Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film featuring the Japanese film monster of the same name in a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise. The film 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. The film is directed by .
The film is a co-production between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, with participation by Toho. Warner Bros. will also distribute the film worldwide, except in Japan where it will be distributed by Toho.It is the second Godzilla film to be fully filmed by an American studio, the first being the 1998 film of the same name. This film received wide release worldwide on May 15, 2014, in the United States on May 16, 2014, and is scheduled for release in China on June 13 and Japan on July 25, 2014 in 2D and 3D.
The film begins with film reels showing the preparation and detonation of a nuclear bomb at Bikini Atoll. Before the bomb detonates, a huge object rises out of the ocean.
In 1999, scientists Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham (Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins) are called to a quarry in the Philippines where an enormous skeleton and two egg-shaped pods have been discovered. Shortly after realizing one of the pods has hatched, the Janjira Nuclear Plant near Tokyo, Japan suffers an explosion and radiation leak. Plant supervisor Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) attempts to save his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) and her team, but they fail to escape the containment area in time and Joe is forced to close the containment doors on her and her team. Their son, Ford, observes the total collapse of the plant from his school. The event, attributed to an earthquake, results in the evacuation and quarantine of the Janjira area.
Fifteen years later, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is an explosive ordinance disposal officer in the United States Navy, living in San Francisco with wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and son Sam (Carson Bolde). When Joe is arrested for trespassing in the quarantined area, Ford travels to Japan to assist him. He is convinced by Joe, who believes the event to be a cover-up, to come with him to Janjira. There they discover no signs of radiation and are soon caught and taken in custody inside a secret complex built within the plant ruins. Inside the complex, a massive chrysalis (similar to the one seen in the Philippines fifteen years prior) is being studied led by Dr. Serizawa and Graham. The chrysalis hatches and unleashes a gigantic winged creature, which flies off after obliterating the facility containing it. Joe is wounded in the chaos and dies shortly after the carnage has settled, while Ford joins a US Navy team to track the monster, which is using the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga as centre of operations for the mission.