‘Pacific Rim’ Image Gallery – Guillermo del Toro’s Romanticized Sci-Fi Epic

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Blade II, Hellboy I & II and Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim is a geek fantasy project come true, but the final stretch of marketing and hype-building will help determine if the blockbuster can appeal outside its main demographic (including, del Toro’s loyal cult following). The film pays respect to the Kaiju (“giant monster”) and Humongous Mecha (“giant robot”) sub-genres, in a story about humanity staging a final stand against enormous creatures – who enter our world through an inter-dimensional portal located deep beneath the Pacific Ocean – by constructing huge human-piloted robots (called Jaegers) to fight them.

The cast is headed by Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) playing Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi (The Brothers Bloom) as Mako Mori – a pair of Jaeger pilots – from opposite sides of the pond – who must (literally) expose their souls to one another, in order to help win the battle against extraterrestrial invaders that are as large as the Golden Gate Bridge. Meanwhile, Idris Elba (Luther) costars as the military leader, Stacker Pentecost, and Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses) plays Dr. Newton Geiszler, a scientist who seeks to better understand the Kaiju (in the hope of stopping them).

Several new Pacific Rim images and behind-the-scenes photos – which include del Toro and his Oscar-winning director of photography Guillermo Navarro – are now available for you to peruse online. Check them out below (for additional concept art, head on over to Variety):

These rain-soaked screenshots recall what del Toro has said in the past (like at the 2012 New York Comic-Con), about how Pacific Rim was designed to look and feel like a romanticized sci-fi adventure/epic – along the lines of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – with its gruff and eroded texture. The East-meets-West subtext of the film’s narrative is further reflected in the film’s “gothic tech,” which includes the western-style sound effects for the Jaeger’s movement and when the human pilots suit up (del Toro previously likened it to “the sound of spurs like a cowboy”).

Pacific Rim, for all intents and purposes, looks to reward del Toro’s fanbase for their patience, after five years of waiting for another film that he directed (the last one being Hellboy II: The Golden Army). But whether this blockbuster will become the next Dredd – a cult success that leaves fans begging for a sequel (a Pacific Rim followup is already in development) despite the original installment having under-performed financially – or the Dark Horse Winner of the Summer 2013 box office derby (or, more likely, something in between those two scenarios), remains to be seen.


Pacific Rim is directed by Guillermo del Toro, based on the script that he co-wrote alongside the original screenwriter, Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans).

It opens in regular and select 3D/IMAX theaters on July 12th, 2013.

Source: Variety

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  1. The rain drenched shots evoke Blade Runner to me.
    Just a few of these images. I doubt the film will.

    • You doubt the film will WHAT?? Or do films have will? maybe a purpose ;)
      In Del Toro We Trust!

      • I said I doubt the film will look like Blade Runner.
        Just that a few of these shots reminded me of it.

    • My thoughts exactly. My first instinct was to even look for a guy in a tan trench coat, maybe ordering some noodles.

      • :D

      • And the whole east meets west thing was from Blade Runner as well, picked up and expanded with Firefly/Serenity.

        If your gonna nick something, might as well nick it from the best.

        This is so gonna rock. When I see some of the images it’s like Guillermo has looked into my brain and decided to make me a film

        Giant Monsters – check (LOVE Kaiju films, not just the Big G but Gamera and Mothra and any others i can find)

        Giant Mecha – check (LOVE Mecha anime, well all anime, Big O, Eva, Patlabor, Macross, Gundam… the whole nine yeards)

        Add in a bit of rough and ready design work, nothing too superclean and advanced, I can almost imagine the pistons and servos working in these Jaegers.

        Not really had a great look at the Kaiju in there full glory yet but the couple that have been in the trailers look pretty awesome.

        I do hope John and Jane Doe give this a whirl and we get to see where else del Toro will take us in this world he’s showing us……

  2. I was watching cronos yesterday for the first time and I gotta tell ya, guillermo has come a long way, this guy is a role model for me.

  3. “But whether this blockbuster will become …a cult success that leaves fans begging for a sequel …or the Dark Horse Winner of the Summer 2013 box office derby (or, more likely, something in between those two scenarios), remains to be seen”

    Or, another option, and I’m just throwing this out there: this movie that nobody has seen yet might not actually be that good. Just a possibility. I’m a Del Toro fan and everything but let’s not put the cart before the horse here.

  4. I definitely sense the Bladerunner Vibe as well. We know the Jaegers. We know about the tandem mind fusion to dramatize the human element. The success of this movie hinges on the Kaiju as awe-inspiring villains and forces of nature. We need to identify with and root for them or this movie fails.

  5. Usually european dont like these kind of movie except america and of course asian so am confident it will be a huge hit overall but again wait ans see.

  6. Am I the only one who knows Evangelion and that this looks very similar? Still excited to see this though, because it’s Guillermo Del Toro.

    • @Will

      Your not the only one who knows Eva, nor the first to point out the similarities in concepts.

      There’s quite a few posts on other Pacific Rim SR articles that mention the similarities with Evangelion

      As I’ve mentioned in regards to the Blade Runner-esc feel to some of the latest images, if your gonna nick something you might as well nick it from the best….

      lol :)

      Pilot controlled robots (in Eva they’re clones of “Adam” encased in armour with human souls, EVA1 is Shinji’s mother, EVA2 is Askua’s mother and EVA0 is open for debate, Rei 1, No Soul or Ritsuko’s Mother, can’t remember her name…) fighting Kaiju (or “Angels” in Eva).

      Plus you’ve got the whole entery plug / head attaching and pilot mind syncrinisation.

    • I think this movie was just as inspired by all the other giant robot and monster fare over the decades as it is Evangelion.