Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. The film is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise.
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It 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. It stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston. The screenplay is credited to Max Borenstein but includes contributions from David Callaham, David S. Goyer, Drew Pearce, and Frank Darabont.
The film is a co-production between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. Warner Bros. will also distribute the film worldwide, except in Japan where it will be distributed by Toho. Filmed in the United States and Canada, it is the second Godzilla film to be fully filmed by an American studio, the first being the 1998 film of the same name. The film was released worldwide in 2D and 3D on May 14, 2014; in North America on May 16; with releases scheduled in China on June 13 and Japan on July 25, 2014.
At the scene of the Bikini Atoll nuclear bomb test in 1954, a huge figure with jagged spikes rises from the water as the bomb is detonated.
In 1999, scientists Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Graham (Sally Hawkins) are called to a strip mine in the Philippines where a colossal skeleton and two egg-shaped pods have been discovered. One has hatched and something has escaped to the sea. In Japan, the Janjira nuclear plant experiences unusual seismic activity. Plant supervisor Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) sends his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) and a team into the core to check the sensors. When the team is inside, an explosion occurs, threatening to release radiation to the outside. Sandra and her team are not able to escape, and the plant collapses into ruin. The disaster, attributed to an earthquake, results in the quarantine of the Janjira area.