Anyone who grew up loving Japanese giant monster movies (a la Godzilla) – or animated series featuring giant robots piloted by humans (a la Neon Genesis Evangelion) – will have their childhood wish to see them both together on the big screen granted, in the upcoming live-action blockbuster Pacific Rim.
Pacific Rim takes place many years after immense creatures, known as Kaiju, first began entering and attacking Earth through an inter-dimensional portal located in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. To combat the monsters, humanity constructed a legion of massive robots – called Jaegers – that are each piloted by two humans, whose minds are linked through technology, so that they might work together in unison.
The film is directed by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), based on an original screenplay produced by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans). Its cast includes Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Idris Elba (Luther), Rinko Kikuchi (Babel), and Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Warner Bros. has released the final U.S. theatrical trailer for Pacific Rim, and it lies on a middle-ground between the more story-heavy WonderCon trailer and the original teaser trailer, which was geared more towards general audiences. That’s not to say this preview skimps on city-leveling, smashing monster faces with boats action, and variety in the Kaiju and Jaegers shown; on the contrary, we get to see even more robots versus monsters mayhem than in previous trailers.
However, WB needs to convince non-geeks that the story and character elements in Pacific Rim offer something that other summer flicks don’t have – because, let’s face it, when it comes to getting their action fix, people will have plenty of viable options to choose from (by the time July rolls around). All in all, though, this final theatrical preview makes a solid case for the film being worth your money.
Pacific Rim opens in regular and select 3D/IMAX theaters in the U.S. on July 12th, 2013.
Source: Warner Bros.