Guillermo del Toro, Idris Elba, and giant robots fighting giant monsters? Is there anything in this sentence that doesn’t get you totally pumped? Throw all of that together and you have the basis for Pacific Rim. Sci-fi fans are already tenting their fingers in anticipation over this, despite the fact that the film doesn’t invade theaters until July 12th, 2013. Aside from a logo, we haven’t seen much from Pacific Rim, until this first picture from del Toro’s massive battle for humanity.
The photo shows Elba looking stern, clad in some sort of monster-clobberin’ attire. One can only assume that we’ll all be wearing similar outfits in the near future. That’s not a bad place to start. Hopefully this means we’ll be seeing more and more from Pacific Rim trickle in. This is nice, but it’s a bit of a tease, just enough to start us all salivating.
Something that might also get your juices flowing are the words del Toro uses to describe the action in Pacific Rim:
When we’re talking about the physicality of the fight, we ended up building several blocks of Hong Kong. And literally demolished them. We built a building and then we took down the buildings… We built command centres of the robots that were the size of the house. We started them on hydraulic rigs that shoot and elevated them and moved them round so you could really get a sense of the physical nature driving a robot like this.
That sounds absolutely freakin’ epic. I want to see robots and monsters destroy an entire city, it’ll be a little like a game of Rampage come to life.
Pacific Rim is about a war between humanity and massive creatures called Kaiju. The only way to fight the Kaiju is with giant robots called Jaegers, controlled by two pilots connected at the mind, apparently through some sort of “neural bridge.” The war costs millions of lives, and in the waning days the human race must turn to a washed up pilot, an untested trainee, and an obsolete Jaeger. That sounds problematic.