Trailer Review: 'Godzilla' redux starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Godzilla spent his spring ripping up Richmond, B.C., and now we're finally seeing the footage.

Granted, it's just a trailer – a fine one at that – and the Vancouver area has been turned into New York – like always – but the blockbuster is almost upon our theatres. The end of the trailer is tagged with the line 'COMING SOON' and the film has been scheduled for release on May 16, 2014.

Godzilla, which has been an estimated $160-million production, is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Savages), Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston, who's fresh off his star-making turn as meth maestro Walter White on AMC's Breaking Bad.

The film was also expected to leave a nice economic footprint behind – a Godzilla-size footprint, of course – in Richmond.

From the Richmond Review on May 14, 2013:

Compared to TV shows that drop into Richmond for filming, the impact of a big-budget Hollywood production coming to town is literally 10 times as large, according to assistant location manager Michael LeGresley, who worked on the first season of the hit new action TV show Arrow, starring the emerald archer of comic book fame.

The investment that goes into a shoot like Godzilla, starring Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Kick Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, will have a much more sizeable impact, he said.

Godzilla also filmed around Vancouver, at the city's Convention Centre, at BC Place, and at Cypress Mountain, as well as on Vancouver Island and in Coquitlam. From June to July, Godzilla was filmed in Hawaii and on Waikiki Beach.

Collider.com describes the new Godzilla film – a redux of 1998's panned Godzilla starring Matthew Broderick – as "An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure 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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