Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Operation Castle: Declassified Video of the "Tests" to Kill Godzilla

The 1954 nuclear tests Godzilla 2014 referes to were called Operation Castle 
With a unique take on the new 2nd Godzilla Trailer, The Mother Jones digs up declassified information on the 1954 nuclear tests referred to in the 2nd Trailer. It is appropriate that a a self-described, "politically left-wing American magazine, featuring investigative and breaking news reporting on politics, the environment, human rights, and culture." would pick out a previously classified government operation.

There is now doubt that watching the declassified video below will add to the anticipation and reallness of the new Godzilla movie. read an excerpt from the Mother Jones article below followed by the declassified video of Operation Castle

At about the minute mark, you hear characters explaining how mankind created its own colossal nightmare. Their explanation seems to call out actual American nuclear testing, specifically Operation Castle. Here are some lines of dialogue narrating images in the trailer:

In 1954, we awakened something.

With those nuclear tests in the Pacific.

Not tests...

They were trying to kill it.

And thus Godzilla comes back as a radioactive beast to destroy and rampage.

The nuclear "tests" mentioned in the trailer (and presumably the film) likely refer to Operation Castle, a series of nuclear tests conducted by the United States in early 1954 at Bikini Atoll. The original Godzilla film (Gojira) premiered that same year, and was cleverly critical of that kind of testing. (The critically maligned 1998 Godzilla, directed by Roland Emmerich, blamed Godzilla's wrath on nuclear tests in French Polynesia.)

SRC: The Mother Jones

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