Inside the second part of the ‘Encounter’ we weren’t allowed to take photographs. Instead we were hurriedly ‘decontaminated’ and evacuated into a bunker area, one of the two set pieces based on the new movie. It’s a white room buzzing with maps and equipment. A beeping radar hones in on San Diego. A sign reads America Under Attack, screens show news footage of destruction.
We’re shepherded into a lift and taken to the 25th floor of an office building. The workers aren’t here but photos, note books, work stations, and even a Hello Kitty doll, indicate a busy office. Outside the giant ‘window’ – a screen showing some VFX pre-vis footage - we see a vista of the city, the tops of skyrises loom against the rainy sky.
But something’s coming. Noise, movement in the drizzly dark….
And then we see Godzilla himself. Absolutely massive with burning orange eyes, raggedy spines down his massive back. Ok, this isn’t actually footage from the film, but it gives a sense of the ‘Zilla we can expect. Enormous, upright but reptilian, with strong nods to the original Godzilla but with a rougher, earthier aesthetic.
It’s going to be epic.
opens in the UK on 16 May 2014