Pacific Rim

altRelease Date: July 12, 2013
Studio: Legendary Pictures
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Screenwriter: Travis Beacham
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins Jr., Diego Klattenhoff
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language)

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 (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko 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.

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Legendary’s Thomas Tull Offers Trick ‘r Treat 2, Pacific Rim 2 Updates
Legendary Pictures has an exciting slate of projects ahead, including this summer’s reboot of Godzilla (lots ‘o coverage coming for that one here at Shock tomorrow). I spoke with Legendary head Thomas Tull this morning to discuss the Gareth Edwards film – full interview posting later this week – and, naturally, we couldn’t help but chat about a few projects. Namely, Trick ‘r Treat 2 and the possibility of Pacific Rim 2.
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Pacific Rim Blu-ray and Collector’s Edition Packaging
Some Blu-ray artwork for the collector’s edition of Pacific Rim has hit the web.  As you’ll see, these are for the international release, but they may be similar to what we’ll get here in the U.S.  On territory is going to get a Jaeger statue is well.  No release date has been set for the DVD/Blu release. Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, opened in July and has grossed over $400 million worldwide.  The film recently passed the $100 million mark domestically recently. Time will tell if we ever get a sequel.
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Charlie Day Talks What Might Have Been in Pacific Rim 2
The future of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is still uncertain. Having underperformed domestically, a sequel’s chances henge upon the film’s foreign box office, where it is luckily doing quite well. The latest box office numbers have Pacific Rim taking in another $53 million in foreign markets this weekend, of which $45 million is from China alone. Del Toro and screenwriter Travis Beacham have spoken about elements that they’d like to see in the sequel previously, but now CraveOnline spoke with star Charlie Day about what he knows.
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Check Out the Main and Closing Titles for Pacific Rim
Imaginary Forces has brought online the opening and closing titles that the company created for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Check them out inside! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, there is an extra scene after those closing titles, so be sure to stay in your seat. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume 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 (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko 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.
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Lengthy Pacific Rim Clip Shows Kaiju Battle Aftermath
In a final push to promote Pacific Rim, Warner Bros. and Legendary have released a nearly 3-minute long clip. This one features the Jaeger known as Gypsy Danger, piloted by Charlie Hunnam’s character, and what happens to the giant mech in the wake of a kaiju fight. The film begins screening tonight and we highly recommend you get your ass into the theater to check it out.  It needs to be seen on the big screen.
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Reviews
Review: Pacific Rim
Sometimes I’m reminded of the Saturday afternoon matinees I would go see with my Dad when I was a kid. Most of them consisted of science fiction movies, which is one of the major things we bonded over. Every once in a while now I’ll see a movie and think “This is a movie I wish I could have seen with my Dad.” Not only to recreate that experience of a childhood memory,but because when you see a movie you love with someone that you’re close with, it almost increases your appreciation of the film. Even if it’s a movie you don’t particularly like, it becomes about the experience of witnessing it together. I know for a fact I wouldn’t love RoboCop, Terminator, Star Wars, or Predator as much as I do if it weren’t for seeing them with my Dad. Pacific Rim is the best example of a “Dad movie” that I’ve seen in some time, and that’s not a diss, it’s a major compliment. 
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Shock Interview: Guillermo del Toro on the Development, Destruction and Family-Friendly Pacific Rim
Earlier this month, ShockTillYouDrop.com ventured to San Francisco for the Pacific Rim press day where we had a chance to sit down one-on-one with director Guillermo del Toro to talk about his first feature film since Hellboy II: The Golden Army. His latest is another monster-filled romp that stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini and Clifton Collins, Jr. in a tale that pits a human resistance group against kaiju, terrifying, giant monsters that are rising out of the Pacific Ocean.  The humans counter this threat with Jaegers, giant robots operated by two pilots. Shock had spoken to Del Toro about the film previously on the film set; now that we had seen the film, we couldn’t pass up another opportunity to pick his brain more about the making of the project.  Inside, he delves into the writing process, weighs in on the mass destruction we’ve been seeing in so many summer tentpoles today and how Pacific Rim stacks up to that, and discusses how the film plays to kids as well.
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