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[San Diego Comic-Con '12] ‘Pacific Rim’ Footage Description

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Today we are ending the apocalypse” -Idris Elba in Pacific Rim.

Before the Godzilla trailer stomped Comic-Con attendees, Hall H was treated to the first ever footage from Guillermo del Toro’s giant monster movie, one that pits giant robots against the alien creatures. Here’s the footage description along with some factoids from the panel.

The trailer opened with a couple of older fellows with a metal detector walking in the snow. Said detector starts going crazy and they look up and there is a giant robot missing an arm. The words “To fight monsters/ We made monsters” flash across the screen.

All the while showing HUGE Kaiju like monsters destroying bridges, being shot at by jets, and then a giant robot (piloted by two pilots brain linked to each other controlling either the left or right hemisphere of the body). Robots punch monsters. Straight up wrestling moves. Think a live fight between Jet Jaguar and Chtulhu.

Q&A factoids:

  • There will be rocket punches. F-cking rocket punches.
  • There will be 9 different kaiju monsters, each with unique abilities.
  • Ron Perlman and Charlie Day are playing scientist type characters.
  • The CGI and sound is incredible. Cinematography is colorful and insane!
  • No motion capture. Del Toro made sure all the robots and monsters were key framed.
  • In theaters July 12, “Set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace.

    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.

    • flesheater24

      This sounds hugely fuckin epic I hope the monsters look bad ass and awesome. How sick would it be if it was R. A R rated kaiju monster movie that’ll own.

    • EvilHead1981

      It DOES sound epic. Del Toro usually, IMO, doesn’t disappoint. He’s one of those rare cases in Hollywood that is sincere about his work. You can tell he LOVES this stuff, and it shows in his movies. He’s not just, like many cases in the industry, a director using a project as a stepping stone to get elsewhere. It’s one of the reasons I would’ve LOVED to see his take on “At the Mountains of Madness”. Getting James Cameron to produce it and A-listers as cast, THAT could’ve been phenomenal. Too bad we live in a time period that wouldn’t be so accepting of such ventures.

    • That_One_Guy

      This film looks fucking stunning. I’m sure I’ll be throwing money at the screen when this hits theaters.

    • killrobot

      I honestly can’t think of a movie I’ve been this excited for in a long time, and I want that poster hanging on my wall NOW