Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is all about giant robots fighting giant monsters. I’m sure there’s more to the story than that, but to be honest, that’s the only part I really care about. Yesterday we got our most in-depth look at the film’s large-scale combat in the footage from WonderCon, and it was about the best thing I’ve seen all year. Seriously, a giant robot uses a full-size cargo ship like a baseball bat and tees off on one of the creatures. Now that conflict has been rendered in poster form.
Bearing the tagline “Go Big or Go Extinct,” this poster certainly follows its own advice, and features one of the robots, called Jaegers, facing off against one of the monsters, called Kaiju. That’s a shoving match that you don’t want to get in the middle of; you might get stepped on.
The other slogan on the poster, “To Fight Monsters We Created Monsters,” points to the fact that, in order to combat the encroaching Kaiju menace, the human race manufactures mechanical beasts of their own. But even though these new tools level the playing field to a degree, things are not going well for us. The war costs lives and resources, and has taken a downward turn. As it turns out, a washed-up pilot (Charlie Hunnam), an untested rookie (Rinko Kikuchi), and an out-of-date Jaeger may be our last hope against extinction.
Pacific Rim co-stars Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman, and opens in 3D and IMAX 3D on July 12.