For monster movie fans, there is life before and life after watching the new trailer for “Godzilla.”
On Tuesday, Warner Bros. released the first full-length trailer for the summer tentpole from Legendary Pictures, and this tease makes every monster movie that came before look like a square dance.
Running a little over two minutes, the preview kicks off with panicked voiceover from Bryan Cranston‘s character, followed by glimpses of director Gareth Edwards‘ very grounded, very scary take on what would really happen if the iconic Kaiju attacked.
We glimpse an intersection choked with abandoned cars and (naturally) a plane crash; a distant power plant is seemingly demolished by an invisible force, as frightened citizens look on – culminating with a shot of the Statue of Liberty missing an arm and part of her face.
The trailer also indicates that the filmmakers may have tweaked the Destroyer of Worlds’ origin: He wasn’t just the bi-product of atomic bomb testing. He was the bombs’ intended target.
“Godzilla” smashes into theaters May 16.