If you’re not already excited for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, there are only three words you really should hear: monsters versus robots! Most of us don’t need much more than that to lure us to a theater, but every time the Hellboy director opens his mouth he says things that can’t help but make me smile.
Here’s an example from a recent interview with Shock Till You Drop…
We had a Tokyo scene that we shot here in Toronto. We had several Hong Kong scenes and a few scenes in Australia, through the television. We briefly see the kaiju take over San Francisco. The whole Pacific Rim needs a sense of danger.
That feeling of peril is going to be key to Pacific Rim. Nothing kills a movie, especially a movie like this, faster than the good guys never being in any real danger. You have to feel like things might not work out for the best, that the heroes might not save the day, and that the world might really be doomed. And it never hurts to destroy an entire city or two along the way.
Then there’s del Toro’s little tidbit about the action sequences:
We take the battles far and above! Two or three of them happen in places where there have never been a battle between kaiju and robots. From the bottom of the ocean to the atmosphere of the Earth. We have a battle in a storm at sea. Every battle we try to do differently. One is seen from the point of view of a single person. We never cut away from that point of view.
The more battles the merrier. Imagine the epic clashes, robots and monsters fighting all over the globe! It’s enough to make you giggle.
Pacific Rim opens July 17th, 2013, and stars Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins Jr., Max Martini, Robert Maillet, Robert Kazinsky, Diego Klattenhoff, Willem Dafoe… and giant freakin’ monsters.