Warner Bros. has released a new image from from Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and it’s another in a long line of signifiers that suggest the size of the Kaiju. I mean, yeah, big foot print. While I love the trailers for this movie and I’m sure it will be good and all that, I’m also growing a little bit worried that it’s relying on sheer enormity to keep us entertained. I understand that it’s a robots vs. monsters movie in many ways, but the best of these films have human characters that really pop. Hopefully Pacific Rim is has charm to spare beyond the traditional archetypes.
“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.”
Head inside for a better look! Pacific Rim crests on July 12th.