I know what you’re thinking. “Ahh, I have a lot to do this weekend, and for the next few years. I can’t really see myself joining any big armies or anything.” And I know exactly what you mean. The first Pacific Rim propaganda poster, depicting the helmet-and-armor-wearing soldier, definitely appeals to the warriors among us, but the rest of us are over here, not exactly enthused about going into battle against giant monsters.
So kudos to the Pacific Defense Federation for also reaching out to the brainier set, exchanging “Join the Fight!” for the much more passive “Help Win This War. Do Your Part Today!” You’re telling me the key to victory is smaller than I think? So they must be referring to my brain. But then does that mean my brain is smaller than I think? Oh, the conundrums! Maybe I’m not cut out for this K-Science program either. If you are, head to the Pan Pacific Defense Corps website and watch a couple of trailers and other stuff.
I assume you all know what this film is about by now, but here’s the full synopsis:
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes — a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
And when the Giant Freakin’ Robots come out to play on July 12, 2013, you know we’ll be there. But just watching. Not fighting or anything.