Two weeks from today, we’ll finally get to see giant monsters duke it out with big-ass robots in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. It’s been a long time coming, but hopefully the move will be well worth the wait (some people seem to think it might not be). We’re moving into the home stretch, and though Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released countless posters, banners, TV spots, trailers, comics, games, pictures, and toys, we now have the first actual clip from the film.
This video changes up the game somewhat from what’s come before. Thus far the main focus has been on the Kaiju (the monsters), the Jaegers (the robots), and the fights between these two juggernauts of destruction. In this clip, however, the focus is on the human part of the equation.
Charlie Hunnam plays Raleigh Becket, who pilots one of the Jaegers, which were created to help the humans battle the Kaiju after they emerged through an interdimentional rift on the bottom of the ocean. Here he has a heated confrontation with Idris Elba’s character, Stacker Pentecost. That’s a badass name if ever I’ve heard one, and a fitting moniker for the number one man in charge.
Raleigh must have a pretty serious beef with the big man, because he looks rather steamed. But you don’t get to the top of the heap in wartime by being a soft touch or a pushover, and Pentecost shows a tiny glimmer of what makes him number one. He shuts Raleigh down with quiet intensity. He barely raises his voice, and the other man backs down. It’s an intimate moment, but one that clearly illustrates who is at the head of the pack. That’s the guy you need to have leading the charge.
Pacific Rim also stars Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., and more, and opens in a variety of formats like IMAX, 3D, and 2D, on July 12.
And when July 12 rolls around, remember rules number one and two: never touch Idris Elba.