Pacific Rim, which will unarguably be the best film this summer to feature monolithic mechs battling large, licentious leviathan has released what's being billed as its "main trailer." It's a moniker that's definitely fitting, since it is by far the most comprehensive carnage-infused montage of robot-on-monster violence we've ever seen.
The highly-anticipated project from visionary director, Guillermo del Toro brings back the old-school charm of the Japanese-born genre of "giant robots vs. giant monster," reinventing it with stunning state-of-the-art visuals. However, with Del Toro at the helm, you can expect a deeper insight into the characters and a broader commentary on what humanity has to become in order to battle these creatures.
A portal to another dimension opens somewhere beneath the Pacific Ocean, sending colossal creatures to our world called "Kaiju" (a homage to the giant creatures of classic Japanese cinema), who wreak unmitigated destruction upon major cities worldwide. Mankind strikes back with the Jaeger Program, creating human-piloted robots immense enough to tackle those insatiable invaders in super-sized street-fights on which the balance of civilization itself rests. Now, years later, with mankind seemingly on the losing end of this war, the only hope lies with a washed-up former Jaeger pilot named Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and an eager, but inexperienced newcomer, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), who both take control of a seemingly obsolete Jaeger unit for a critical mission.
Despite the eye-popping (some would say superficial) footage of this trailer, there is apparently some deep drama hidden amongst the giant-robotic bells and whistles. Interestingly enough, this new trailer emphasizes that the Jaeger pilots not only share a neural connection in controlling the robot (which we already knew), but also share their "minds and memories." It is likely through this idea that much of the "human" drama could resonate. These sequences of subconscious sojourn could provide some of the commentary on the human condition that Del Toro has implied the film would carry as early as last year during Pacific Rim's Comic-Con panel.
Pacific Rim looks to make poignant pathos-packed commentary while hitting giant monsters in the face with flying hammerfists when it arrives at theaters on July 12. Check out the intense, action-packed new trailer below!