‘Pacific Rim’ TV Trailer – Humanity Unites to Cancel the Apocalypse

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Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim is descended from Japanese anime and Kaiju (re: giant monster) movie traditions, but in ways more significant than just by having epic fights between 25-story tall robots and creatures. There’s an integral emotional component in the the film’s pseudo-science concepts and technology, which gives the story a beating heart. Meanwhile, the diversity in the Jaegers (re: giant manned robot) is symbolic of the movie’s optimistic vision of humanity bonding together in the face of an apocalyptic threat.

Warner Bros. has released a new two-minute TV promo/trailer for Pacific Rim, and while it includes more impressive action-packed footage – focused on the city-leveling battles that transpire when the Kaijus clash with Jaegers – the emphasis is on humankind unifying “at the edge of our hope,” as Idris Elba’s character declares in his motivational speech.

Pacific Rim takes place in the near future, a number of years after the first Kaijus attacked Earth by crossing over from their world into ours (through a portal located deep within the Pacific Ocean). The human cast includes the fan-favorite Elba, in addition to Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Oscar-nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel), who are playing the male and female leads.

Supporting cast members include Charlie Day (Monsters University), Diego Klattenhoff (After Earth) and Hunnam’s SoA costar Ron Perlman (who also played Hellboy in del Toro’s comic book movies).

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Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam in ‘Pacific Rim’

We’ve reported before that del Toro and his Pacific Rim co-writer Travis Beacham have already begun to map out a sequel, but the latter project won’t happen unless WB makes back its investment on the first installment (which is estimated to have cost upwards of $180 million). Problem is that, despite the film looking quite promising, it doesn’t have the mainstream audience pull like other big-budget films that’ve been released over the past two months (the most recent example being World War Z).

Do you think Pacific Rim will cross-over to the non-movie geek crowd? Could it enjoy a decent opening, on its way to a larger box office gross thanks to good word of mouth (assuming the film lives up to expectations)? Feel free to share you own predictions in the comments section.


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

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. Paging Henry V. Idris Elba is riveting.
    I’ll be there opening day because of him.

  2. Man, I’m super keen for this. Prob wont be showing in my small town for a while tho.. Dang,

  3. Here is the Pacific Rim theme song. Pretty interesting. I like it.


  4. I wanted to watch the new trailer but I can’t stomach hearing the “Canceling the Apocalypse” speech even one more time.

  5. This could be the sleeper hit of the summer movie season!

  6. At least we got “the speech” in a bit more of a context, particularly the look he gives Mako when he tells them they will not be alone.

    Yeah – they’ve run that speech a lot. Its a great speech and it set up the film premise perfectly. Its heavy, and it diminishes when its repeated.

    And I guarantee you will crap your shorts when it comes in the film.

    What else have they shown us? Tantalizing glimpses. New ones thrown in with old so you have to pick them out. And the new glimpses only make me want more – I want to know what is on the next frame.

    Particularly that one shot that’s all head crushing, liquid, and TEEEEEETH!

  7. It’s cancel the apocalypse? I always thought it was “We will be cancer in the apocalypse”.

    This movie looks awesome, a pure popcorn flick, definitely won’t miss this one.

  8. i can’t wait

  9. I’m looking forward to this. I agree it could be sleeper hit of the summer. However it depends on wether the main stream audience will appreciate it. I hope they do. I would love a second movie.

  10. I can already feel my azz in the seat in the movie theater for Pacific Rim on opening day, aaahhh. :)