A new Pacific Rim trailer popped up on the web earlier. Coincidentally, this came not long after I posted an article about films this year that I think could stand above the rest.
Making the honorable mentions was “Pacific Rim” from director Guillermo del Toro. Nothing in this new Pacific Rim trailer bumps it up beyond an HM, but it does go to prove that it will deliver on its promise: “Godzilla” for the 21st century. Whether that means it will become a classic like those movies remains to be seen, but it looks like good fun. Obviously its main appeal will be Guillermo del Toro’s considerable skill in creature and world creation.
Other than the characters and acting, which is suspect from the cast and stock dialogue in this particular Pacific Rim trailer, one thing might determine if the movie can become something more than a beautiful B-movie. Luckily, del Toro mentioned it early on in an interview with Wired early on in the process
“We are working with actors that I absolutely adore. Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman. It’s really, it’s a very, very beautiful poem to giant monsters. Giant monsters versus giant robots. Twenty-five-story-high robots beating the crap out of 25-story-high monsters. We’re trying to create a world in which the characters are real and how it would affect our world politically, how it would affect the landscape if creatures like this really came out of the sea.”
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer(s): Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Ron Perlman
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. (pacificrimmovie.net)
Release Date: July 12, 2013