This first footage from Gareth Edwards's upcoming American Godzilla movie — which unfortunately Warner Bros. has taken off YouTube —is simple, reassuring, and incredibly effective. Here are a few comments on what we saw.
The quote playing over the video is from Manhattan Project participant J. Robert Oppenheimer, which is obviously quite appropriate. "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." Oh, we can't wait for this one, although I guess we'll have to wait until it premieres on May 16th, 2014, at least.
When we spoke with director Edwards at Comic-Con in July, he promised that the movie would stay true to the roots of the Japanese 1954 version, which is a fairly scary morality tale about the use of atomic weapons. And this teaser — with the long, ominous quote from atomic scientist Oppenheimer — definitely makes good on his claim.