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Godzilla is covered in keloid scars. The original Godzilla (1954) was heavily scarred to evoke the gruesome marks borne by the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.
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The Sound Designers used a twelve-foot high, eighteen-foot wide speaker array to blast Godzilla's roar at one hundred thousand watts, to get a good idea of his vocal power and strength.
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The United States Marine Corps declined to participate after reviewing the script. The United States Navy cooperated with production.
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Godzilla was originally planned to be found preserved in a Siberian glacier. This was changed, when the filmmakers saw that Man of Steel (2013) had a similar scene.
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Dr. Ishiro Serizawa was named after Ishirô Honda, director of Godzilla (1954), and Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, one of its main characters.
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Released in 2014, the original film's 60th anniversary.
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While shooting this film, Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey accidentally went to a lakeside set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), which was shooting nearby and looked very similar to the set for this film. He described walking around with his light meter, not recognizing anyone, as a "surreal, dreamlike experience" until he realized his mistake.
Toho Studios provided Sound Designer Erik Aadahl with the original 1954 recording of Godzilla's roar. He upgraded the roar to a more organic, contemporary sound.
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The film contains 960 visual effects shots. The 3-D model of Godzilla, made up of 500,000 polygons, appears in 327 shots. Had the graphics been rendered on a single computer, it would have taken 450 years to render.
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In the Brody home, in 2014 Janjira, a terrarium can be seen with a roach crawling on it, labeled "Mothra."
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The music in the background, during the H.A.L.O. jump is from György Ligeti's "Requiem", which was also used in the Monolith scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
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The MUTO design was inspired by King Kong (1933), Alien (1979), Jurassic Park (1993), and Starship Troopers (1997).
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According to Bryan Cranston, Gareth Edwards was inspired by Jaws (1975). "The film does not immediately show the beast, but rather builds up to its appearance, while still delivering an eerie and terrifying off-screen presence." The Brody family is named after Jaws' protagonist.
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Gareth Edwards, and the design group, reviewed all the previous incarnations of Godzilla's design for inspiration on the final design. "The way I tried to view it was: imagine Godzilla was a real creature, and someone from Toho saw him in the 1950s, and ran back to the studio to make a movie about the creature, and was trying his best to remember, and draw it... and in our film you get to see him for real. It was important that this felt like a Toho Godzilla."
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For the 1950s scenes, Seamus McGarvey wanted "a peeled look with muted colors and diffused highlights." He shot those scenes with vintage 1960s camera lenses, and had the shades of black in those scenes digitally tinted in magenta.
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A four hundred-foot model of the Golden Gate Bridge, built at a ratio of 1:0.045, was built for the San Francisco sequence.
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Guillermo del Toro was considered to direct, but he was busy with Pacific Rim (2013).
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According to Gareth Edwards, Godzilla's design is inspired by bears and Komodo dragons. In particular, his face is influenced by the heads of bears, dogs, and eagles. Edwards said the eagle "has a lot of nobility. It made him feel very majestic and noble."
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Gareth Edwards described Godzilla as an anti-hero. "Godzilla is definitely a representation of the wrath of nature. The theme is man versus nature, and Godzilla is certainly the nature side of it. You can't win that fight. Nature's always going to win, and that's what the subtext of our movie is about. He's the punishment we deserve."
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Originally, Dr. Serizawa was to introduce the titular monster as "Godzilla", but Ken Watanabe asked the filmmakers to use the original Japanese name of "Gojira".
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Despite being the title character, Godzilla appears in the film after nearly one hour, and is only in the film for eleven minutes.
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Andy Serkis provided consulting work on the film's motion capture sequences in order to "control the souls" of the creatures.
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When the Janjira plant goes down, Ford Brody is attending a class about the life cycle of moths, completely with a moth that resembles Mothra (1961). Also seen in the classroom is a red pteranodon (that resembles Rodan (1956)) and a dinosaur skeleton (whose form resembles Godzilla (1954)).
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About 45 minutes into the movie, there's a scene of a party on a beach in Honolulu, and a little girl notices the ocean pulling back away from the shore very quickly and frothing bubbles on the water. She alerts her father, who tells the others to run from the oncoming tsunami formed by the arrival of Godzilla. In 2004, ten-year-old Tilly Smith learned about the warning signs of tsunamis at Danes Hill School in Oxshott, Surrey in the United Kingdom. Less than two weeks later, she used that knowledge to warn others of an oncoming tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, saving nearly a hundred foreign tourists at Maikhao Beach in Thailand.
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen play husband and wife. They play brother and sister in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
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In San Francisco, Ford Brody climbs aboard a boat labeled "Go Whale Tours." Godzilla's original Japanese name, "Gojira", is a combination of "Gorilla" and "Kujira," the Japanese word for "whale."
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Retired Marine Sergeant Major James D. Dever, one of the film's military technical advisers, put Aaron Taylor-Johnson through a "mini boot camp" to "ensure he had good military bearing." Dever also helped stuntmen train for H.A.L.O. (high-altitude, low-opening) jumps.
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Haruo Nakajima, who portrayed Godzilla in a suit for the original Godzilla (1954), stated that he immensely enjoyed the film.
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Juliette Binoche was convinced to appear in this film after she received a letter from Gareth Edwards.
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Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were all Gareth Edwards's first choice for their respective roles. According to Hawkins, "He comes from the performance first, rather than how it looks. I never expected I would be cast in a film like this - and that's all thanks to Gareth. His cast is really unusual and interesting, and people you wouldn't normally see in this type of film, and I hope it makes for a different type of monster film."
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The skydiving sequence was actually shot in real-life by a team of professional skydive photographers, led by Norman Kent and Craig O'Brien.
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The film takes place in 1954, 1999, and 2014.
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The last collaboration for Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures, until Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) and the MonsterVerse, Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and Godzilla vs. Kong (2020).
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King Ghidorah was the antagonist in an early draft of the script, having crashed in the Arctic during the last Ice Age and being kept frozen in the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Depository (a cover by MONARCH), before escaping and fighting Godzilla in San Francisco. He was removed by Gareth Edwards, who felt that Ghidorah (being extraterrestrial) did not fit the film's "wrath of nature" theme, and to avoid similarities with the popular alien film Transformers (2007). Ghidorah will, however, appear in the sequel.
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The first installment of the MonsterVerse.
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At 355 feet tall, a full length of 550 feet 2 inches, and a weight of ninety thousand tons, this is the biggest and heaviest Godzilla, that has ever been portrayed.
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Shortly before release, many Japanese fans began to complain that Godzilla was "too fat." Many American fans retaliated with anti-fat shaming comments. The cast was even asked about it during the Hollywood premiere. Most of them joked about the fiasco. Luckily, there have been reports of other Japanese fans defended the design, stating that Godzilla actually looks, "proportionate," explaining that he would need a big torso to hold up his own weight.
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The movie was so successful, that two sequels were green-lit only two days after the premiere of the film.
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Legendary Pictures commissioned conceptual artwork of Godzilla, consistent with the Japanese design of the monster. The artwork was used in an augmented reality display produced by Talking Dog Studios. Every visitor to Comic-Con 2012 received a t-shirt, illustrated with the concept art. When viewed by a webcam at the Legendary Pictures booth, the image on-screen would spout radioactive breath, and Godzilla's distinctive roar could be heard.
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In the opening scene, Ken Watanabe is dressed as Special Effects Director Eiji Tsuburaya. When he worked at Toho, Tsuburaya wore a hat, glasses and suit jacket every day.
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A surprise teaser trailer and poster were revealed at Comic-Con 2012. The trailer included a monologue by J. Robert Oppenheimer, a nuclear physicist who worked on the atomic bomb, which, in the Godzilla canon, led to the creation of the monster.
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The MUTOS behavior combines aspects from various real-life insects * the male remains dormant for 15 years before emerging as a winged adult, similar to a periodical cicada. * the female is twice the size of the male but lacks wings, like fireflies and certain wasps. * they use long-distance mating calls, similar to crickets. * they grow and mature inside living hosts like endoparasitoid wasps do. * the female lays her eggs on a ready-prepared food source as flies and beetles do. * the courtship is somewhat like that of some spiders and mantises,where the male presents the female with a nuptial gift.
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At the premiere of the film, some Toho executives and staff members were said to have broken down in joy at the portrayal of their property Godzilla in this film.
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According to Gareth Edwards, the team started with the original Godzilla scream, then altered it, making fifty different versions of it, until finding the one scream that is used in the film.
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In the situation room on the Navy aircraft carrier, when Admiral Stenz is briefing Brody and other officers about the MUTOs and Godzilla heading to San Francisco, a display showing their trajectories identifies Godzilla as "Gojira."
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According to Serizawa, Godzilla first appeared in 1954, the same year as the original film of Godzilla (1954).
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The flagship of the task force is named "Saratoga", possibly after the World War II-era carrier that was sunk as a target during the nuclear bomb tests that are referenced in the film.
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Godzilla is implied to be the last of his kind, as the MUTO spores were found in the fossilized skeleton of another member of his kind, suggesting that the Godzilla species was wiped out by the MUTO with him as the sole survivor.
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The town in which the scene where Aaron Taylor-Johnson's character finds the nuclear missile on the train, is the same town that is used as Storybrooke in Once Upon a Time (2011).
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The U.S.S. Saratoga in the movie, has 88 as its hull number. That hull number has not yet been used in the real-world Navy, so this is a future Saratoga. An earlier real Saratoga, hull number 60, saw active service from 1956 to 1994. The first aircraft carrier named Saratoga was built before World War II, served in that war, and was intentionally sunk, along with several other retired navy ships, in the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb test, that is shown in the early minutes of the movie. A photo of that first Saratoga is shown hanging on the bulkhead (wall) in one scene aboard the movie Saratoga.
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While visualizing the H.A.L.O. skydiving sequence, György Ligeti's Requiem played on Gareth Edwards' iPod. He felt the music fit so well, that it ended up being in the final film.
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Since he has the ability to breathe with both gills and lungs Godzilla is considered more of an amphibian than a true reptile.
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The IMAX Cross Check Optimization Countdown preceding the 3D-IMAX presentations of the movie, features sound effects from Godzilla himself (footsteps, breathing, and finally, his deafening roar), in place of the bumper's usual music and sound effects.
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While the film did receive support from the Department of Defense, most of the support came from the U.S. Navy, and most of the U.S Army soldiers and equipment on the film were hired extras and rented vehicles. The Army did provide technical advisers to assist with the accuracy of the film, however.
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The song that plays when Serizawa sees Godzilla's dorsal spines protruding from the ocean and heading straight towards him, and when the soldiers shoot at Godzilla as he walks by is actually an update of Godzilla's theme song from Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), its also similar to Godzilla (1998) when Godzilla first emerges from the ocean to an old fisherman in New York.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Henry Cavill, Scoot McNairy, and Caleb Landry Jones were considered for the role of Lieutenant Brody.
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Based on the medieval art of sea monsters shown in the prologue, it is implied that this individual Godzilla has been alive for at least several centuries and the sea monsters spoken of in myth and legend were in fact sightings of him.
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This film originated from a proposed Godzilla film project by Yoshimitsu Banno (the director of 1971's Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)), tentatively titled "Godzilla 3D to the MAX". In 2005, just a few months after the release of Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), Banno obtained the rights from Toho to do a new Godzilla film at his Japan-based studio, Advanced Audiovisual Productions, in 3D-IMAX, exclusively for the American public. Toho would act as both technical advisers and distributors for the film in Japan. In it, Godzilla would battle a poisonous, shape-shifting monster called Deathla (a monster similar to Hedorah, only red and purple in color, and has a skull head), which awakened him from his slumber in Iguaçu Falls (between Brazil and Argentina). The battle between the two monsters progressively makes its way to Mexico City, and finally, Las Vegas. The story was over-the-top (partly to appeal to younger viewers), and was very strongly along the lines of Banno's "Smog Monster". To produce this film, Banno spent a few years searching for financiers to fund the film, which would be co-produced by Kenji Okuhira and Brian Rogers. (If made, veteran Special Effects Director Eiichi Asada would've handled the effects.) Eventually, in 2010, Banno struck a deal with Legendary Pictures, which took the project in a completely different direction, with Toho maintaining the same condition as before (technical advisers and distribution in Japan). As a result, both Banno and Okuhira ultimately became the Executive Producers of this film, with Rogers also as a Producer.
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The first frame of the movie is a pictograph of Mishipeshu, the "Great Water Lynx". This pictograph can be viewed at Agawa Pictographs in Lake Superior Provincial Park, north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
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Legendary Pictures filed a complaint for declaratory relief in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison had threatened to sue the production company for exercising its option to remove the producers from the movie. The complaint said that the trio's efforts had consisted of introducing a screenwriter and contributing notes that were not used.
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One of the main criticisms of this film was the lack of Godzilla himself, despite it having over twelve minutes of screen time (this is one of the highest amounts of screen times for Godzilla in a Godzilla movie). Many people criticized this "teasing" as boring and unfulfilling, while others praised its holding back of the monster as references to how the shark from Jaws (1975) was teased until the end.
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Sally Hawkins joined the cast almost three weeks after filming started.
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David Strathairn, who plays Admiral William Stenz, played J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist heading the creation of the first atomic bomb, on two occasions: in the television movie Day One (1989), and the American Experience (1988) documentary series.
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Unusual vehicles seen in the opening minutes of the movie include the Nissan Figaro and Nissan S-Cargo, both from the the Nissan Pike design project and rare even for Japan, and a Mitsuoka Viewt - a Nissan March based car styled to look like a small Mark II Jaguar.
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Globally, the movie performed relatively well at the box-office, and with film critics. However, in several countries, usually where the Godzilla franchise is not well known by the public, it under-performed in both areas, and is regarded as a failure. Some movie fans speculate that this might be the result of Godzilla's (and, in general, monster movies') obscurity and/or unpopularity in these countries. Although Roland Emmerich's previous American adaptation of the franchise, Godzilla (1998), was seen as a box-office failure in the United States, it was a smash hit with audiences in certain international markets, so its success could have directly caused the failure of this movie. In a nutshell, audiences in certain countries wanted more of Emerich's version, with many people falsely thinking that his was the original Godzilla movie, and that Gareth Edwards' film is a badly made remake of it.
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A four hundred foot stretch of the famous Golden Gate Bridge landmark was recreated at Kent Hangar Field (Vancouver, British Columbia), and surrounded by greenscreen, allowing photographic panoramas of the San Francisco skyline to be added digitally. The same spot has been used as the Golden Gate Bridge once before, in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011).
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Godzilla first uses his atomic breath 100 minutes into the film.
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Gareth Edwards' second theatrical movie as a director.
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Godzillas design's face is shaped very squarely, its neck is broad and has shark-like gills, making this the first Godzilla design to feature gills. His eyes are small and a golden yellow color, and his teeth are small and not nearly as straightly lined up as in previous Godzilla designs. The head and neck seem to lean forward more and the nostrils are more separate, being on opposite sides of the snout, and making him more reptile-like instead of the more mammalian fashion of being close together in the front compared to past designs. According to Andrew Baker, the filmmakers studied the faces of dogs, bears, and eagles in order to make Godzilla's face look noble and majestic, yet not too cute or threatening. His dorsal fins are smaller than the previous designs, but they still retain the core maple-leaf shape, although straighter and very sharp, somewhat like the MireGoji's creating a more jagged look when rising from the water. Godzilla's claws are black in color, and his feet are wider, resembling an elephant's feet with larger claws than the other Godzilla designs. His skin is more reptilian and crocodile-like, and rougher than the other designs, and is a very dark gray (almost black) color. His body and tail are very wide as well, making him look somewhat bulkier than other Godzilla designs. Legendary confirmed that their Godzilla's tail is 550 feet and 4 inches long, his height is 355 feet, there are exactly 89 dorsal spines running down his back, the palm of his hands are 34 feet and 4 inches each, and that his roar can be heard from 3 miles away, loud enough to make an opponent go deaf.
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There are certain similarities between the reception of this movie and the franchise's previous American installment, Godzilla (1998): both have had significant second week drop-offs in their attendance (about sixty percent in the U.S.), and when taking inflation into account, their box-office totals are also similar. Yet this movie is still regarded as a success, due to its stronger opening, for being better received by most critics, and for revitalizing the Godzilla franchise for the fans, though not necessarily for the public. In comparison, the 1998 adaptation had a significantly weaker opening, its inflated budget and expansive marketing meant that it had overall less profit, and it was a merchandising disaster in the U.S., forgotten by the public, and hated by fans. Interestingly, in some countries, these figures are reversed: the 1998 version became a success, and built up a fan following, and this movie is the one that "failed". It was made on a budget of one hundred sixty million dollars, earned just over two hundred million dollars in the U.S., and over five hundred million dollars worldwide. Not bad for having "failed".
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Some aspects of the MUTOS life-cycle are unclear. * the male was said to have emerged from the spore as a larva, yet the developing young seen inside the eggs already resemble the full grown adults. * while the female remained dormant the whole time, the male emerged as a larva and pupated before emerging as an adult in contrast, the female emerges from the spore already fully grown, seemingly having skipped the larva and pupa stages *the female already had a pouch filled with developing eggs before she even met the male: at what point were the eggs fertilized?
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First Godzilla movie to feature Oscar nominated actresses and actors (Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Ken Watanabe) since Nick Adams who starred in Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965). Adams was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Twilight of Honor (1963). Also, with Juliette Binoche, it is the first Godzilla film to feature an Academy Award winner. Bryan Cranston would later be nominated for the best actor Oscar in 2016.
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Gareth Edwards is a big fan of Godzilla, having watched the films as a child.
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David S. Goyer, Drew Pearce, and Frank Darabont all did uncredited work on the screenplay prior to Max Borenstein's involvement.
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This movie made more money than Pacific Rim (2013), and Godzilla (1998) worldwide.
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When Dr. Serizawa is showing Brody photographs from the hunt for Godzilla in 1954, a picture of the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the Nautilus, was shown. The Nautilus is also the iconic needle-nosed submarine from Jules Verne's classic tale "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". Toho, the studio that released Godzilla (1954), released Atragon (1963), that featured a titular submarine that drew heavy influence from the design of the Nautilus.
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Godzilla's first appearance on-screen (a pan up from his feet to his head), is how he first appeared in Godzilla 1985 (1985).
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Matthew Broderick played a scientist in Godzilla (1998) and was reportedly considered for the role of Walter White on Breaking Bad (2008), which was ultimately played by Bryan Cranston who also played a scientist in this movie.
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The film's budget was more than the 1998 film's entire domestic gross.
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David Strathairn's character at one point says, "Too many secrets". That was the buzz line and anagram in the movie Sneakers (1992) in which he appeared as Irwin "Whistler" Emery.
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Godzilla is portrayed through CGI and keyframe animation, with partial motion capture performance from T.J. Storm, Andy Serkis consulted on how to make Godzilla's and the MUTOs' CGI movements more realistic. VFX supervisor Jim Rygiel said this Godzillas fighting style was based on bears and komodo dragons as they stand up tall with their arms, which Godzilla does with the female MUTO, according to Moving Picture Company, VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron, Godzillas movements were also based on lions and wolves, this incarnation of Godzilla was designed to be as biologically plausible and "realistic" as possible, with the design process being to imagine what Godzilla would look like as a believable, real, natural animal.
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The last collaboration for Warner Bros. and Legendary until the MonsterVerse for the following films, Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and Godzilla vs. Kong (2020).
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This film was released in the United States by Warner Brothers beginning in May 2014. The only other Godzilla film they distributed was 55 years earlier, starting in May of 1959, when they released Godzilla Raids Again (1955) under the title "Gigantis, The Fire Monster".
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Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lawrence, Aly Michalka, Imogen Poots, Margot Robbie, Emilia Clarke, and Emmy Rossum were considered for the role of Elle Brody.
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Two major scenes were shot inside the newly rebuilt B.C. Place, in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.
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The little boy getting separated from his parents on the train harkens back to when Fumiko and Kazuo were separated in King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962). Even his getup (shirt, shorts and baseball cap) is evocative of the Showa films.
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Godzillas atomic breath is a less concentrated solid beam, that explodes like the 80s-2000s movies but more of a whispier heat wave, like the earlier Showa movies with him in it.
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Most of the skydiving sequence was shot over Skydive Perris in California, except for the parts of the team exiting from the airplane (this was done in the Inyokern Desert, California).
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The MUTOS are the first American-made kaiju to be specifically created for a Godzilla film, not counting the Gryphon from the unmade 1994 American Godzilla film and the TriStar Godzilla from Godzilla (1998).
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When Ford fills the nest with gasoline, the camera pans in to show a golden dragon statue head, a not so subtle reference to King Ghidorah.
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Though the female MUTO simply crouches into the nest when she lays her eggs, the eggs are neatly arranged in rows when Ford and his team enter the nest. It is possible that she possesses an ovipositor that allows her to adjust her eggs to the source of energy.
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The voiceover speech by Admiral Stenz, heard in the trailer, is not present anywhere in the final cut.
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Godzilla uses his atomic breath three times near the end.
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The backstory involves a nuclear submarine disappearing and the Americans and Soviets blaming each other for it before finding out that a certain nuclear dinosaur was the real culprit. This brings to mind the early scenes of The Return of Godzilla (1984).
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Godzilla being an ancient beast from a time when the conditions on Earth were severely inhospitable and his conflict with other monsters from the same time period references Godzilla Raids Again (1955). In both, the military attempts to lure fighting kaiju away with a fake-out plan, which falls apart. Also somewhat similar from the original Godzilla (1954), in which Godzilla is believed to have evolved from a hybrid species of dinosaurs and prehistoric sea reptiles.
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The prequel comic, Godzilla: Awakening has a location called "Moansta Island", a reference to Monster Island.
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Sound designers Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn were tasked with paying homage to it while revamping it and creating something new. According to Gareth Edwards, they spent six months over the three-year production experimenting with different techniques such as a pine tar-coated leather glove on a double bass trying to match the initial metallic shriek, the following wail, and the finishing bellow of Godzilla's iconic roar. Using microphones that could record sound inaudible to human ears, the team recorded hundreds of sounds at a 192 kHz sample rate before slowing them down to an audible range until they stumbled upon the combination that gave them goosebumps. The final version that was created was the 50th the team produced. The pair tested the roar on a back lot at Warner Bros., using a 100,000 watt tour speaker array for The Rolling Stones. The roar was powerful enough to rattle pipes and rooftops, and was estimated that it could be heard up to three miles away. For this experiment, the crew actually sent out fliers to surrounding communities warning the neighbors about the potential sound disruption; despite these preemptive measures, however, Burbank P.D. started getting calls and people were tweeting 'Godzilla's at my apartment door!'
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The MUTOS are completely original opponents of Godzilla, very rare since Titanosaurus in Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). Others include Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) and Godzilla 2000 (1999). Every other enemy Godzilla has fought since then are either enemies he has fought before, clones of him, or are derived from or based on an existing monster.
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B.A.R.T. is an acronym for Bay Area Rapid Transit. This is a subway and elevated heavy-rail public transportation system that has served the San Francisco Bay area since 1972.
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Adam S. Shen was cast to appear in the film as Carl Takahashi, but it was officially denied by Xing Qun (Constellation) Agency on behalf of Shang, and subsequently removed.
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Likely unintentional, but in Janjira, we see a giant millipede and a giant cockroach.
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The collapse of the Janjira plant has one shot where four origami crane figures are seen in a way that makes them look like Giant Flyers soaring over the plant, which hints at the Giant Flyer form the MUTO in the plant takes later in the film. There's also a bug crawling over a toy tank.
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There is a large red paper pteranodon in Ford's Japan classroom. Additionally, one can see a theropod dinosaur skeleton and a biology picture of a moth.
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The echolocation poster in Joe's apartment has a bat and a moth communicating with each other.
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The Navy display on the Saratoga displays Godzilla's name as "Gojira," the Hepburn transliteration of the katakana.
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Godzilla originally gained his true name from the Pacific islanders, who refer to him as "Gojira". Ishiro Serizawa also refers to him as "Gojira", prior to "Godzilla" being formally used. With that said, most of the English-speaking characters eventually start to call him "Godzilla" over the course of the film's events.
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While the Mutos aren't given names in the film, fans refer to the male one as "Hokmuto" (for being discovered in Hokkaido) and refer the female one as "Femuto" (for obvious reasons) based on script rumors.
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The Mutos have 11 minutes, of screentime.
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This movie has a character named Dr. Serizawa, an obvious tribute to the same character in the original "Godzilla". The original Dr. Serizawa was the scientist who reluctantly uses his device to reduce Godzilla to a skeleton.
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By going frame by frame through the opening credits it is possible to read the redacted data. At 01:07 there is a grammatical error. "EVIDENCE SHOW THAT..." should be " EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT... ".
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Juliette Binoche revealed in an interview that she took the role of Sandra Brody in this film to believably deliver a line from the script for "Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)" about a well-respected French actress also acting in blockbusters.
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Cameo 

Akira Takarada: An immigration officer. Takarada starred in the original Godzilla (1954) and appeared in numerous sequels. His scene was cut from the theatrical release, but appears on the DVD.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The movie takes many plot elements with Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott's script for a 1994 American version, which never got made:
  • An opening segment, set in the past, during which one of the main character's parents is killed. The story then jumps ahead to the present time, to show the surviving parent obsessed with solving the prior mysterious events.
  • Godzilla travels to San Francisco, destroying the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Ancient enemies are reawakened.
  • Godzilla battles a flying monster, which he hunts to kill.
  • Godzilla blows his atomic breath into the enemy monster, decapitating it.
It ends with Godzilla returning to the sea.
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According to Gareth Edwards, Godzilla was inspired by The Last Samurai (2003). "He's an ancient warrior, who's the last of his kind, and his kind has long since died out. He lives a very solitary lonely existence, and he's very happy to keep away from everyone, but we keep doing things to force him to return, and put things right."
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The news report at the end of the film reads "King of the Monsters". This is a reference to the subtitle of the American version of the original film: Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956), as well as an anticipation for Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).
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In the underground MUTO nest, after Lieutenant Brody opens the fuel valves on the tanker truck, the fuel pools over a sculpted head of a dragon. The head resembles that of King Ghidorah, one of Godzilla's archrivals.
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Brody never fires a shot from any of his firearms during the entire film.
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Many sequences in the trailers were different in the final film. For example, the shot of the shelter doors closing while Godzilla fights the flying monster showed only Godzilla in the trailer.
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This is the first American film where Godzilla is a heroic character, in keeping with his evolution from a villain to a hero in Japan.
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Quentin Tarantino admitted to crying during Juliette Binoche character's death scene, Tarantino stating it was "the first time I've ever cried during a 3-D blockbuster."
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When Brody and his dad are at their old house, you can see the word "Mothra" on the fish tank. Mothra was an old Godzilla archrival, that is a moth.
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T.J. Storm, who performed as Godzilla during the pre-visualization stages, wore a prosthetic tail, and motion capture gear. Producers had also supplied a "Barney" suit for reference, but Storm refused to wear it. However, the head of the costume came to use, when visualizing the segment, wherein Godzilla kills the MUTO by shooting his atomic breath down its throat, with the Barney head and mouth doubling as the monster's.
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The first and last human characters seen are the same, Drs. Serizawa and Graham.
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As Godzilla walks to the shore at the end, his theme score from Godzilla (1954) can be briefly heard.
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Despite heavy marketing featuring him, Bryan Cranston has less than thirty minutes of screentime.
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Strangely for Godzilla villains, the MUTO are portrayed with a hint of sympathy for their plight: they are not outright evil or malicious creatures, merely animals trying to survive and raise a family in a strange hostile world, a fact emphasized by scenes of the affectionate courtship and the mother MUTO mourning the destruction of her young.
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Godzilla being an ancient beast from a time when the conditions on Earth were severely inhospitable and his conflict with other monsters from the same time period references Godzilla Raids Again (1955).
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In spite of being called a "predator" of the MUTO, Godzilla never eats them once he catches and kills them. It is likely they are simply rival species, who Godzilla actively hunts and destroys as they pose a threat to the existence of his species.
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The Monarch organization is named after the Monarch butterfly. Its emblem features a butterfly-shaped symbol. This symbol is found on the helicopter in the beginning of the movie and can be spotted during the opening titles.
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The way Godzilla kills the female MUTO is the same way he killed the Gryphon in the unproduced 1994 Godzilla script. In the same vein, Godzilla is awakened to specifically fight two kaiju endangering the Earth - and one is winged.
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Just like in Godzilla (1998), the final act of the film features the human characters setting fire to the villainous monster's nest, but at the cost of invoking the mother's wrath. The only difference is that it's not Godzilla (who was asexual) who's angry at the humans this time, but the female MUTO.
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The story of the two MUTO and Godzilla share certain similarities to the Rudyard Kipling 'Jungle Book' story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi": Both the MUTO and the two cobras from the story are a mated pair trying to find a place to rear their young, with the female being larger and more dangerous. Both pose a threat to nearby humans, especially if they reproduce and produce a brood of deadly young. Both are threatened by their natural enemies (Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the mongoose/Godzilla) who is indirectly an ally of the humans. In both cases the natural enemy battles against the male first, managing to kill him. The unhatched eggs are destroyed, inciting the wrath of the deadlier female. The female directly threatens the main human protagonist, but Rikki-Tikki-Tavi/Godzilla arrives in time and manages to kill her. Both Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Godzilla are considered as heroes, even though their actions were of no noble intent but merely their natural instinct to hunt their natural enemy.
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