Guillermo Del Toro passed up the chance to direct his passion project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountain of Madness to helm Pacific Rim, an homage to Japanese kaiju films AKA Godzilla. The first viral clip released is supposed to show some of these monstrosities attacking the Golden Gate Bridge and captured on film. But before you say, ‘Hey, doesn’t this all just sound like a big ripoff of Cloverfield,’ keep in mind the film is also about gigantic robotic suits controlled by two people in a Vulcan mind-meld in order to fight off these huge creatures. So, ya know, that happened.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the sea, a war begins that takes millions of lives and consumes humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers prove 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.
Pacific Rim opens July 12th, 2013