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5 Things We Learned From The New ‘Pacific Rim’ Trailer!!

Warner Bros. Pictures finally released the Wondercon trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim yesterday and it 100% reinvigorated me. I was starting to worry that this was just going to be another, almost boring, “summer blockbuster” when this new footage came along and convinced me that it would be anything but. I also learned (and re-learned) a few things about the film that effectively killed all the second guessing I’d been doing, so I figured I’d jot them down.

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 5 Things We Learned From The New Pacific Rim Trailer!!


Earlier on in the campaign a lot of people were complaining that the Jaeger robots reminded them too much of Michael Bay’s Transformers. While I never felt that way about their design per se, I will admit that the earlier trailer didn’t sell me on how differently these new mecha would interact with their environment. But now their design reminds me more of “Robotech” and the figures are much more smooth and discernible. Secondly, they’re wayyyyy bigger than I previously thought. I mean, they use oil tankers as bludgeoning tools (which we’ve all heard about endlessly since Wondercon but is still pretty impressive).


I’m really digging the choppy seas and rainswept vibe at play here. For whatever reason, when I initially envisioned what this film might look like I expected the environments to be more static. Here they’re robust and alive and almost as threatening as the Kaijus and Jaegers themselves. And I love the use of color – Pacific Rim seems to update the Blade Runner look a bit and make something new out of it.


I enjoyed Charlie Day in Horrible Bosses (and haven’t seen “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), but was concerned that Pacific Rim would import his established shrill persona wholesale as comic relief. Wrong. Not only does Day seem to drop the schtick, he’s seemingly playing a weird alternate universe version of J.J. Abrams – which is strange and unexpected.


It’s hard to tell too much about Perlman’s role in the film from his 1.5 seconds in the trailer, but he’s not playing the grunt I (for some reason) expected. I’m relieved that he’s in the film (which I’d also forgotten) and is by all appearances playing an appropriately eccentric role.


The terminology from the trailer states that it’s, “Two pilots. Mind melding through memories with the body of a machine.” I actually like that, since it implies that the Jaeger pilots will actually have to share some tangible emotional connection beyond, “he’s my wingman.” This seems like a cool way to weave character beats throughout the mayhem and have them contribute to the action, which is always a plus.



  • doomas10

    I learnt only one thing: THIS LOOKS AWESOMEEEEEEE!

  • doomas10

    And Evan … “another boring summer blockbuster”… From Del Toro? Come on, have more faith man 🙂 (he nailed the superhero genre with his takes on Blade and Hellboy!) The guy never disappoints! Huge plus that he didn’t rush the film either for the theatres.

  • spartan87

    This looks great, can’t wait to see it all go down on the big screen

  • MinaDoll7

    i don’t mean to be the obsessed fangirl here but i cant help it so imma just say:

    after watching this trailer multiple times, considering the two trailers prior to this one and from what i’ve read about this film, this is what i’ve gathered:

    1) The scenes with the pilots wearing white jaeger suits are from a “flashback” of Raleigh(Charlie Hunnam) and his brother/copilot fighting kaiju with the American jaeger Gypsy Danger version 1.0. It later shows their defeat in what appears to be Alaska, resulting in Raleigh’s brother’s death and him quitting piloting.
    2) the scenes with Raleigh(after being convinced to come back)and new trainee Mako(Rinko Kikuchi) in the black jaeger suits are the present scenes and of them piloting Gypsy Danger 2.0.
    3) The scene with Raleigh and a little Japanese girl watching a kaiju claw the ground could be Raleigh overseeing Mako’s memories, since they have to mind meld through memories to connect to the machine, and since it’s unusual to see Raleigh in a jaeger suit outside a jaeger with a civilian. Also Raleigh and Mako might have trouble mind melding before success because it seems to me that siblings/family relations are more favored to pilot jaegers than two strangers (it seems so because so far i know of Raleigh and his brother being copilots for Gyspy and Russia’s pilots being brother and sister- seen in the CES trailer).
    4) The jaeger that got destroyed at sea by two kaijus looked like Russia’s jaeger Cherno Alpha. So yeah, it’s pretty gut-wrenching to see it get wrecked like that and knowing the pilots might not have survived.
    6) So far I have spotted 4 of the 5 jaegers that we are told present in the film(although I had read before that there are 7 jaegers in total, so we don’t know yet of 2 other jaegers): Gypsy Danger, China’s Crimson Typhoon(3 arms, 3 pilots), Cherno Alpha, and Australia’s Striker Eureka(the jaeger whose chest opens up to reveal rocket launchers). I have not seen Japan’s Coyote Tango.
    7) Yes Charlie Day plays the scientist punk who studies the behavior of kaiju.
    8) The part when Raleigh says “or we could just blow them up to pieces” could be the scene where they explain why they created jaegers instead of using our present day arsenal and other technologies, since so many people are wondering why we can’t just “nuke them” or “shoot them with lasers”.
    9) The scene where Gypsy Danger is falling from a great height by the flying kaiju could have taken place in the kaiju’s side of the portal under the pacific. Del Toro had said in an interview that we do get to see the other side of the portal, the kaiju’s world. So hell, Gypsy could be fighting them in another dimension. We might also see an “alien race”/boss of the kaiju that sent the monsters to our world and find out why they did besides the obvious, which could be further explored in the sequel.

    • doomas10

      so pretty much you know the entire movie? 😉

    • djblack1313

      MinaDoll, awesome! that’s a pretty thorough assessment. i enjoyed reading your theories! 🙂

  • Kenzo

    Looks so much like Neon Genesis Evangelion. That’s why I might go see this.

  • Spectre88

    Is anyone else tired of seeing this type of movie take place in the dark, pouring rain? I hope Gareth Edwards is the first to man up and rise to the challenge of making a Monster movie that takes place in broad daylight with Godzilla and still have it be scary. I’m sure Pacific Rim will be great but for once I’d like to see some variety in the weather.

  • cwilliams017

    Thank you Kenzo!!! I though I was the only one thinking evangelion. in the first preview I saw a long while back they called them EVAs so I got uber excited.

    • Kenzo

      You’re not alone friend.

  • flesheater24

    All I hope for is an ending where we don’t win and the hero doesn’t win. That’ll be nice.

  • GabrielC71

    that’s a pretty thorough observation MinaDoll7 , I thought i was slick for noticing each knuckle on Gypsy Danger’s fist had something cool on it. I guess you younger guys comparing it to Evangelion never heard of the Shogun Warriors from the 70’s and early 80’s

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