Monsters, robots…and Jax! Oh my! The official trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim has hit us with a mighty blow. This is Del Toro’s first feature since giving us 2008’s Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Since then, he’s been shepherding various projects as a producer. Also taking up his time? The two potential directing vehicles that slipped out of his hands (The Hobbit, At the Mountains of Madness).
Regardless, Del Toro is back and Pacific Rim is here to sear the flesh off of your face with pure “win.” I’m loving what I’m seeing. I like that the pilots of the robots (known as Jaegers) have to work in unison. And I like that the robot action is robot action you can understand (lookin’ at you, Transformers). Would I like to see more monsters? Absolutely. But this is great so far.
In the film, legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the sea and begin a war that would takes millions of lives and consumes humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day and is set to be released in 2D and 3D on July 12, 2013.