Godzilla (2014 film)

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Flagicon Japan.png GODZILLA ゴジラ (2014)

Directed by Gareth Edwards
Producer(s) Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers
Written by David Callaham, Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Distributor Warner Bros.
Rating PG-13
Budget $160 million[1]
Box office $200,676,069[2]
Running time 123 minutes
(2 hours and 3 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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The world ends, Godzilla begins. (世界が終わる、ゴジラが目覚める。)

— Japanese tagline[3]

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


In 1954, the United States military, in cooperation with the organization Monarch, prepares and detonates a hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll, its target a massive creature known as Godzilla.

In 1999, Monarch representative Dr. 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 Yucca Mountain 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 reveal to Ford that they work for Monarch. Serizawa reveals that they knew of the creature beforehand, and explains to Ford what the monster that attacked the plant, now referred to as a MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism), is, detailing its ancient origins and how 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 failed attempts to kill him with nuclear weaponry since the USS Nautilus inadvertently awakened him in 1954, and the subsequent cover-up stories. Ford informs Serizawa of what his father knew, explaining that Joe mentioned tracking a form of echolocation within Janjira, leading the team to think that the MUTO 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. The team eventually comes upon the winged MUTO, which is feeding on the submarine's nuclear warheads. After noticing the military it sends out an electromagnetic pulse which shuts down all electronics within miles. Meanwhile, Ford is boarding a tram at the Honolulu International Airport, 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 MUTO, the train comes to a standstill for a moment before the power returns, only for lights to reveal the MUTO approaching the train. Ford and Akio are almost killed by the MUTO, 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 MUTO's actions start a chain reaction that leads to mass destruction at the airport, where Godzilla arrives. After a brief fight, the MUTO 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 MUTO. They later question why the MUTO 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 MUTO is female whereas the winged one is a male and that they plan on nesting in San Francisco. Admiral William Stenz approves a plan 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 MUTOs.

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 MUTO, 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 MUTO arrives in San Francisco 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 MUTOs, the military allow him to proceed into the city.

The MUTOs meet in downtown San Francisco and start building their nest after a short mating ritual. The male MUTO is attacked by Godzilla and another conflict ensues. Ford volunteers to go on a HALO drop with a team in order to retrieve the warhead from the MUTO 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 MUTO 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 MUTOs could hatch. This attracts the female MUTO's attention, and inadvertently saves Godzilla, who was being overwhelmed by the MUTOs. The MUTOs leave Godzilla and rush to their nest. The female MUTO spots Ford, but before she can kill him, he is saved by Godzilla, who knocks the female MUTO 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. 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 the team is loading the warhead onto a boat, the female MUTO 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, whose EMP deactivates the boat. Wounded and exhausted, he attempts to hold her back with his sidearm. However, Godzilla returns and grabs the MUTO from behind 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 at a safe distance from the city.

The next day, during the aftermath of the chaos, Ford 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.


A transcript of Godzilla's opening credits, including the redacted text, can be found on Birth.Movies.Death. The end credits are available on SciFi Japan.

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


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

  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson   as   Lieutenant Ford Brody, U.S. Navy EOD technician
  • Ken Watanabe   as   Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, Monarch biologist
  • Elizabeth Olsen   as   Elle Brody, ER nurse
  • Sally Hawkins   as   Dr. Vivienne Graham, Monarch paleontologist
  • David Strathairn   as   Admiral William Stenz, commander of the USS Saratoga
  • Bryan Cranston   as   Joseph Brody, nuclear physicist
  • Juliette Binoche   as   Sandra Brody, nuclear plant technician
  • Carson Bolde   as   Sam Brody, Ford's son
  • 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, Monarch scientist
  • Richard T. Jones   as   Captain Russell Hampton
  • Al Sapienza   as   Huddleston, chief security officer at MUTO research facility
  • 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)
  • TJ Storm   as   Godzilla (motion capture, uncredited)[4]

Japanese Dub

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

  • Fuminori Komatsu   as   Lieutenant Ford Brody
  • Yuzu Aoki   as   Young Ford Brody
  • Ken Watanabe   as   Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
  • Yasuyoshi Hara   as   Joseph Brody
  • Haru   as   Elle Brody
  • Yuki Sakurai   as   Sam Brody
  • Rieko Takahashi   as   Dr. Vivienne Graham
  • Kaori Yamagata   as   Sandra Brody
  • Katsuhiko Sasaki   as   Admiral William Stenz
  • Kenji Nomura   as   Captain Russell Hampton
  • Toru Sakurai   as   Sergeant Tre Morales
  • Yasuhiko Nemoto   as   Master Sergeant Marcus Waltz
  • Shuhei Sakaguchi   as   Jump Master Griffin
  • Michiko Kaiden   as   Officer Martinez
  • Masamichi Kitada   as   Takashi
  • Naomi Kusumi   as   Stan Walsh
  • Haruo Yamagishi   as   Hayato
  • Tetsuo Kanao   as   Whalen
  • Takeshi Maruyama   as   Jainway
  • Shiro Sano   as   Military analyst



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Main article: Godzilla: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Godzilla's soundtrack, released as "Godzilla: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," was composed by Alexandre Desplat. The soundtrack contains 20 tracks.

Theatrical Releases

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  • United States - May 16, 2014
  • Japan - July 25, 2014 (Distributed by Toho)   [view poster]Japanese poster
  • Argentina - May 15, 2014
  • Australia - May 15, 2014
  • Austria - May 16, 2014
  • Belgium - May 14, 2014
  • Bolivia - May 14, 2014
  • Brazil - May 14, 2014
  • Bulgaria - May 16, 2014
  • Canada - May 16, 2014
  • Chile - May 15, 2014
  • China - June 13, 2014   [view poster]Chinese poster
  • Colombia - May 16, 2014
  • Croatia - May 15, 2014
  • Cyprus - May 16, 2014
  • Czech Republic - May 15, 2014
  • Denmark - May 15, 2014
  • Egypt - May 14, 2014
  • Estonia - May 16, 2014
  • Finland - May 16, 2014
  • France - May 14, 2014
  • Germany - May 15, 2014   [view poster]German poster
  • Greece - May 15, 2014
  • Hong Kong - May 15, 2014
  • Hungary - May 15, 2014
  • Iceland - May 16, 2014
  • India - May 16, 2014
  • Indonesia - May 16, 2014
  • Israel - May 15, 2014
  • Italy - May 15, 2014
  • Korea - May 15, 2014
  • Latvia - May 16, 2014
  • Lebanon - May 15, 2014
  • Lithuania - May 16, 2014
  • Malaysia - May 15, 2014
  • Mexico - May 15, 2014
  • Netherlands - May 15, 2014
  • New Zealand - May 15, 2014
  • Norway - May 16, 2014
  • Panama - May 16, 2014
  • Peru - May 15, 2014
  • Philippines - May 15, 2014
  • Poland - May 16, 2014
  • Portugal - May 15, 2014
  • Puerto Rico - May 15, 2014
  • România - May 16, 2014
  • Russia - May 15, 2014
  • Serbia - May 15, 2014
  • Singapore - May 15, 2014
  • South Africa - May 30, 2014
  • South Korea   [view poster]South Korean poster
  • Spain - May 16, 2014   [view poster]Spanish poster
  • Sweden - May 14, 2014
  • Switzerland (French) - May 14, 2014
  • Switzerland (German) - May 15, 2014
  • Taiwan - May 16, 2014
  • Thailand - May 15, 2014
  • Turkey - May 16, 2014
  • Ukraine - May 15, 2014
  • United Arab Emirates - May 15, 2014
  • United Kingdom - May 15, 2014   [view poster]English poster
  • Uruguay - May 15, 2014
  • Venezuela - May 16, 2014

Premium Formats

  • 3D (post-converted)
  • IMAX 3D
  • Dolby Atmos

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,[5] and ended up surpassing it slightly with $103 million.[6] By next Friday, on May 24, Godzilla only received $8.8 million.[7] By the end of the four-day weekend that started on May 25, the movie had collected $38.4 million due to strong marketing,[8] and fell down to $3.3 million the rest of the week[9] and to $12 million on the May-June weekend.[10]

Godzilla earned £10,109,175 ($17,003,642) on its opening weekend in the United Kingdom[11] and a total of 149,098,752 Mexican dollars (US $11,559,835) on its opening weekend in Mexico.[12]

When Godzilla opened in China on June, it received $10.9 million for the biggest opening day of 2014.[13]

Godzilla's opening weekend box office total for Japan was ¥1,657,853,474, or $16,283,798.[14]

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).[2]


Godzilla has received generally positive reviews by critics and fans alike.[15][16] 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."[17] IGN gave it 9.0 out of 10.[18] Critics have praised Gareth Edwards' direction,[19] the film's visual effects,[20] cinematography,[21] respect for the source material, creature designs,[22] use of slow build-up,[23] Alexandre Desplat's musical score, and Bryan Cranston's performance.[24]

The movie has also received its fair share of criticism, however. Most of the complaints revolve around the fact that Godzilla received relatively little screen time, less screen time than the MUTOs in fact, and that the monster battles don't take up much of the movie's running time. Some critics also found the film's characters to be underdeveloped.[25] In addition, many critics and audience members found Ford Brody to be a bland and generic protagonist, 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 almost universal praise.

On opening day in Japan, the film received 3.55 out of 5 stars on Yahoo! Eiga.[26][27] Toho themselves reacted positively to the film, with Edwards saying they thought it was "fantastic".[28] Shinji Higuchi, co-director of Shin Godzilla, later praised the film as a "masterpiece" in an interview with the Associated Press in July 2015.[29]


The first award Godzilla received, or rather Legendary Pictures received 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 financially successful Godzilla did. Alex Garcia attended and accepted the award on Legendary's behalf.[30]

Godzilla was a contender for an Oscar nomination for 'Sound Editing.'[31] Though it ultimately did not receive a nomination, key grips David McIntosh, Steve Smith, Mike Branham, and Mike Kirilenko won a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy in 2016 for the inflatable green screen they invented for the film's Golden Gate Bridge sequence.[32]

Godzilla was also nominated for 'Best Science Fiction Film Release' and 'Best Film Music' as part of the 41st annual Saturn Awards.[33]

Video Releases

Warner Bros. / Toho DVD + Digital HD (2014)

  • Region: Various
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: English, Spanish, Canadian French (Surround 5.1) [U.S. release - will vary depending on country]
  • Special Features: Four behind-the-scenes featurettes on Godzilla (19 minutes), the MUTOs (7 minutes), on-set and digital scenes of destruction (8 minutes), and the filming of the H.A.L.O. jump (5 minutes); three featurettes told from an in-universe perspective (15 minutes total), Japanese trailers and TV spots (Toho release only)
  • Notes: A single-disc version without special features can be found packaged with Pacific Rim. Reissued in 2019 with a new slipcover.

Warner Bros. / Toho Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD (2014)

  • Region: Various
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: English (DTS HD-Master Audio 7.1, 5.1 Surround), Spanish, Canadian French (Surround 5.1) [U.S. release - will vary depending on country]
  • Special Features: Four behind-the-scenes featurettes on Godzilla (19 minutes), the MUTOs (7 minutes), on-set and digital scenes of destruction (8 minutes), and the filming of the H.A.L.O. jump (5 minutes); three featurettes told from an in-universe perspective (15 minutes total); "Godzilla: Rebirth of an Icon" featurette (28 minutes, Target exclusive); Japanese trailers and TV spots (Toho release only)
  • Notes: Reissued in 2017 and 2019 with new slipcases, and in 2018 with a new face plate. FYE exclusively sold a SteelBook edition beginning in 2019.

Warner Bros. / Toho 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD (2014)

  • Region: Various
  • Discs: 3
  • Audio: English (DTS HD-Master Audio 7.1, 5.1 Surround), Spanish, Canadian French (Surround 5.1) [U.S. release - will vary depending on country]
  • Special Features: Four behind-the-scenes featurettes on Godzilla (19 minutes), the MUTOs (7 minutes), on-set and digital scenes of destruction (8 minutes), and the filming of the H.A.L.O. jump (5 minutes); three featurettes told from an in-universe perspective (15 minutes total); Japanese trailers and TV spots (Toho release only)

Toho 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD (2015)

  • Region: A/1
  • Discs: 5
  • Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1), Japanese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Special Features: Four behind-the-scenes featurettes on Godzilla (19 minutes), the MUTOs (7 minutes), on-set and digital scenes of destruction (8 minutes), and the filming of the H.A.L.O. jump (5 minutes); three featurettes told from an in-universe perspective (15 minutes total); Japanese trailers and TV spots; documentary on the film's release in Japan; overview of Godzilla's designs; interviews of staff members throughout the Godzilla series; Godzilla 60 Anniversary Discussion featuring Akira Takarada; Yoshimitsu Banno interview; Monster Planet of Godzilla short film; poster gallery; movie program
  • Notes: Limited production run of 8,000 copies. Comes with an exclusive "poster variant" of the S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2014 figure.

For variations in packaging, refer to the gallery page.


Main articles: Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla vs. Kong.

Gareth Edwards stated that he wanted Godzilla to work as a standalone film with a definitive ending, and opposed suggestions that the ending should leave the film open for a sequel.[34] While Edwards wasn't against the possibility of future sequels, his main concern was delivering a satisfying experience with the current film; "I want a story that begins and ends, and you leave on a high. That's all we cared about when we were making this; just this film. If this film is good, the others can come, but let’s just pay attention to this and not get sidetracked by other things."[35]

On May 18th, 2014, after its successful opening weekend, a sequel was officially given the green light from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. The sequel was known by the working title Godzilla 2 before receiving the official title Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Edwards was initially confirmed to be directing the sequel, but it was unknown if any of the previous cast would be returning. In a previous interview with Gareth Edwards, he said that if the film were to have a sequel that he would like to do a Destroy All Monsters-like film.[36]

On July 26, 2014, the official Legendary Twitter announced that Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah will be appearing in the sequel and showed teaser footage of it.[37]

A piece of "Classified Monarch Footage," a teaser for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, was shown in Comic-Con 2014. According to eye-witnesses, it looked like it was put together in the 1960s, with audio of John F. Kennedy talking about threats and dangers. Text comes on the screen saying that there was one more secret: "There were others." A pterodactyl-like shadow and "CODENAME: RODAN." An extreme close-up of a giant moth creature and "CODENAME: MOTHRA." Then a silhouette and quick cuts around a dragon-like shape figure and "CODENAME: GHIDORAH." Finally, "THREAT ASSESSMENT: CONFLICT INEVITABLE," followed by "LET THEM FIGHT."[38]

On October 14, 2015, Legendary Pictures confirmed the production of a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla titled Godzilla vs. Kong for a 2020 release. Legendary revealed its plans to create a shared cinematic universe, dubbed the MonsterVerse, featuring Godzilla and King Kong, with the upcoming film Kong: Skull Island serving as the next entry. Kong: Skull Island will be released in 2017, followed by Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019, and finally Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020.[39] Gareth Edwards has since dropped out of Godzilla: King of the Monsters to work on other projects, and was replaced by Michael Dougherty, director of Trick 'r Treat and Krampus.


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  • This film would have been actor Akira Takarada's first appearance in a non-Japanese Godzilla film, as he filmed a cameo as a customs officer that would greet Ford Brody in Tokyo. However, his scene was cut from the final film, though Takarada was present at the film's Japanese premiere.
  • Most of the producers for this film were also involved with Pacific Rim.
  • When Ford and Joe are searching through the ruins of their former home in the quarantine zone, the words "Ford's Mothra" can be seen printed below a glass case. The "ra" is in a different font, apparently the font of the "Janjira" logo, suggesting two stickers or pieces of tape laid over each other.
  • At 355 ft. tall, the Godzilla in this film was the largest yet in the film series.[40] On March 31, 2015, it was confirmed that the Godzilla in Toho's Shin Godzilla would exceed the size of Legendary's Godzilla.[41]
  • This film appears to borrow some plot elements from the script of the unmade 1994 TriStar Godzilla film:
    • In both, Godzilla is believed to be destined to save the Earth from monsters that are more of a threat to it than him (the Gryphon and the MUTOs, respectively).
    • Both have Godzilla beheading the enemy monster.
    • The military believes Godzilla to be the bigger threat in both until Godzilla defeats the main threat.
    • The biggest difference is that while the Godzilla in this film does not deliberately cause destruction in any location and avoids conflict with the military, the Godzilla from the cancelled TriStar script actually does seem to deliberately attack human settlements, specifically the Japanese Kurila islands, and decimates the military's forces willingly when attacked.
  • The film also shares a great deal of plot similarities with Gamera: Guardian of the Universe from 1995.
    • Like Gamera who reemerges in the modern day to defeat his ancient enemy Gyaos, Godzilla reawakens to battle the MUTOs.
    • Like Gyaos who is reawakened and empowered due to humanity's destruction to the environment, the MUTOs are reawakened by human activity and feed on manmade nuclear materials.
    • The JSDF mistakenly believes Gamera to be the greater threat compared to Gyaos before finally deciding to "let them fight" in a major urban center in the film's climactic battle. In both cases, the heroic monster tries to stop his enemy from reproducing from its nest in the heart of the city.
    • Gamera beheads Gyaos before returning back to the ocean triumphantly, exactly as Godzilla does to the female MUTO.
    • In an interview with Kinema Junpo, Shusuke Kaneko, director of Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, himself acknowledged these similarities and commented: "Gareth... of course he must have watched Gamera. It's alright though."[42]
  • This is the first film since Terror of Mechagodzilla where Godzilla does not intentionally cause destruction. A possible reason for this is that the director of the film, Gareth Edwards, was more familiar with the more lighthearted and heroic incarnations of the character, specifically the one from Hanna-Barbera's Godzilla animated series, when he was a boy growing up in Warwickshire in the center of England.[43]
  • One of the lines quickly "classified" in the opening credits reads: "Are these animals real? Can we prove they exist? Or are they merely men in rubber suits with costumes designed by tricksters?", referencing Godzilla's real-life origins.
  • In one of the original drafts of the 2014 film, it was mentioned Godzilla was going to be 600 feet tall.[44]
  • Jolyon Yates, who was responsible for the drawing of the anatomy of several Gamera kaiju for the Shout! Factory DVD releases of the Showa Gamera films and who designed the filming crew's t-shirts for the 2014 Godzilla film, makes a cameo in the film itself as one of the workers escaping the Janjira power plant.[45][46]
  • This is the first Godzilla film released in 3D, with the exception of the short film Monster Planet of Godzilla created for a ride at Sanrio Purioland. Godzilla was not filmed in 3D, but post-converted.

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  1. 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.]
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16 days ago
Score 0
I feel like the film retconned the 1954 film


one month ago
Score 0
If only Bryan Cranston's character didn't die in the first act. It would've been way better if he died in the third act. Oh well..


one month ago
Score 0
Love it! (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤


one month ago
Score 0

I think this is a pretty good movie, but it could've been better. I agree with most people regarding the flaws of the film. I feel like it would be so much better if it SHOWED the Godzilla and Male MUTO fight in Honululu, like for real. That way we wouldn't have to wait so long for the final battle. From what I saw on the TV screen it looked like a cool fight and that just really frustrates me that they didn't show it. Also, while it doesn't bother me too much, especially with Godzilla KOTM, I can't say I'm entirely a fan of Godzilla never destroying any buildings in the MonsterVerse. Just think about how incredible a Hollywood CGI Godzilla destruction scene could be.

Also it bothers me when people keep saying "Oh, he has the same amount of screentime as in Gojira", and I'm just like, yeah, that was made in the 50s in Japan with a much smaller budget when Godzilla was portrayed by a man in a suit that was basically torture to be in. This is a 2014 Hollywood movie with a $160 million dollar budget and had a CGI Godzilla. That's not a valid excuse.


2 months ago
Score 0
I hate the Godzilla fanbases problem with opinions when I say I hate this Godzilla movie they get angry at me and treat it being good like it’s a fact the same with when I say I liked the anime trilogy( although I can see why people hate the anime trilogy )

Titan of Water

2 months ago
Score 0
They’re always gonna be jerks in a fan base, just ignore them. Also keep in mind people should be able to voice their opinion as long as they’re respectful.


2 months ago
Score 0
PA!! No one likes this movie!! and for good reason lmao, this along with shin and the anime trilogy is one of the most mediocre films in recent history!!

Astounding Beyond Belief

2 months ago
Score 0
You're, uh, really going with that as your put-down, huh?

The King of the Monsters

2 months ago
Score 1
Ah yes, Shin certainly is a mediocre movie as you can tell by the fact it's the most critically and financially successful Godzilla film ever made and swept multiple awards in Japan, including Best Picture at the Japan Academy Awards. Surely everyone finds it to be one of the most mediocre films ever made.


2 months ago
Score 0
I loved Shin Godzilla so it’s not mediocre to me at least so that’s your opinion


one month ago
Score 0
Have ya ever heard of an opinion hmmm? Plus mediocre films can be still popular, the bayformers a good example

Luigi Bro

3 months ago
Score 0

5146 Adam

3 months ago
Score 1
No offense, but most of one aspect is lacking in the movie for me: the characters, but that's just me. You can like it how much you want :D


3 months ago
Score 0
In all my years as a fan, I don't think I've ever hated a Godzilla movie as much as I hate this one.

5146 Adam

3 months ago
Score 0
Godzilla's Revenge: Hold my beer


3 months ago
Score 0


All monsters attack: hah! Amateurs


24 days ago
Score 0
They are the same film tho

Titan of Water

10 months ago
Score 2
This was the movie that introduced me to Godzilla.


9 months ago
Score 1
me too this film is amazing.


7 months ago
Score 0
Really? You must be younger than me, ‘cause my first introduction to Godzilla was Godzilla vs. Biollante (on VHS). (P.S. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and everyone on this site!)

Titan of Water

7 months ago
Score 0
Merry Christmas to you too. I’m only and teen, so I was about twelve when this movie came out.

Titan of Water

7 months ago
Score 0
and should be am btw


21 months ago
Score 0
Are you serious? The reason why Godzilla didn't get alot of screentime is to build up suspense. This was caused to make viewers wanting to know what happens next. I can't believe they literally whined about him not getting screentime


16 months ago
Score 0
Well, a lot of people paid to see a Godzilla movie with Godzilla in it rather than watching a movie about a Soldier trying to come home with Godzilla as more of a side plot. I may be wrong but that's just me. While yes teasing something is a great way to hold suspense but it's the way they did it that pissed people off and when the final fight begins they were mentally drained. Once again I may be completely wrong.


3 months ago
Score 0
They went about it the COMPLETE wrong way. They killed their own suspense by showing the monsters too early and not having a satisfying payoff.


23 months ago
Score 2
I didn't like this one do to how godzilla is a side story

Toa Hydros

24 months ago
Score 1

My Thoughts: Godzilla 2014

It's kinda hard for me to fairly rank this film. It was the first Godzilla movie I ever saw in theaters, and I initially found it to be an amazing experience. But repeated viewings and comparing it to previous films in the series have defogged the fanboy glasses a bit.

The most common complaint leveled at this movie is the little time devoted to Godzilla and his battles against the MUTOs, and... yeah, I'd be lying if I said I didn't find that annoying. While the build-up to Goji's first appearance is mostly well done (dat foot-stomp...), it becomes frustrating when it suddenly cuts away from what should have been an exciting monster battle, leaving us to just wait until the monsters all meet up nearly an hour later.

The human characters range from uninspired to very likable; Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an exceedingly dull protagonist, while Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe are both as distinguished and interesting as they are underplayed.

There are great things about the film though: The opening scene is one of the best I've seen in a Godzilla movie, and as I said before, the build up to his first appearance is well executed. The monster scenes, while irritatingly brief, are still very cool; they drive home just how big and powerful these creatures are in a way we've never really scene before. Godzilla's first use of his atomic breath and the Kiss of Death fatality had the entire theater roaring with applause, myself included.

The monster designs are also good. LegendaryGoji is pretty much what I always envisioned the Big G should look like in a big budget Hollywood reboot: ancient, stocky and muscular. The MUTOs are also pretty cool; I've heard people complain they are Cloverfield ripoffs, but I've never really seen much resemblance between them beyond the front legs.

Overall, I liked this movie. For all its flaws, I still think it is a worthy installment in the series, and a more respectful depiction of Godzilla than America's last attempt.

I say give it a watch.


28 months ago
Score 0
For me this ranks as one my least favorite Godzilla films after G98 and All monsters attack. I think people only liked this movie cause of Godzilla's new design.

Astounding Beyond Belief

28 months ago
Score 1
Godzilla has had a lot of new designs.

Green Blob Thing

28 months ago
Score 3
Actually people liked this movie because it was good. The acting is mostly great, the writing is good, the direction is also good and the monsters are awesome.


29 months ago
Score 1

Check out these interesting concepts that Carlos Huante pitched to legendary prior to this movies production/release



29 months ago
Score 1
Does anyone else think it's weird that both G14 and KSl use Crossroads baker test footage and market it as castle bravo?

Astounding Beyond Belief

29 months ago
Score 1
Not really. Crossroads was weaker and thus could be filmed at a much closer distance. What is weird is seeing the exact same shot in G14 and G98.


28 months ago
Score 1
This film and the 98 movie are so visually similar in terms of human action.


29 months ago
Score 1
Kong: Skull island would destroy this film if it was a competitor

Astounding Beyond Belief

29 months ago
Score 1
I will be pleasantly surprised if KSI cracks $500 million.


29 months ago
Score 1
I think it will make more than that


29 months ago
Score 1
according to box office mojo Kong Skull Island currently sits at $395,653,451 worldwide.


28 months ago
Score 2

I was right! Kong surpasses Godzilla's $529,076,069 at $534,354,724.



Astounding Beyond Belief

28 months ago
Score 1
Well, that can only be good news for the MonsterVerse (especially since Kong cost $25 million more).


30 months ago
Score 2
My favorite Godzilla movie.


31 months ago
Score 1
My favorite Godzilla movie (along with Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla 1974, GMK and the Kiryu saga). a really great tribute to the whole franchise, and even though i do like Shin, i still find G14 superior.


32 months ago
Score 1
I love this movie.


32 months ago
Score 1
I find this movie being boring.


33 months ago
Score 1
I guess the Godzilla in the poster is his original height of 600 feet tall, as seen in one scene of the film that he's even smaller than the Transamerica Pyramid (the tallest building in San Francisco).

The King of the Monsters

34 months ago
Score 1

This movie will finally be showing on basic cable TV starting October 28. Looks like at first it will be showing on TNT, and will be preceded by Pacific Rim.



36 months ago
Score 1
Ahh, I remember following the development of this film extremely closely back on Wikia. It was so frantic...


34 months ago
Score 0
One of the most laggy pages on the wiki.


28 months ago
Score 1
Most likely due to so many images in the gallery. Especially the trailer sections which go frame by frame.
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