In a different world we’d be getting Guillermo Del Toro‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in theaters this weekend, but while the filmmaker still takes a writing credit for the return to Middle-earth, we’re instead getting the trailer for his next blockbuster, Pacific Rim. We got the first glimpse of his monster (and robot) mayhem in an early Cloverfield-esque viral video featuring a news footage angle showing off some action in the film, but now the full-length trailer has landed.
The scale is indeed epic as we witness just how massive these creatures are next to some puny humans. While the actual CGI leaves a bit to be desired (looking a bit like a grown-up Real Steel), I have confidence in our director to take a seemingly silly set-up and deliver the goods. Check it out below for the film starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman and Charlie Day, as well as some new stills.
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.” 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 and an untested trainee 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 lands on July 12th, 2013.
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