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Seeing as Legendary Pictures hasn't yet released a trailer or full plot synopsis for the upcoming Godzilla 2014 reboot, I thought I would piece together the story we know so far based on what we know from set footage, Comic-con teaser footage, and a little educated guessing.

Up to date, the only synopsis released is posted on Legendary's Godzilla page:

"An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence."


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Godzilla's origins are still Japanese and still nuclear. The story takes place in the modern day, but Godzilla may have historical origins in the aftermath of WWII and perhaps re-awakened in present day. Godzilla is bigger than he's ever been, at an estimated 120-150 meters((394-492 feet) tall. However, based on director Gareth Edwards comments in an interview, Godzilla may not have his trademark atomic breath. The only real leap of disbelief he's asking the audience to take is that giant monsters exist

The human story focuses squarely on the three lead characters; Lieutenant Ford(Aaron Taylor-Johnson, His Stepfather"The General"(Bryan Cranston), and his nurse wife and mother to their child. (Elizabeth Olson).


Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston on Set for Godzilla 2014
We also have an international supporting cast, French actress Juliette Binoche(Chocolat). When I saw she was cast, I couldn't help but think of John Reno from the 1989 American Godzilla movie. He was a French government agent trying to take responsibility for French nuclear tests which presumably gave rise to that Godzilla. Will Binoche be playing  similar role, probably not. 

Also Japanese actor Ken Watanabe(Last Samurai, Batman Begins, Inception) is co-starring.. Watanabe is playing a scientist, perhaps a reincarnation of Dr. Serizawa from the original Gojira. There will also be a cameo appearance by veteran Japanese actor Akira Takarada, who played the dashing young sailor Ogata in the original Gojira, as well as in numerous franchise sequels.

Plot synopsis:

Godzilla first appears in Japan. It's awakened by or causes the destruction of a "Janjira"nuclear power plant which goes into melt-down. Godzilla destroys a fishing village which later becomes a "Quarantine Zone". Lieutenant Ford and his stepfather, who is stationed in Japan, go to the village to investigate. They've jerry-rigged Hazmat  suits by tying tape around their wrists and ankles to prevent exposure to nuclear radiation and are filmed looking up at "something". (It's unclear as  whether Godzilla attacked the village at sometime in decades past or present.)



Official Godzilla 2014 Concept Art
Later, Godzilla swims across the pacific ocean. He attacks an aircraft carrier and also destroys Waikiki beach. There are lots of shots of destruction and FEMA relief efforts.

A giant, insect like monster attacks an airport, destroying planes. Soon Godzilla appears, dwarfing the other creature and they battle.(I wonder if this monster will be similar to Legion(Gamera: Advent of Legion), Destroyah(Godzilla vs. Destroyah), or Cloverfield monsters with many smaller creatures and a much larger parent monster.)


Godzilla 2014 Insect Monster Foe SketchesThe climactic battle scene takes place in San Fransisco. There's a major battle between the military and Godzilla, there is a "Halo Team" carrying a special bomb and a Geiger counter. It's probably also where Godzilla battles the other kaiju monster or monsters.

This is just a rough outline based on filmed scenes. There will be more details and a trailer soon, I hope.

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