‘Godzilla’ trailer teases horrific kaiju, spotlights Bryan Cranston

Feb. 25, 2014 | 11:26 a.m.

A new trailer for “Godzilla” is out, teasing horror, destruction and, finally, a first glimpse at the King of All Monsters himself.

Previously released teasers showed the kaiju’s silhouette through billows of smoke and smog, but the new footage reveals his full, enormous form.

“Godzilla”  is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mash-up of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere in 2010. In “Monsters,” Edwards turned heads with his use of sound and character emotion to build an atmosphere of suspense despite a limited budget, and if the new trailer is any indication, he seems to use similar tactics in “Godzilla.”

The trailer begins with narration by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, who plays Joe Brody, over a montage of destruction and chaos.

“You’re not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster,” he says, desperation in his voice. “You’re lying! It was not an earthquake, it wasn’t a typhoon, because what’s really happening is that you’re hiding something out there. And it is going to send us back to the Stone Age!”

The trailer also hints more at the lore behind the giant creature, with Ken Watanabe’s character explaining that nuclear tests in the Pacific Ocean weren’t experiments, but rather attempts to kill the monster.

From tidal waves in city streets to crushed train cars, the trailer is packed with action. At one point, sailors watch fighter jets being hurled into the ocean.

“The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control, and not the other way round,” Watanabe’s character says.

But despite the enormous scale of the remake, the trailer also focuses on the ordinary people who get caught in the Godzilla’s wake, including Elle Brody (Elizabeth Olsen) and Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

At Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer, Cranston said that Edwards’ indie-film background is partially what attracted him to taking the role.

“It was fantastic because he was able to make a monster movie also into a character-driven component where you really felt for these people,” Cranston said of “Monsters.” “And that’s what he transformed this ‘Godzilla’ into.”

Legendary Pictures has been drumming up hype for the film since it was first announced at Comic-Con 2012. Leading up to the trailer release, the studio posted mysterious video snippets on mutoresearch.net, a promotional site designed to look like a government research portal, with streaming code and static-y sound effects.

The film is slated for a May 16 theatrical release.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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