Let them fight: How well do you remember 2014's "Godzilla"?

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Abi Luftig

7 Min Quiz

Image: Legendary Pictures

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Godzilla is hands-down the King of the Monsters, with a decades-long film career to prove it. His latest movie, made in 2014, boasted a star-studded cast, award-winning CGI, and one of the most memorable lines in modern movie history. How well do you remember this monster hit?

The movie begins with Godzilla being lured to an island in the hopes of being destroyed by what?

Godzilla canon states that the nuclear bombs used to try to kill Godzilla were explained to the public as nuclear tests. During "archived footage" of these "tests," a brief image of the American flag appears on-screen. However, it's the wrong flag; this portion of the film is set during the 1940s before Alaska and Hawaii became states. The flag shown should have 48 stars instead of the 50 it has.

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Scientists Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham discover two spores in an excavation site in the Philippines. What is the status of the spores?

The original screenplay had the spores being discovered fully preserved in a glacier in Siberia. However, when producers learned that "Man of Steel" was planning a similar scene (and was due to come out a year before theirs), they rewrote it to find the spores in an excavated mine.

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What is the name of the engineer played by Bryan Cranston?

Bryan Cranston plays Joe Brody. Cranston has said in interviews that he has been a lifelong fan of the Godzilla series (the 1954 Godzilla being his favorite) and loved playing with his Godzilla toys as a child. He's also gone on record saying he feels the fate of his character was a major mistake, a sentiment with which most moviegoers would agree.

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What is Joe's wife's name?

Sandra Brady was played by French actress Juliette Binoche ("Chocolat," "The English Patient," "Ghost in the Shell"). Binoche agreed to act in this film for two reasons. First of all, director Gareth Edwards wrote her a "beautiful" letter asking her to say yes. Secondly, her son is a fan of Godzilla and she wanted to please him.

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What is Joe and Sandra's son's name?

Ford is a child when the 1999 portion of the film takes place. However, there are several toys in his room that were not available in 1999, such as the Lego Star Wars Snowspeeder (Model 4500-1) that was not made until 2004. He should have had the Model #7130.

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In what country are the Brodys currently living?

The beginning of the movie is set in Japan as a nod to the original films, which were created and set in Japan. As another homage, Japanese actor Ken Wantanabe (Serizawa) convinced producers to let him refer to the creature by its original Japanese name, Gojira, a combination of "Gorilla" and "Kujira," the Japanese word for "whale."

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Where do Joe and Sandra work?

The audience is later told that the creature found in the Phillippines ended up in Janjira, Japan because it was seeking the closest source of nuclear power to gather strength. However, there is a nuclear power station in Hong Kong that is several hundred miles closer.

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A seismic tremor breaches the reactor and the Brodys must try to repair it. Which Brody does not survive?

Sandra Brody does not survive the breach. Director Gareth Edwards was highly influenced by "Jaws" and decided to name the family of main characters after Chief Brody, the hero of "Jaws."

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The movie picks up 15 years later in 2014. Ford is now an adult, working in what branch of the U.S. military?

Ford Brody grew up to be an ordinance disposal officer in the US Navy. The script originally had him as a Marine, but the Marine Corps reviewed the script and declined to sign off. The Department of Defense suggested the Navy, as that branch hasn't had as large a cinematic presence as the Army and the Marines. They also provided the ships and aircraft used in filming, as well as serving as script advisors.

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What is Ford's wife's name?

Elle Brody is played by Elizabeth Olsen, sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley. This is not the only time she has shared the screen with Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Ford). In "Godzilla," they play husband and wife. In "Avengers: Age of Ultron," they play brother (Quicksilver) and sister (Scarlet Witch).

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Where does this generation of the Brody family live?

The Brody family lives in San Francisco. There are nine Naval bases in the San Francisco Bay Area: Concord Naval Weapons Station, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Naval Air Station Alameda, Naval Air Station Livermore, Naval Air Station Oakland, Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory, Naval Station Treasure Island, Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot, and San Francisco Naval Shipyard.

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What is Elle’s job?

Elle is a nurse at San Francisco General Hospital. In reality, the hospital is called the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH). It's a safety net hospital, meaning it cares primarily for low-income and uninsured patients. It's also the only Level 1 trauma center in San Francisco and northern San Mateo County.

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Ford has barely returned from his tour of duty before he needs to immediately leave for what destination?

Ford receives a call saying he needs to get to Japan immediately. To celebrate the international release of the film and Godzilla's return to Japanese cinemas, a 22-foot replica statue of the modern Godzilla was installed in the Tokyo Midtown shopping district. It incorporated a nightly light show.

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Why does Ford need to go to Japan?

Ford gets a call that his father has been arrested for trespassing into the quarantine zone of the nuclear explosion that killed Sandra. According to the Department of State website, "Anyone who breaks the law in Japan is subject to prosecution under the Japanese legal system. If a person is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment by a Japanese court, this sentence will be served in a Japanese prison. While in Japan, one is subject to the same laws as is a Japanese citizen. A U.S. passport does not entitle its bearer to any special privileges. One should not expect to receive preferential treatment or to expect that the same array of legal rights accorded one under the U.S. judicial system are necessarily applicable in Japan."

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How do the Brody men discover the zone is no longer toxic?

In a scene similar to "I Am Legend," canines prove the air is clear. Joe checks his tech to confirm and then removes his hood and breathes. However, Joe is wearing a slip over face mask with a separate hood and shoulders (as opposed to Ford's all-in-one protective gear) and a small gap exists that would have let radiation in. If the levels actually were as high as the Japanese government claimed, that gap would have been enough to expose Joe even with his mask on.

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Joe and Ford are arrested and brought to a secret facility within the power plant. A monster with the ability to do what escapes and attacks the plant?

When the character design was originally revealed, fans assumed it would be an updated version of Mothra, a contemporary and occasional ally of Godzilla. However, this character was confirmed to not be Mothra, but a different creature entirely. Mothra is set to appear in the 2019 sequel.

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Which Brody dies in the attack?

Joe dies as a result of the attack at Janjira. However, there are multiple medical mistakes in his treatment scene that would have led to his death, were he a real patient. He is hooked up to an IV, but the clamp on the IV is closed, meaning no fluid is flowing. The medic declares that Joe is in a-fib (atrial fibrillation), which is rarely fatal, as opposed to v-fib (ventricular fibrillation) which is far more lethal. The medic also mispronounces vasopressin, the drug used to raise blood pressure in crashing patients.

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Ford and the scientists are assigned to a naval task force to search for the creature, now being referred to as what?

Unlike Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan, the MUTO are not given official names. Many hardcore fans have agreed to call the male MUTO "Hokmuto" (for being discovered in Hokkaido). They were slightly less creative with the female MUTO, dubbing her "Femuto."

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What does Ford learn about the Janjira incident from Serizawa?

The reveal of the MUTO as the villains allowed Godzilla to be portrayed as the hero, in contrast to earlier American Godzilla films. Similarly, the original Japanese film series showed Godzilla progress from villain to hero.

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Ford reveals some information that Joe discovered before he died. What did Joe find out about the MUTO?

This is actually a pretty basic scientific error. The characters set up the premise that the MUTO are using echolocation to communicate, but describe echolocation as the study of sound waves. Since this group is composed primarily of scientists, they should know that echolocation is the process of an organism using sound waves bouncing off objects in order to determine distance and size. It is also used by many marine mammals to communicate.

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Godzilla emerges and does battle with the MUTO. Where does this battle take place?

Another scientific mistake is made by Dr. Serizawa when he describes Godzilla as the "alpha predator" and states that he is "hunting" the MUTO. However, his behavior is not predatory, but what is considered "threat behavior" which is used to defend territory or food. Similarly, once Godzilla defeats the MUTOs, he shows no interest in feeding off their remains, which an alpha predator would absolutely do.

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A second wingless MUTO hatches in Nevada and attacks what city?

The second MUTO hatched and destroyed Las Vegas. The audience sees this attack through the binoculars of a character stationed at the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. However, the Repository is more than 100 miles away from Vegas, and there are no binoculars powerful enough to allow such a clear view of such a far away target.

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Which MUTO is determined to be female?

The MUTOs are distinctly different, and the one with wings is the male, while the wingless is female. In addition to being reminiscent of Mothra, the design of the MUTO pair was inspired by "King Kong," "Alien," and "Jurassic Park."

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The scientists believe the pair of MUTO will meet up to breed where?

The scientists and military intelligence tracking the MUTO determine that they are both heading towards San Francisco. However, once Femuto hatches and escapes Yucca Mountain, she heads towards Vegas, which is in the opposite direction she would need to get to San Francisco.

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What does Admiral Stenz plan to use against the MUTO, despite the scientists' objections?

Admiral Stenz was played by David Strathairn, who has played Judge Anthony Sayre on "Z: The Beginning of Everything," Peter Kotsiopulos on "The Blacklist," and Noah Vosen in both "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "The Bourne Legacy."

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Serizawa shows Stenz a broken watch that belonged to whom?

Dr. Serizawa shows Stenz a pocket watch that belonged to his father and froze when the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. It is implied that his father died in the bombing. However, since the movie is set in 2014, this would make Serizawa approximately 68 years old (despite being played by a then-55-year-old Wantanabe). Otherwise, the father would have had to survive the bomb and later father the scientist. Given the levels of radiation, the only way this is possible would be if the father was not carrying the watch at the time of the bombing.

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How does the military transport the warheads?

The warheads are loaded up on the train in Lone Pine, CA, where Ford boards the train. However, there is no rail line in Lone Pine, CA.

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What happens to all but one warhead?

Femuto destroys the train and eats all but one warhead, which Ford eventually rediscovers in a town. The town used for this discovery scene is the same town that is used as Storybrooke in "Once Upon A Time."

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What San Francisco landmark is destroyed when the military engages with Godzilla?

This is not the first movie in modern cinema to destroy the Golden Gate Bridge. Other films that took down the famous landmark include "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "X-Men: The Last Stand," and "Terminator Genisys." The trope has become so popular that YouTube channel CinemaSins has started docking films for using the "The Golden Gate Bridge is in trouble cliche."

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The male MUTO steals the last warhead and brings it to his mate in what area of San Francisco?

The Chinatown scenes were not actually filmed in Chinatown; in fact, they weren't even in California. The crew built a Chinatown set at the Canadian Motion Picture Park in Burnaby, BC, Canada.

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According to Serizawa, what is the arrogance of man?

The full quote is "The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in our control and not the other way around." According to director Gareth Edwards, Godzilla is an anti-hero. He says, "Godzilla is definitely a representation of the wrath of nature. The theme is man versus nature, and Godzilla is certainly the nature side of it. You can't win that fight. Nature's always going to win, and that's what the subtext of our movie is about. He's the punishment we deserve."

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How does Godzilla kill the male MUTO?

Godzilla looks different in this film than previous films. His look was largely inspired by bears and Komodo dragons. The face also has elements of dogs and eagles.

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How does Godzilla kill the female MUTO?

Godzilla is the title character of the film but is largely absent from the movie. He doesn't appear until almost an hour into the film. IMDb says that Godzilla only has 8 minutes of screen time. Screen Junkies says that "seriously, we counted" and he's only on screen for 11 minutes and 16 seconds (out of 122 minutes).

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How does Ford get the warhead away from the city?

There are two major errors with this scene. First, Ford sets the boat's GPS and autopilot, both of which are electronic. The MUTO have released an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) which knocked out everything electronic in the area. Secondly, the bomb is said to have a blast radius of 20 miles and is shown to have five minutes left on the timer. There is no way the boat could travel fast enough to get far enough away to be safe.

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What happens to Godzilla at the end?

Godzilla "saves" the now mostly-destroyed city and then ambles back into the water, which only creates tiny waves when he enters. However, when he exited the water in Hawaii, it causes a massive tsunami. Logically, entering water should have an even bigger impact than exiting.

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