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Godzilla (GODZILLA ゴジラ,   Godzilla Gojira?) is a 2014 American science fiction monster film produced by Legendary Pictures, and the second American-made Godzilla film, as well as the first in the Legendary series. The film was released to American theaters on May 16, 2014, and to Japanese theaters on July 25, 2014.


Plot

Godzilla was awakened in 1954 by a Russian military submarine accident. Throughout the mid-1950s, the United States and Russian militaries used nuclear weapons in attempts to kill Godzilla and covered them up as atomic tests; thus, his existence was unknown to the public. Godzilla, however, survived every attempt. Film footage shows the preparation and the detonation of a nuclear bomb at Bikini Atoll.

Years later, in 1999, doctor Ishiro Serizawa is called to a mining site in the Philippines along with his assistant, doctor Vivienne Graham. With a small team, he finds a colossal fossilized skeleton and two spores in a large underground cave. One of the spores is found already hatched and a tunnel extends to the surface from its location, followed a large trail that, in turn, extends to the ocean; the other is still unhatched and is taken to Mount Yucca in Nevada, United States, and placed in the nuclear waste repository.

Days later, near Tokyo, Japan, the nuclear power plant at Janjira starts to experience seismic activity. Nuclear physicist and plant supervisor Joseph Brody and his wife, Sandra Brody, make their way to the power plant. Sandra assembles a team to perform a damage check, under Joe's supervision. The power plant is soon breached by an explosion and radiation leak, killing Sandra and her team, leaving Joe and their son, Ford, alone, and bringing the entire area down to ruins. The event is attributed to a large earthquake, and the Janjira area is evacuated and subsequently quarantined.

15 years after the incident, Ford is now an explosive disposal officer for the United States Navy, and is living in San Francisco, California with his wife Elle and son Sam. After returning home, he finds out that Joe was arrested for trespassing in Janjira while looking for an explanation for the catastrophic event years ago. After Ford travels to Japan and bails him out, Joe convinces him to come with him to another trip to Janjira, for Sandra's sake. They soon discover it is not radioactive (as it was supposedly claimed) and, after recovering Joe's old data and finding their old home, they notice the power plant in the distance with its lights on, believing that the plant is being rebuilt. They are soon caught and arrested by security and taken to the power plant.

The power plant now houses a large laboratory for studying a mysterious and strange chrysalis, similar to the one discovered in the Philippines. It is revealed to be the hatchling from the previously-discovered spore and, after breaking out of the chrysalis, the creature wreaks havoc on the lab, killing and injuring many of the personnel. During the chaos, Joe receives critically heavy wounds. After the monster flies away, the military takes Serizawa to the USS Saratoga, who requests that Joe and Ford accompany him on the way, wanting to know what they knew about the situation. Joe later dies from his injuries in the helicopter while en route to the USS Saratoga.

On the Saratoga, Serizawa and Graham are revealed to be part of a secret organization called Monarch. Serizawa reveals that they knew of the creatures beforehand, and explains to Ford what the monster that attacked the plant, now referred to as a M.U.T.O. (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism), is, detailing its ancient origins and that it feeds on radiation and radioactive materials, moving underground and putting itself in a cryptobiotic state when Earth's radiation subsided. Serizawa also explains Godzilla's origins, the numerous failed attempts to kill him with nuclear weaponry and the subsequent cover-up stories. Ford informs Serizawa of what his father knows, explaining that Joe mentioned tracking a form of echolocation within Janjira, leading the team to think that the M.U.T.O. was communicating with something.

Ford is then taken to Honolulu, Hawaii to eventually return to San Francisco. In the midst of a dense forest in Honolulu, a U.S. Navy Special Forces team finds the wrecked remains of a Russian nuclear submarine that, earlier, reported an attack. While there, the winged M.U.T.O. arrives on the island, ripping apart the submarine and feeding on its reactor. After being threatened by the military it sends out an electromagnetic pulse which shuts down all electronics within miles. Meanwhile, Ford is boarding a train, where he witnesses a young boy named Akio being separated from his parents. Ford, holding Akio, assures his parents that he will return their son. After the EMP caused by the M.U.T.O., the train comes to a standstill for a moment before the power returns. Ford and Akio are almost killed by the M.U.T.O., which bites into the tracks and causes the train to derail and hang. On a different side of the city, Godzilla's arrival creates a tsunami which destroys most of Waikiki. The M.U.T.O.'s actions start a chain reaction that leads to mass destruction at Honolulu International Airport, where Godzilla arrives. After a brief fight, the M.U.T.O. flies off with Godzilla pursuing it, and the two monsters are no longer a secret as footage of the brawl airs on the news, which Elle and Sam witness.

Serizawa reports that Godzilla appeared because he heard an echolocation signal and is hunting the M.U.T.O.. They later question why the M.U.T.O. would send out a signal, and soon realize that the other spore is still active and later find out that it has hatched. The resulting hatchling, much larger in size than the first, is then found to have broken out of the repository and started attacking Las Vegas, Nevada. The team concludes that the larger M.U.T.O. is female whereas the winged one is a male and that they plan on nesting in San Francisco. Stenz approves an idea that involves attracting the monsters to a nuclear warhead and detonating it in the ocean, hoping to destroy all three monsters. Serizawa disapproves, claiming that Godzilla could be the only thing that could stop the M.U.T.O.s.

Ford, now on the mainland, journeys on a military train with a group of soldiers to get Elle and Sam out of San Francisco. The train, containing two ICBMs which were hoped to be strong enough to kill the three monsters, is destroyed by the female eight-legged M.U.T.O., who was resting on a nearby cliffside, and Ford is found the next morning, left as the only survivor. One of the warheads is consumed by the creature, while the other warhead is flown by helicopter to San Francisco. The male M.U.T.O. arrives shortly after and steals the warhead immediately after it is armed to detonate.

At this time, citizens in San Francisco are being evacuated on school buses. Elle leaves Sam with a trusted friend while she stays behind to help around in the hospital. The buses then make their way out of the city through the Golden Gate Bridge, where it is blocked off and is surrounded by the military. Godzilla resurfaces near the bridge, where the NAVY opens fire in an attempt to prevent him from entering the city, despite the protests of the soldiers on the bridge due to the presence of civilians. The commotion caused by both the military and Godzilla results in the destruction of the bridge, killing and injuring many people and only leaving two buses intact. Realizing that Godzilla may be the only thing capable of stopping the M.U.T.O.s, the military allow him to proceed into the city.

The M.U.T.O.s meet in downtown San Francisco and start building their nest after a short mating ritual. The male M.U.T.O. is attacked by Godzilla and another conflict ensues. Ford is ordered to go on a HALO drop with a team in order to retrieve the warhead from the M.U.T.O. nest and turn it off so it does not detonate in the city's center. After parachuting into the city they quickly locate the nest. The female M.U.T.O. goes to assist the male against Godzilla, giving the team the perfect time to locate the warhead. After finding it and getting out of the nest, Ford stays and, using a damaged fuel truck, destroys the nest of eggs in a fiery explosion before the baby M.U.T.O.s could hatch. This attracts the female M.U.T.O.'s attention, and inadvertently saves Godzilla, who was being overwhelmed by the M.U.T.O.s. The M.U.T.O.s leave Godzilla and rush to their nest. The female M.U.T.O. spots Ford, but before she can kill him, he is saved by Godzilla, who knocks the female M.U.T.O. back with two blasts of his atomic breath. Before Godzilla can finish her off, the male M.U.T.O tries to attack him again, but Godzilla manages to kill the male by using his tail to slam it into the 44 Montgomery building using his tail. The building then collapses, pinning Godzilla underneath a pile of rubble and dust.

The team gets to the bay and realizes they cannot disarm the warhead, and devise a plan to sail it out into the ocean, far enough to not endanger the population. While loading it onto a boat, the female M.U.T.O. recovers from her injuries, attacks the crew and kills all except Ford. Ford starts to drive the boat, but he is confronted by the female. Wounded and exhausted, he attempts to hold her back with his sidearm. However, Godzilla returns and grabs the M.U.T.O. by her neck. After a brief struggle, Godzilla directs a charged atomic ray into her throat, which causes her neck to explode, ultimately decapitating and killing her. Exhausted, Godzilla throws her head in the water and collapses on the city's shoreline. Ford drives the boat out to sea and is rescued by helicopter before the warhead detonates.

The next day, during the aftermath of the chaos, he is reunited with Sam and Elle. Godzilla is presumed dead until he wakes up in the morning. The media acknowledges Godzilla's actions, hailing him as "King of the Monsters" and debating on his role as the city's possible "savior." Godzilla lets out a final roar before returning to the ocean to lay dormant once again.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson   as   Lieutenant Ford Brody
  • Ken Watanabe   as   Ishiro Serizawa
  • Elizabeth Olsen   as   Elle Brody
  • Sally Hawkins   as   Doctor Vivienne Graham
  • David Strathairn   as   Admiral William Stenz
  • Bryan Cranston   as   Joseph Brody
  • Juliette Binoche   as   Sandra Brody
  • Carson Bolde   as   Sam Brody
  • CJ Adams   as   Young Ford Brody
  • Anthony Konechny   as   PO2 Thatch
  • Victor Rasuk   as   Sergeant Tre Morales
  • Patrick Sabongui   as   Master Sergeant Marcus Waltz
  • Brian Markinson   as   Whalen
  • Richard T. Jones   as   Captain Russell Hampton
  • Al Sapienza   as   Huddleston
  • Kevin O'Grady   as   Firefighter
  • Ed Rosek   as   Firefighter
  • Ed Belanger   as   Firefighter
  • Steve Wesley   as   Firefighter
  • Matt Ortega   as   Firefighter
  • Steven Wiig   as   Couple
  • Jared Keeso   as   Jump Master Griffin
  • Aaron Pearl   as   Doctor Carsin
  • Yuki Morita   as   Akio's Mother
  • James Kot   as   Navy Surgeon
  • Taylor Nichols   as   Military Analyst
  • James Pizzinato   as   SFG #2 Crane
  • Taya Clyne   as   School Bus Kid
  • Kenneth Carrella   as   Medic
  • Ed Heavey   as   Medic
  • Rich Paul   as   Major Mason
  • Paul Chirico   as   Halo Jumper
  • John O'Brien   as   Evacuation Worker
  • Nel Venzon   as   Angry Miner
  • Keo Woolford   as   Airport Worker

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Michael Patrick Denis   as   Officer on Ship Deck
  • Jeric Ross   as   Dying Man in Triage
  • Steven M. Murdzia   as   Beret Leader
  • Primo Allonine   as   Team Member
  • Paul Edney   as   Tsunami Survivor
  • Jesse Reid   as   Ordinance Tech
  • Jake Cunanan   as   Akio
  • Jodie Yee   as   Wounded FEMA Citizen
  • Warren Takeuchi   as   Akio's Father
  • Corey Craig   as   Soldier
  • Max Clough   as   Soldier
  • Edward Flynn   as   Runner James
  • Peter Dwerryhouse   as   Wheelchair Evacuee
  • Yukari Komatsu   as   Teacher
  • Akira Takarada   as   Japanese Immigration Agent (Deleted scene)
  • T.J. Storm   as   Godzilla (Motion capture, uncredited)[5]

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Godzilla: The IMAX Experience

Godzilla The IMAX Experience
Godzilla: The IMAX Experience is an IMAX release of Legendary Pictures' American Godzilla film. It was released in theaters the same day as the film, on May 16, 2014.[6]

"The IMAX release of Godzilla will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie."

Box Office

Godzilla received the biggest opening day box office results of 2014 when it came out, scoring $38,525,000 on Friday, May 16. The was expected to gather $100 million by May 19,[7] and ended up surpassing it slightly with $103 million.[8] By next Friday, on May 24, Godzilla only received $8.8 million.[9] By the end of the four-day weekend that started on May 25, the movie had collected $38.4 million due to strong marketing,[10] and fell down to $3.3 million the rest of the week[11] and to $12 million on the May-June weekend.[12]

Godzilla earned £10,109,175 ($17,003,642) on its opening weekend in the United Kingdom[13] and a total of 149,098,752 Mexican dollars (US $11,559,835) on its opening weekend in Mexico.[14]

When Godzilla opened in China on June, it received $10.9 million for the biggest opening day of 2014.[15]

Godzilla's opening weekend box office total for Japan was ¥1,657,853,474, or $16,283,798.[16]

By August 3, 2014, Godzilla's worldwide earnings had surpassed half a billion dollars ($500,000,000).

By the end of its theatrical run, Godzilla had earned a grand total of $528,676,069 across all countries ($200,676,069 in the U.S. and $328,000,000 abroad).[3]

Reception

Godzilla has received generally positive reviews by critics and fans alike.[17][18] Mose Persico of CTV says it's "a film not to be missed," Scott Carty of ABC TV deems it "epic for all the right reasons," Shawn Edwards of FOX TV calls it "the most incredible movie of the year," and Nancy Jay of Daybreak USA says it's "an instant classic."[19] IGN gave it 9.0 out of 10.[20]

The movie has also received its fair share of criticism, however. Most of the complaints revolve around the fact that Godzilla gets very little screen time, less screen time than the M.U.T.O.s in fact, and that the battles don't take up much of the movie's running time. In addition, some critics found Ford Brody to be bland and generic, and criticized marketing for leading people to believe that Joe Brody was going to be the main character, though Bryan Cranston's performance has received universal praise.

On opening day in Japan, the film received 3.55 out of 5 stars on Yahoo! Eiga.[21][22] Shinji Higuchi, director of the upcoming 2016 Japanese Godzilla film, later praised the film as a "masterpiece" in an interview with the Associated Press in July 2015.[23]

Awards

The first award Godzilla received, or rather Legendary Pictures receives for Godzilla, was the 'Japan Cool Content Contribution' award, or J3C, on September 13 at the Consulate General's residence. The award was crated to recognize creatives who popularize Japanese media for worldwide audiences, which the box-office successful Godzilla did. Alex Garcia attended and accepted the award on Legendary's behalf.[24]

Godzilla was a contender for an Oscar nomination for 'Sound Editing.'[25]

Godzilla was also nominated for 'Best Science Fiction Film Release,' 'Best Film Music,' and Sony's Blu-ray Toho Godzilla Collection for 'Best DVD/BD Collection Release' as part of the 41st annual Saturn Awards.[26]

Sequels

Main articles: Godzilla 2 and Godzilla vs. Kong.

Videos

Trailers

TV Spots

Clips

Production

Interviews

Featurettes

Special Features

Other

Commercials

External Links

References

This is a list of references for Godzilla (2014 film). These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Godzillamovie.com
  2. Graser, Marc (July 15, 2013). "With 'Pacific Rim,' 'Godzilla,' 'Seventh Son' and '300: Rise of an Empire,' Legendary's Thomas Tull has become Hollywood's beast master". Variety.]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Godzilla (2014) - Box Office Mojo
  4. Japanese promotional material reveals the film's tagline
  5. Meet the Actor who Brought Godzilla to Life - CRHoy.com
  6. Godzilla: The IMAX Experience - Imax.com
  7. Friday Report: 'Godzilla' Roars, Scores Biggest Opening Day of 2014. Box Office Mojo. May 17, 2014.
  8. Weekend Report: 'Godzilla' is Box Office King - Box Office Mojo
  9. Friday Report: 'X-Men' Kicks Off Holiday Weekend with $36 Million - Box Office Mojo
  10. Weekend Report: 'X-Men' Rules Memorial Day, Falls Short of Franchise Record - Box Office Mojo
  11. Friday Report: 'Maleficent' Conjures Up $24.2 Million Debut - Box Office Mojo
  12. Weekend Report: 'Maleficent' Casts Box Office Spell, 'Million Ways' Dies - Box Office Mojo
  13. United Kingdom Weekend Box Office Index For 2014 - Box Office Mojo
  14. Mexico Weekend Box Office Index For 2014 - Box Office Mojo
  15. China Box Office: ‘Godzilla’ Has Biggest Opening Day of the Year
  16. Japan Weekend Box Office Index For 2014 - Box Office Mojo
  17. Godzilla - Rotten Tomatoes
  18. [http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-godzilla-movie-reviews-critics-20140515-story.html 'Godzilla' a solid if not smashing reboot, reviews say - LA Times]
  19. Godzilla - In Theaters Friday
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  21. 25 Jul 2014 capture of GODZILLA ゴジラ - Yahoo! 映画
  22. GODZILLA ゴジラ - Yahoo! 映画
  23. AP Interview: Japan's 'Godzilla' Director Wants to Surprise - ABC News
  24. Legendary's 'Godzilla' to Receive Japanese Governmental Award - The Hollywood Reporter
  25. Sound Editing Oscar Contenders - Godzilla - Variety.com
  26. 41st Saturn Awards - Variety

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