At this point, what more is there to say about Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim? There’s been a late push by those who think the king-sized adventure will take a colossal nosedive (the film is apparently testing worse with audiences than Grown Ups 2, and I can’t figure out how to type the noise I make every time I think of this fact). I’m still betting the biggest flop of the summer will be The Lone Ranger, but that’s because it’s a rancid pile of garbage. Despite the naysayers, many of us are still pretty damn jacked up about Pacific Rim. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures certainly aren’t resting on their laurels as far as promotion goes — if you spend $200 million on a picture, you probably want people to see it — and they’ve released another new clip from the film.
Following hot on the heels of the first clip — not to be confused with the numerous trailers or TV spots — this video also follows in its predecessor’s footsteps. The primary concern with all of the marketing thus far has been on the giant monsters fighting giant robots side of the movie. In all honesty, that’s what most of us are excited to see, right? But so far the first pair of actual clips from the film have both dealt with the human part of the equation.
Clip number one had Charlie Hunnam’s pilot, Raleigh Becket, confronting commander Stacker Pentacost (Idris Elba). This latest video has sparring against Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), in a particularly intense training session. Her character is supposed to be an untested rookie when it comes to piloting a Jaeger — the giant robots created to fight the enormous, monstrous Kaiju — but from the look of it, the lady has moves. Certainly enough combat skill to make an impression on Raleigh.
Given that Pacific Rim opens in less than two weeks, this feels a little late in the game to get you interested in the characters — except for Stacker Pentacost; we were already interested in him based solely on his name. I wonder if the shift in focus has anything to do with the negative feedback the film has racked up? Just in overheard conversations, I’ve encountered people who think we’re in for nothing more than a Transformers knock off. Maybe putting the attention on the characters is designed to create more of a connection between potential viewers and the film, like it’s not all about epic-scale action, that there’s an actual story, too. Then again, maybe this has been their intention all along.
Regardless of the reasons, we’ll get to finally lay eyes on Pacific Rim, in 2D, 3D, and IMAX, on July 12.