“This is Marshall Stacker Pentecost. Prepare for Neural Handshake.” Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim could be one of the biggest movies this summer, and it certainly has the biggest scale. The science fiction film is positioned to delight genre fans, while hopefully being as broad and accessible as possible for general audiences. It’s a simple story that is full of eye-popping spectacle, dazzling visuals, and heart-pounding action. The latest extended TV spot for Pacific Rim highlights the film’s syncing process (Drift Space), which intertwines a pair of pilots with their giant mechs known as Jaegers.
The extended look at Pacific Rim also focuses on one of its memorable supporting characters, Stacker Pentecost (seriously, this is one of the coolest character names since Chev Chelios in the Crank film series), played by the towering Idris Elba. Stacker Pentecost is fighter pilot Raleigh Becket’s (Charlie Hunnam) commanding officer in Pacific Rim. Most of this new trailer highlights Stacker Pentecost’s rousing speech to his troops before going into battle against the giant alien sea monsters called Kaiju. You know there’s got to be a scene in Pacific Rim that involves Stacker Pentecost piloting a Jaeger!
When an inter-dimensional rift opens at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, terrifying monsters invade our planet to wreck havoc on our coastal cities. To fight against the threat, military superpowers created the Pan Pacific Defense Corps to build giant Jaegers to defend our home planet from certain doom. Two pilots — a retired fighter pilot named Raleigh Becket and his inexperienced rookie co-pilot Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) — strap into an obsolete Jaeger to fight against Kaiju when the Pan Pacific Defense Corps goes inactive.
Guillermo del Toro’s latest film also features actors Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins Jr., and Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau.
Pacific Rim will hit theaters everywhere on July 12, in 3D and IMAX.