Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla,” which roared mightily with $93 million at the box office this past weekend, is one of the more visually spectacular tentpoles in recent memory. But what may be the most showstopping sequence of the film has less to do with giant lizards and Mutos than it does with humans. Edwards apparently thinks so too — he picked the “halo jump” sequence (where star Aaron Taylor-Johnson freefalls out of an airplane with his fellow soldiers) as the one to discuss for the NYT’s Anatomy of a Scene video featurette.
It’s a great use of visuals — men plummeting through the skies like burning red falling stars — as well as music. If you’ve seen Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the score in this sequence may sound familiar. Edwards discusses the combination of CG and actual footage used to achieve the scene. Watch below.