|Godzilla concept sculpture. Source: CosmicBookNews|
In a review of the trailer, Wired.com lamented that "there’s not much of the magnificent beast to see in this first teaser – just a few seconds of him letting out a terrifying roar – but the mood an vision of this first trailer is pretty chilling."
Indeed, the trailer does send chills down your spine, with poignant, eerie music and sound effects punctuating each second perfectly. Actor David Strathairn portrays a commanding military officer, whose voice is heard over the visuals as he tensely speaks to his troops moments before they parachute into San Francisco in a HALO jump (high altitude-low opening) to confront Godzilla. We see the mass destruction left in Godzilla's wake. We see terrified human faces, and we feel a need to run from the unseen monster. We smell fear, and the fact that we don't see Godzilla until the very end only adds to the suspenseful feel. And that roar will make your hair stand straight up. Continued below the teaser video...
Gareth Edwards posted a special video message to introduce the first official Godzilla trailer. Watch his trailer launch message on YouTube. Worth noting is a fun video that Legendary released in August. Titled "BREAKING NEWS: KAIJU ATTACK," it's a compilation of mock TV news reports about a huge creature, or "kaiju," attacking San Francisco (watch it below). Loosely translated, kaiju is Japanese for "strange creature." In the case of Godzilla, that's an understatement.
Below: The original Godzilla!