‘Pacific Rim’ trailer offers robot vs. kaiju action on a massive scale

May 16, 2013 | 10:57 a.m.

Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Idris Elba, left, as Stacker Pentecost and Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

Idris Elba, left, Rob Kazinsky and director Guillermo del Toro on the set of "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

Guillermo del Toro, director of the upcoming film "Pacific Rim," at CinemaCon 2013 on April 16 in Las Vegas. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press)

Spectacle, you say? The new trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” delivers it on a massive scale, with out-of-this world creatures and towering robots duking it out on land and in the ocean, all while bathed in stunningly beautiful blue and gold light.

Due in theaters July 12, the film, which Del Toro co-wrote with Travis Beacham, takes place in a near future, after a race of giant alien monsters has invaded our world via an inter-dimensional portal, prompting mankind to build equally enormous robots called Jaegers to defeat them.

The hulking mechanized weapons are manned by an elite team of pilots, including Charlie Hunnam’s Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi’s Mako Mori, who represent humanity’s best line of defense against the beastly threat.

The new clip explains “Pacific Rim’s” monster premise in a little more detail, but it’s the sheer scale of the imagery on display that’s especially remarkable, with the robots and kaiju duking taking center stage.

“What we went for is a very, very romantic look,” Del Toro told Hero Complex earlier this year. “I wanted to have a lot of crazy rain, wind, all the drama of an Emily Bronte movie in a high-tech movie.”

The latest “Pacific Rim” trailer debuted May 11 at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood, where Del Toro took the stage for a Q&A between screenings of two of his most personal films, “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

We’ll begin posting video segments soon from the wide-ranging Q&A, in which Del Toro talked not only about “Pacific Rim,” but also projects including his planned take on “Justice League Dark” and a pilot script for his adaptation of Naoki Urasawa’s “Monster” manga series for HBO.

Watch the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments.

– Gina McIntyre

Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex


Hero Complex Film Festival 2013

HCFF 2013: Del Toro, Darabont, Emmerich, more

‘Pacific Rim’ footage: ‘2,500 tons of awesome’

Guillermo del Toro crafts ‘gothic tech’ for kaiju saga

Is ‘Pacific Rim’ the new ‘Transformers’?

Guillermo del Toro talks ‘Pacific Rim’ comic

Del Toro: Filmmaking is like hostage negotiation

Charlie Day on ‘Pacific Rim’ part: ‘This guy’s not an idiot’

Del Toro ‘not giving up’ on ‘Mountains of Madness’

Guillermo del Toro reflects on ‘Cronos’ scares

PHOTOS: On the set of ‘The Walking Dead’


5 Responses to ‘Pacific Rim’ trailer offers robot vs. kaiju action on a massive scale

  1. Bobo says:

    Even if this bombs at the box office it is going to be a cult classic! Can't wait!

    • John W. says:

      There is probably a high-paying job waiting for you at the studio of your choice if you can tell us all how you know this to be true. No one in the history of cinema has ever been able to accurately identify a future cult classic immediately after (or even before!) a movie bombs at the box office. What's your secret, Magic Bobo?

      • Nilesh says:

        Umm why are we debating Karl Poppers philosophy of falsifiability here? I for one am going with Bobo on this one…as Stan said…who wouldn't love a good kaiju flick?

  2. Stan says:

    I agree with Bobo. Who doesn't love a kaiju flick, good or bad?!

  3. Bob Hope says:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <pre> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

E-mail It
Powered by ShareThis