Release Date: July 12
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Rating: Not Yet Rated
After a race of giant lethal leviathan have risen from beneath the Pacific Ocean to wreak destruction, mankind battles back by constructing giant piloted robots to clobber the maritime monsters back to the kelp beds from which they came.
What We Know:
One fateful day, mankind collectively learns that they are far from the top of the food chain on the planet when giant 25-story tall creatures called Kaiju (named after the Japanese mega-monsters of cinema,) emerge from a glowing portal deep beneath the Pacific Ocean and wage a campaign of pure destruction upon all that has been built. However, to tackle these mammoth marine-dwellers, engineers develop equally-large anthropomorphic robot constructs called Jaegers. Controlled via neural connection by two pilots on board the metal monstrosities, the Jaegers are armed to the teeth and ready to gut Gamera and grab Godzilla by the gonads.
Unfortunately, years into the war and millions of casualties later, it seems that those "Jaeger bombs" may not have been enough to floor the forces of the gargling giants completely. Turning to desperate measures, the military brass put their hopes on an on-the-skids former pilot looking for redemption named Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and a tenacious, but green noob of a pilot in Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi). The oddball pairing bring startling differences to the table, but will need to learn a different kind of teamwork as the duo assume the controls of a legendary, but obsolete mech.
With the Kaiju's victory seemingly at hand, Raleigh and Mako must make the most of this old-school Jaeger and prove that sometimes victory can be drawn from the most unlikely of sources.
Filling the cast of this colossal crucible, are Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, and Ron Perlman. (Who, with Charlie Hunnam, makes this a Sons of Anarchy reunion.)
What We Expect:
On paper, a description of this film would lead one to think it was some type of unholy Michael Bay reboot of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. However, behind the schlocky premise and seemingly over-the-top visuals, is Guillermo del Toro, the visionary behind the complexity of Pan's Labyrinth and eccentric action of the Hellboy films. Thus, fans should certainly expect a fairly deep and layered level of drama.
In fact, during Pacific Rim's panel at Comic-Con last summer, Del Toro seemed to wax poetic about the tone of the film, mixed with its tremendously devastating battles. Yet, the director will look to make an emotional grab that will truly convey a realistic depiction of what happens to the state of the human condition when it is thrust into such a fantastical set of elements. (Which, of course, is a world on the verge of destruction where giant robots fight giant sea monsters on a daily basis.)
While containing a great cast, the estimated $200 million mega-mecha-monster mashup will head to theaters without the benefit of bankable stars. Thus, it will be up to the tremendous visuals we've been seeing in the trailers to sell this one to audiences who are still weary of disposable CGI commercial fare like last year's box-office bomb, Battleship.
For more info on Pacific Rim, check out the official site.
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