Fifteen years after an 'incident' at a Japanese nuclear power plant, physicist Joe Brody joins forces with his soldier son Ford to discover for themselves what really happened. What they uncover is prelude to global-threatening devastation. 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.
The film begins with videos of the Castle Bravo nuclear test as well as videos of a large object moving through the water.
In 1999, scientists Daisuke Serizawa and Vivienne Graham (Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins) locate two chrysalis-shaped pods and an enormous skeleton in a quarry in the Philippines, discovering one of the pods has hatched. Shortly afterwards the Janjira Nuclear Plant near Tokyo, Japan suffers a catastrophic earthquake, triggering a meltdown which kills the wife of nuclear technician Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and results in the evacuation and quarantine of the Janjira area.
In the present day, Joe has become derided as a conspiracy theorist while his son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is an explosive ordinance disposal technician in the United States Navy. When Joe is arrested for trespassing Janjira, Ford travels to Japan to assist him and is convinced by Joe to come with him to Janjira. There they discover evidence of a cover-up and are soon taken into custody, where it is revealed that a massive chrysalis has appeared in the remains of the nuclear power plant. The chrysalis soon hatches and unleashes a gigantic winged creature, which flies off after obliterating the facility containing it. Joe is wounded in the chaos and dies, while Ford is taken into custody.
While onboard the USS Saratoga, Ford is informed by Serizawa and his team that the creature he saw at Janjira was a MUTO, or Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism, an ancient creature from a much earlier time period which feeds off radiation and radioactive material. It in turn is being hunted by a much larger animal whose existence has been covered up for decades following numerous attempts to kill it with nuclear weapons. Ford reveals that his father had tracked a form of echolocation from the Janjira area, which leads the team to believe the MUTO was communicating with something.
The MUTO is tracked to Honolulu, where it attacks a nuclear submarine and brings it ashore before causing havoc at the Honolulu International Airport. The larger creature, named “Godzilla” by the United States Navy staff, suddenly arrives a short time later and fights the MUTO before pursuing it as it leaves the island. The second Muto, which has been held at the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository since its discovery in the Philippines, hatches and demolishes Las Vegas as it escapes. This creature is wingless, but far larger than the first. It is theorized that the second MUTO is a female and that the two are converging on the city of San Francisco to breed. A plan is made to lure them into the ocean with an armed nuclear warhead and kill them in the ensuing blast, much to Serizawa’s disapproval.
Before the plan can be carried out, the male MUTO take the nuclear warhead after it has been armed and with the female they build a nest around it in the center of the city. Godzilla is tracked to San Francisco where the Navy attempts to prevent Godzilla from entering the city. Serizawa advises the Navy to let it fight the MUTOs, as their weapons have proven to be useless in combating them. Godzilla proceeds to enter the city, where it battles the MUTOs and causes widespread destruction. Ford and a team of marines enter the nest while the MUTOs are distracted and try and disarm the warhead. The warhead is discovered to be badly damaged and cannot be disarmed, and is instead taken to a boat where it will be put out as far to sea as possible before it detonates. The nest is destroyed by Ford and Godzilla kills the two MUTOs before collapsing, apparently dead. Ford is rescued from the boat before it explodes. In the aftermath of the battle, Ford is reunited with his wife and son, while Godzilla wakes and swims back into the Pacific Ocean.
Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film featuring the Japanese film monster of the same name in a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise. The film retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a “terrifying force of nature”, depicted in a style faithful to the Toho series of Godzilla films. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards, written by Max Borenstein and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston. The film is a co-production between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, with participation by Toho. Warner Bros. will also distribute the film worldwide, except in Japan where it will be distributed by Toho. It is the second Godzilla film to be fully filmed by an American studio, the first having been the 1998 Godzilla. This film received wide release worldwide on May 15, 2014, in North America on May 16, 2014, and is scheduled for release in China on June 13 and Japan on July 25, 2014 in 2D and 3D.
Cast & Characters
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Lieutenant Ford Brody, USN, an explosive ordnance disposal technician. Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ichiro Serizawa, a scientist. Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody, Ford’s wife, a nurse. Juliette Binoche as Sandra “Sandy” Brody, Ford’s mother, a nuclear regulations consultant at the Janjira nuclear plant. Sally Hawkins as Dr. Vivienne Graham, a scientist who works alongside Serizawa. David Strathairn as Admiral William Stenz, USN Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody, Ford’s father, a nuclear physicist and former engineer at the Janjira nuclear plant.
Directed by Gareth Edwards
Producers: Thomas Tull
Screenplay: Max Borenstein
Story: David Callaham
Based on Godzilla by Toho
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography: Seamus McGarvey
Editing: Bob Ducsay
Studio: Legendary Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Distribution: Warner Bros. Pictures (International)