Remember when Warner Bros. Pictures debuted footage from Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim at the WonderCon in Anaheim, CA? The movie news community got wet and exploded into a Twitter orgasm that both excited me, but also left me apprehensive. These days everything is overblown, which makes it incredible difficult to know what’s actually mind-blowing.
This morning Warners released the Con footage, which is basically an elongated trailer bursting with awesome. It’s like the 1989 Robot Jox mixed with Cloverfield, Godzilla and Jurassic Park, only injected with steroids. What you’ll see doesn’t have that “generic” Transformers look, where robots get hit and fall all over a city. Instead, Pacific Rim flexes its muscles with unique set pieces, stunning settings, and even a shockingly smart premise: the humans are getting their asses kicked Die Hard style!
Pacific Rim, in theaters July 12, is clearly going to be del Toro’s coup de grâce.
“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.”
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