Another day, another bit of promotion for Pacific Rim. Good god, the folks in the marketing arm of Legendary Pictures have been churning it out at warp speed, haven’t they? By the time Guillermo del Toro’s epic science fiction adventure finally stomps into theaters on July 12, they’ll surely have unleashed miles worth of banners, including this latest one.
When giant monsters called Kaiju emerge from an interdimensional rift at the bottom of the ocean, they wreak all kinds of havoc on the human population. In order to stand up to this new alien menace, engineers come up with what they call the Jaeger program, which develops big old mechs called Jaegers, each driven by two pilots with their minds linked and working in unison.
This wide image takes the action to the streets, and we see Jaeger Gipsy Danger, with a badass-looking sword, facing off with a stray Kaiju, smack in the middle of the some random downtown area. There’s going to be one hell of a mess to clean up when all is said and done.
Though the Jaegers level the combat playing field somewhat, humanity is still fighting a losing battle. The conflict costs millions of lives and depletes all manner of finite resources. Just when things are looking the darkest, a pair of unlikely heroes must step up. A washed-up pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested rookie (Rinko Kikuchi) take control of a legendary, though seemingly outdated Jaeger, and may be the last chance humanity has.
Early reviews are wildly positive, and the more that comes out, the more excited you should get. After all, haven’t you always wanted to see a giant robot use a cargo ship to tee off on a giant monster like they’re playing a twisted game of baseball?