Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Massive Plot Holes, Explained

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, in theaters now.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters tries not to complicate its story too much, as director and co-writer Michael Dougherty presents what should have been a relatively straightforward brawl between Godzilla and Ghidorah supremacy of the Titans and, by extension, Earth.

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However, the movie doesn't focus only on epic kaijiu battles, but also includes a human component, involving the scientific organization Monarch and a group of of eco-terrorists, each intending to exploit the monsters for its own purpose. Ultimately, with mankind thrown into the mix as conspirators, allies and enemies, a few glaring plot holes arise.

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Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) turns on Monarch, an aligns instead with the eco-terrorists, because she believes humanity is an infection destroying the planet, and the Titans are the cure. Not only will they reclaim their original home, they will also act as population control,  destroy entire nations, and allow mankind to rebuild in the wake.

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Thhat's why she frees Ghidorah from Monarch's Antarctica outpost and uses a sonic device called the Orca to set the Titan loose upon the world. In addition to the three-headed dragon, her plan is to use the Orca to raise Titans, one by one, to raze various continents. However, when Ghidorah begins to travel the globe, wiping out everything and controlling other kaiju, Emma is taken aback and intend to use the Orca to calm them.

That makes no sense, because this was her plan from the the beginning. She's upset because the world is being destroyed, but she told Monarch and her family that this is the price they must pay. Emma didn't view the purge as a betrayal of her principles, so we have to wonder why she's upset seeing the chaos that's unleashed. Her U-turn to leader Alan Jonah (Charles Dance) contradicts her entire arc, because she knew what would happen. It's one of the film's dumbest moments, cultivated only to add drama and have Emma reconcile with her family.


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Dougherty sticks to old-school lore, as Ghidorah is established as an extraterrestrial when Monarch uncovers more cave paintings and mythology from ancient times. That's why the dragon isn't affected by the Orca, as the technology can only target Titans of Earth.

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Yet the other kaiju respond to Ghidorah, and become submissive to his alpha call once he leaves Antarctica and defeats Rodan in Mexico. That shouldn't happen, as the film just set up that Ghidorah isn't in the range of the Titans' sonar frequency, so there's no reason he should be acting as a siren and controlling them.

It comes undone, however, when Ghidorah chases Emma through the ruins of Boston. She triggers him with the Orca, but again, he was earlier seen to be unaffected by the device.


After Emma begins to display regret for her actions, she walks back how she used the Orca to free Ghidorah and, by extension, other Titans. Seeing the world ravaged, she urges Jonah's mercenaries to allow her to calm the monsters using the device, which is effectively a suitcase-sized black box.

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The guards deny her request, and, despite knowing Emma wants to betray them, they simply leave her and the box unguarded. At no point does Emma even think of stealing the device and leaving. It also portrays Jonah and his men as some of the stupidest antagonists ever, because they leave the film's MacGuffin unprotected.

Thus, Madison (Millie BobbyBrown), who blatantly tried to steal the box and shut down Ghidorah in Antarctica, is able to stroll in, swipe the device, stock up on supplies, and then leave to broadcast the calming signal in Fenway Park. No one is even watching her, which makes you wonder what Jonah's mercenaries were supposed to be doing.

Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds and Zhang Ziyi.

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