director in January Godzilla was theatrically released on May 16, , to positive reviews, with praise towards the film's direction, visual effects, musical score, cinematography, respect to the source material, and Cranston's performance, but Godzilla's screen-time and underdeveloped characters were criticized. Kong to be released on May 21, In , Godzilla, a prehistoric alpha predator , is lured to Bikini Atoll in an attempt to kill him with a nuclear bomb. In , Monarch scientists Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham investigate the skeleton of a monster similar to Godzilla in a cavern unearthed by a collapsed uranium mine in the Philippines.
Every age has its monsters. The Babylonians had the Scorpion men of Gilgamesh. The early Greeks sailed an Aegean sea rife with a phalanx of Cyclopes and Gorgons. In our age, at least the part since invention of the bomb, we have had Godzilla who, his many pretenders aside, stands alone. Godzilla transcends humanist prattle. Very few constructs have so perfectly embodied the overriding fears of a particular era. He is the symbol of a world gone wrong, a work of man that once created cannot be taken back or deleted. He rears up out of the sea as a creature of no particular belief system, apart from even the most elastic version of evolution and taxonomy, a reptilian id that lives inside the deepest recesses of the collective unconscious that cannot be reasoned with, a merciless undertaker who broaches no deals. He arrives alone, the ultimate gunslinger, with a free will all his own, the greenest thing ever seen.
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My favorite scene in any Godzilla movie occurs in 's "Mothra vs. One gets the better of the other, then looks up and sees Godzilla closing in. The shots are joined by cuts and by the expression of terror on the man's face. Godzilla's advance is partly obscured by tree branches in the middleground of the shot. You're in that moment, in that house, in the path of a monster. Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" takes its cues from that great sequence, and from the original's Hiroshima-and-Nagasaki inspired tracking shot past a row of bloodied hospital patients, and the camcordered immediacy of " Cloverfield ," and the gas station sequence in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," and the Do Lung Bridge sequence of " Apocalypse Now ," in which American soldiers' enemies were portrayed as faraway shadows, shooting flares and yelling obscenities. These movie moments are all about perspective and point-of-view—not just what you're seeing but how much, and under what circumstances. It's less interested in a giant monster's rampage than in what it might feel like to be a tiny human watching it close up, or far away, or on TV. It is not about Godzilla or the beasts he fights and I feel safe not putting a spoiler warning in front of that sentence because the trailers make it clear that the big guy's not on a solo rampage. Like the original, it's a combination epic horror film and parable of nature in revolt, filled with odd ellipses and surprising but appropriate storytelling choices, such as an early monster duel that plays out mainly on CNN.