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This Incredible New "Godzilla" Trailer May Restore Your Faith In Monster Movies

The latest big-budget take on the larger than life Japanese monster — which stars Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Johnson — offers a lot more than mindless destruction. In theaters May 16.

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After the moody, atmospheric Godzilla teaser trailer released in December, we had high hopes for the umpteenth incarnation of Japan’s most iconic export. But those sky-high expectations were sent into the stratosphere after the release of this full-length trailer.

The film’s emotional heft is not only perfectly encapsulated by the two-and-a-half minute trailer, but it easily answers the question, “Why would Bryan Cranston follow up Breaking Bad with THIS?”

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The trailer also implies director Gareth Edwards — who utilized the perfect amount of restraint with Monsters, his acclaimed 2010 creature feature — will ensure the looming threat posed by an unseen Godzilla garners as much screentime as the big guy himself.

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All of that build up makes the inevitable showdown that much more enjoyable — and Godzilla clearly won’t disappoint in its climax as you can tell from the trailer’s shiver-inducing final shot.

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