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TRAILER: “Pacific Rim” (or OMG! Monsters vs. Robots!)

The trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new film Pacific Rim has hit the streets. It’d officially called “Pacific Rim” but I have a feeling it will simply be known as Monsters vs. Robots.

The plot has been briefly described as:

When an alien attack threatens the Earth’s existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.

And really, what more needs to be said?

If you need a longer description, well, there’s this:

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.

Or…to sum up: Monsters vs. Robots!

Pacific Rim open on July 12, 2013.

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9 Comments on TRAILER: “Pacific Rim” (or OMG! Monsters vs. Robots!)

  1. And how is this different than every Anime series ever?

  2. Joshua Corning // December 13, 2012 at 5:00 am //


    Giant robot action that is not a huge blur of confusion surrounded by a plot that is not a convoluted disaster??!?!?!

    Well at lest Guillermo del Toro has proven he can do better then Michael Mann

  3. am i the only one that hears Glados, sometime when the big robot appears for the first time?

    • I heard Shodan.

    • Yes, they’ve hired the voice actress behind GladOs, and borrowed the filter that Valve used. Because why not? I think Del Toro’s friendship with Mignola has influenced him — the Hellboy comics are a sort of “pulp fiction stew” that grabs practically every pulp idea ever and throws it all in the pot and turns it into something amazing. This looks like Del Toro has made us a delicious “nerd stew.”

      (I hope he didn’t use actual nerds, though.)

  4. Nick Sharps // December 13, 2012 at 10:31 am //

    I think it looks fun but I’m a little less excited than I was. The CG does not look good. It doesn’t look bad. But it really doesn’t look good. But I mean, Idris Elba! That’s really exciting! And that guy from Sons of Anarchy! I knew I recognized the narrator’s voice but I couldn’t place from where.

    • I don’t know, Nick. The CG looks brilliant to my eyes. This flick is going to be full of eye candy. It really is an Anime series done live-action and we haven’t seen that done well on this side of the ocean.

      Sign me up – I’ll watch this.


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