Watch: Gareth Edwards Breaks Down Skydiving Scene in 'Godzilla'

May 21, 2014


Right now you should be checking out Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' new take on Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards. There's already a sequel in development after dominating the box office and exceeding expectations in its first weekend, so it's definitely worth checking out on the big screen. But for those who have seen the film, then you might want to check out the latest Anatomy of a Scene feature from The New York Times which features Edwards talking about the impressive "Halo Jump" sequence (from the first trailer) where Aaron-Taylor Johnson and a military team dive into a ravaged San Francisco. Watch!

Here's the Anatomy of a Scene for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla from The New York Times:

Godzilla, being directed by Gareth Edwards (of Monsters), comes from a screenplay written by Drew Pearce, Max Borenstein and Frank Darabont. The cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, with Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche. An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures sent Godzilla stomping into theaters on May 16th and it's playing now. Go see it immediately!

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    Hands down the best scene of the whole film. The music made it.
    • MattPeloquin
      I know I'm in the minority, but I really didn't care for Godzilla. What was the point of the skydive scene anyways? I remember them jumping and then they cut to the ground where there was a train that had a bomb and they needed to flip the switch so it would blow up. Why did they need to skydive in?
      • DAVIDPD
        Skydive scene was meant to be an action set piece. It probably would have made more sense to just take a small boat across the bay, but that is not as cool. It's a movie about a giant lizard.
        • MattPeloquin
          Which is why I was shocked that it was so boring.
          • Sky
            yea your in the minority
          • MattPeloquin
            What was exciting about it? Spoilers from here on out... The only character I felt a connection with was killed in the first 20 minutes, the only action took place in the last 20 minutes, and the only dialogue spoken by their best actor was a repetition of him saying how Godzilla is just misunderstood. Maybe I'm missing something but I struggled to stay awake and I'm not sure where they're going to take the sequel when there is no human connection in the story. It reminded me of Transformers, but I actually enjoy that series more (which isn't saying much).
          • Jon Odishaw
            That's fine. You can have your way and we will have ours. You were falling asleep, I was sweating with tingles in my nutsac and my jaw was agape half the time.
          • MattPeloquin
            That's exactly why I love film, a few years ago I would have let Metacritic/RT and the hivemind tell me if a film was good. Now I feel comfortable enough in my personal tastes to say when I don't like a film even though others do. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
          • Brian Sleider
            I agree with you. The people who like the movie I still dont understand why. The story is cliche, the acting boring, plot is filled with holes and the action was lame as it comes. I honestly do not think Edwards knows how to direct a long action scene, and thus we ended up with a chopped mess of finale. As I have said else where the same movie that didnt chop up the action so much and just "Let them Fight" I would have viewed more favorably. I have seen all the old Godzillas, From Gojira to Final wars. They all have A LOT of human story but what they do not do is cut away from the action when it is happening. This movie disappoints VERY much on that level.
          • Sky
            dude, i dont care.
        • David Diaz
          Think you guys missed the explanation. It had to do with not being able to get any vehicles, boats and helicopters included, into the city because of all the emp interference the MUTO's were generating. So they had to skydive in or walk in. Guess they figured skydiving would be quicker.
      • Gex
        Because it would take less time for them to reach their target than from the outside. Plus vehicles weren't really an option considering how much damage had been done to the city at that point. They could only move on foot, thus skydiving to a point where ground movement is minimal is a preferred strategy. Although, to be fair, I guess they could've just used choppers.
        • rickvanr
          I was under the impression they had to do the HALO jump to be outside of the MUTO's EMP range. If they were a lower altitude a helicopter would have been downed by the EMP.
          • Gex
            Good point.
      • denverchris
        The reason why I loved Godzilla was precisely because it wasn't an action film. Its an adventure film. Its a journey for Aaron Taylor Johnson's character through strange and unusual circumstances and holy shit moments. Unexpectedly needing to perform a HALO jump in order to save Frisco and his family is just another part of his journey. You are intended to step into his shoes during these moments. This probably explains why Edwards didn't choose a more charismatic actor. ATJ is a cipher. Its why Edwards almost never shoots outside of perspectives that can be experienced by humans. Say, the top of a building or the bottom of a plane or from the inside of airport train. He will rarely shoot using an omniscient perspective. It obviously didn't work for you. That's understandable but unfortunate. The reason why it works for me has something to do with my philosophy on travel. Destination is rarely the point. How you get there is the point and is 90% the reason for going in the first place. At the end of it all, I feel privileged to have had the experience and be enriched by it. In the Godzilla's case - jumping out of high-flying plane and plunging through a lightning storm into a Brobdingnagian hell, sneaking around an old and purportedly irradiated Japanese neighborhood or globe hopping from Japan to Hawaii to California, traveling by rail across NorCal escorting a nuclear warhead, experiencing these otherworldly circumstances and living under the shadow of world-changing events....that's the point. Maybe its "just" a monster movie for some. That's sad to me.
        • MattPeloquin
          Wow, I think you just convinced me to see it again and give it another shot.
          • denverchris
            I hope I didn't come across as condescending. Wasn't my intent. Edwards' previous movie, "Monsters", really hit home for me for all the same reasons (perhaps more so than Godzilla) and pre-informed my expectations going into his latest. But sometimes an action movie is just an action movie. Pacific RIM for examplr. Godzilla didn't feel like that for me. Anyway, that's a kind thing you said. And it's nice to be able to say stuff like this without gettin' trolled or dismissed outright.
          • MattPeloquin
            You didn't, I love these conversations as long as they stay civil. It seems like people take it as a personal insult if you don't like a movie that they do these days so it's refreshing to hear your perspective rather than just getting attacked. I LOVED Monsters which is why I went into Godzilla with such high expectations.
        • Xerxexx
          *sheds tear* that was beautiful.
          • denverchris
            Thanks man.
        • OfficialJab
          I don't think it was a monster movie for anyone, but it should have been. If this is the spectacular personal story he wanted to tell, he shouldn't have thrown the Godzilla name under the bus to do it.
      • Brian Sleider
        You are not in the minority.
  • Xerxexx
    I loved the HALO jump scene...breath taking.
  • Avi
    Seen it and I dislike it! It was a total letdown... Plotholes, no connection with the characters...
  • Snowmanfloza
    Wow, what a great scene, what a great movie. Just amazing.




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