‘Pacific Rim’ Trailer: Guillermo del Toro’s Monsters Vs. Robots Blockbuster

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 22nd, 2013 at 8:41 am,

We’re approaching five years since a film directed by Guillermo del Toro (Blade II, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) played in theaters, which has stoked fires of anticipation surrounding his new project, Pacific Rim. Of course, it helps that del Toro’s movie pays respect to the geek-favorite Japanese Kaiju (or giant monster) pop culture and robot/mecha genres – even though the filmmaker insists it’s not a pastiche or “greatest hits” homage.

Pacific Rim viral marketing has built-up even more interest among cinephiles over the past couple weeks, with material focused on the architectural structure of the film’s enormous human-piloted machinery (ie. robots known as ‘Jaegers’) and monster attack footage that highlights its unusual visual design.

Today, the first Pacific Rim trailer has released online and it better illustrates the film’s unique cinematography and color scheme, as has been teased throughout the viral campaign footage to date; not to mention, it lends further credibility to del Toro’s claims that he’s using a rugged and corrosive visual style to bring to life a romanticized adventure story told on a modern blockbuster scale (though, we’ve known that ever since we saw the Comic-Con footage last summer).

Here is the official synopsis for Pacific Rim:

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Check out high-definition Pacific Rim images in the gallery below (click for larger version):

And a new poster (CLICK FOR LARGER VERSION):

 Pacific Rim Poster Pacific Rim Trailer: Guillermo del Toros Monsters Vs. Robots Blockbuster

No doubt, Pacific Rim looks crazy-impressive, simply in terms of the sheer magnitude of the spectacle and action; not to mention, the great supporting cast featuring Idris Elba (Prometheus), Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises) and Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland). On the other hand, there’s also the possibility that del Toro’s film reflects its influences too much for comfort – be it in terms of the Jaeger designs or the plot beats (see: Elba’s rousing call-to-arms speech).

Similarly, there are some fascinating sci-fi concepts at work in the ‘psychic love story’ from Travis Beacham’s script; it’s little wonder Legendary has a sequel in development, in case the film does indeed prove to be a (wait for it…) monster hit. Surprisingly, there are even a few moments that seem ripe for the 3D format – though, there are others that suggest del Toro’s should’ve stuck with his guns and not given into (studio?) demands for a post-conversion treatment

What do you think? Sound off in the comments section.

Pacific Rim opens in theaters (2D, 3D and IMAX 3D) on July 12th, 2013.

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  1. Ok, well since everybody’s doing it, here are my most anticipated for 2013 (having seen the trailers):

    1. Man of Steel
    2. Star Trek
    3. Pacific Rim
    4. G.I Joe (it’ll probably disappoint as much as the last one but the trailer was awesome)
    5. After Earth
    6. Oblivion
    7. Iron Man 3

    Can’t believe I have to wait until early 2013 to see a wolverine trailer, but the motion poster alone has me tempted to slot The Wolverine somewhere in the top 2.

    • Why not?

      1) Man of Steel
      2) Iron Man 3
      3) Hobbit 2
      4) Star Trek 2
      5) Wolverine
      6) Thor 2
      7) Elysium
      8) Hunger Games 2
      9) Pacific Rim

  2. Its not Ron Perlman from SOA. Its Charlie Hunnam.

    • Ron Perlman is in it also. Del Toro always uses him. :)

  3. Is GLADOS in this movie….????

    • Sounds that way, at least her voice is. Maybe del Toro is a big Portal fan?

  4. I’ve got to be honest, but as far as trailer value goes, in my opinion this kicks MOS’s arse back to Planet Krypton.

    Pains me to say this as SM fanboy of 33 years. But it struck the nerve for me as far as entertainment value goes. Sadly, the emotional seeds being planted with the SM#2 trailer means holding back on the action :(

  5. The trailer was eh. It was okay but I am waiting to see more before I determine if it’s at the top of my movies to watch in 2013 list. I like Del Toro but I just get the feeling that the movies might be too over the top and therefore be left dry, ala John Carter. I hope not but I just get that feeling. Either way I am more excited about Man of Steel and Elysium than anything else in 2013.
    My top 15 2013 movies are:

    1. Man of Steel
    2. Elysium
    3. Iron Man 3
    4. Star Trek Into Darkness
    5. Mad Max: Fury Road
    6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    7. Ender’s Game
    8. Oz
    9. Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    10. Pacific Rim
    11. After Earth
    12. The Wolverine
    13. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
    14. The Fast and the Furious 6
    15. Thor: The Dark World

  6. Anybody else think the robot controls were derived from G Gundam lol

  7. This looks AWSOME!!!!!

  8. What really grabs me is simple, yet ingenious set-up for all this glorious mayhem. We could probably build mechs today, but what would be the use of them?

    The (Hellboy inspired?) dimensional portal in the ocean floor explains the mega-monsters rising from the deep, which in turn explains humanity’s need to build mega-mecha to fight them. Brilliant!

    Sure, there might be a few other ways to put the hurt on giant monsters, space-based kinetic kill weapons AKA “Rods from God” comes to mind, but they can be explained away with a few creative lines of dialogue.

    Spectacular FX have become quite common in this day and age, what is not so common is having the story and acting to sell them, If you can pull that off, towering crunch and munch monsters being faced by giant robots that while fewer in number, possess mad martial arts skills, is pure 3D Summertime box-office GOLD!

  9. Stop talking about the hue and blah blah blah and whatever its paying homage to…


    I’m in. I’m soooo in! I—I just wet myself, I think…

    • Me too my friend… Me too!

    • Thank you!!!

  10. I had absolutely no idea what this movie was about until recently, and from all the hype it’s been getting lately I figured that the trailer would be better. I thought it was good and I’ll probably go see the movie, but to me the trailer didn’t live up to the hype.

    From the trailer it looks like its Cloverfield meet Mechwarrior meet Transformers. Also, the robot they use to fight the aliens looks like an upgrade version of the giant alien robot from “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Not a fan of the duel drivers of the robots either.

    I do like Del Toro using GLaDOS from Portal (Big fan of that game), and I’m a big fan of Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba, so I’m excited to see both of them in this movie.

    Even though I have some complaints, I still think this movie will be fun and I will go see it.

  11. Meh trailer. Not because some of the cg dosent look completed on the monsters but just the overall feel. Usually like elba.. Still do, but that “speech” was terrible and unessesary. Do like the concept as it is derived/inspired from anime etc. just feel this wont be a big hit, it will be jut too out there for the general public.

  12. Pure Awesome!

  13. Looks like an adult version of power rangers.

  14. One thing I don’t get yet…What is the rationale behind having two pilots? If they’re just doing the exact same movements in tandem couldn’t they just have one pilot? Color me confused.

    • Dual-Core processing power? Combat redundancy? Most likely for an excuse for the good guys to exchange witty banter. Just like the rocket-assisted punch, it is wrong in the sense of engineering as we know it but at the same time feels so right.

      It will probably be best to self-medicate beforehand if necessary, and let your left brain relax to fully enjoy this film.

      • Something to do with just having one mind isnt enough to control the huge robots. They need the output of two brain synched as one or some such nonsense…. I agree with the assertion that it’s purely for ” tension” and witty banter… But hey.. Alot of these huge robot deals have had multiple pilots… So its also a direct homage to that genre. Personally it might just be too out there for the general audience, but only time will tell.

    • Can you not say the same things for 2 pilots flying a 747? What’s even more interesting is that the complexity of a jaeger, IMO, far surpasses that of flying a plane point-to-point. Remember, we are talking about a 25-story highly mechanized piece of machinery engineered for combat operations. del Toro stated that it would be too taxing for one pilot to operate such a huge piece of equipment.

      It’s easy to be confused when you don’t realize the devil is in the details, but that’s if you even care to bother…

  15. First off it has been a while, so hello to all my screenrant family. I have manage to come on here and catch up but I haven’t posted a comment in months. Now to the trailer, this looks truly solid. So far Guillermo del Toro has not dissappointed me so I am game. Here is hoping the complete film works out. I am so there.

  16. Looks good . . . not great. I see real steel sprinkled with Shadow of the Colossus, and various other movies. Expected a little more originality from Del Toro.

    1. Man of Steel, Star Trek 2, Hobbit DOS (no particular order)
    2. Everything else

  17. I’m beyond excited at this point. This is the closest thing to a live action Evangelion we’re gonna get for now. Del toro should have done Godzilla! This dude knows monsters.

  18. It takes two pilots to operate a robot? They should’ve adapted Neon Genesis Evangelion.

  19. Wack

  20. IT looks like Del Torro has done it again. This looks like a sci fi dream come true.

  21. I can’t wait.

    Honestly, the only del Toro movie I was ever disappointed with was Blade 2, otherwise he’s got a pretty damn good track record.

    Who cares what “the masses” will think anyway? “The masses” made crap like Meet The Spartans, Twilight, Transformers and The Hangover earn huge money and let great movies like Dredd slip away unnoticed so we shouldn’t worry about what they’ll like.

    • No one is forced to care what ‘The Masses’ think. But without ‘The Masses’, the film industry will die, us fan boys and geeks are just that.

  22. Ok,
    Power rangers,
    Godzilla. ..
    here we come, watch out for these
    movies and remakes any time soon.
    T4 would have to take a cue from this movie!

  23. Wow! I am definitely NOT there!

  24. Has anyone noticed that the voice of the computer is the same voice as in Portal?(For those who dont know what portal is – its a game)

  25. The only thing going for this film are the effects and cast. From what we have seen so far, the script looks REALLY terrible. BUT, I can enjoy a fun film, so who knows. As of now, however, Im more interested in renting this when it comes out. They havn’t released anything yet that would make me want to see this in theaters. But that’s just me.

  26. Did anyone else think that the countdown voice in the trailer sounds EXACTLY like GLaDOS from Portal?

    • No, we do not think it sound likes GLaDOS.

      We know it is GLaDOS.

      It has been confirmed.

      • Well…something’s been confirmed but not what you are claiming.

        It’s the same actress that played GLaDOS, THAT is what has been confirmed. It has not been confirmed that GLaDOS the character is in Pacific Rim.

  27. I know this is just the first trailer, but I need to see more before I truly commit to this. Man of Steel and Star Trek emphasized important character beats and story details as well as showcasing impressive action. All this really had was action. I need a good story as well.

    My most anticipated for 2013:

    1) Monsters University
    2) Man of Steel
    3) Star Trek Into Darkness
    4) Elysium
    5) The Wolf of Wall Street
    6) Iron Man 3
    7) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    8) Pacific Rim

    And there’s probably others I can’t remember right now…