Pacific Rim: First Look

Posted by Grey Saturday, July 7, 2012

Giant Mecha battles Giant Monsters on the streets of Hong Kong, America, and Japan in
Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming sci-fi epic, Pacific Rim.

Easily one of The Daily Zombies's most-anticipated film of 2013, the ever-prolific Guillermo del Toro take on one of his most ambitious project ever in Pacific Rim.

Giant Mecha!
Massive battles between both!
Directed by Guillermo del Toro!

Sold. At least for us here at The Daily Zombies, being long-time fans of Japanese's Kaijū Eiga (怪獣映画, giant monster films), Mecha (giant robots) culture, and more importantly, the dark visionary of auteur film-maker Guillermo del Toro. Hollywood finally embraced the influence of the unique brand of Japanese sci-fi, and with del Toro, you can rest assured that this ain't no Hollywood's Godzilla, the 1998 disaster movie directed by Roland Emmerich that is truly a disaster in itself.

A homage to the Kaiju genre, Del Toro promised that the film will be "the finest fucking monsters ever committed to screen" at last year's San Diego Comic-Con.

In an earlier interview with Total Film, del Toro describes the scale of the film:

When we’re talking about the physicality of the fight, we ended up building several blocks of Hong Kong. And literally demolished them. We built a building and then we took down the buildings.

We built command centres of the robots that were the size of the house. We started them on hydraulic rigs that shoot and elevated them and moved them round so you could really get a sense of the physical nature driving a robot like this.

We take the battles far and above! Two or three of them happen in places where there have never been a battle between kaiju and robots. From the bottom of the ocean to the atmosphere of the Earth. We have a battle in a storm at sea. Every battle we try to do differently. One is seen from the point of view of a single person. We never cut away from that point of view.

Also courtesy of Total Film, we had our first look at Idris Elba as General Stacker Pentecost, in his complete futuristic suit.

And in a recent interview with USA Today, del Toro further elaborate the level of his involvement:

"Every one of his monsters, which fans will be able to see for the first time on Saturday at a Warner Bros. panel, will have individual personalities and abilities. Some are adept at swimming in the depths of the sea, others fly, and one even vomits corrosive magma-like liquid. There’s a lot to love."

Between this and the unfortunately dropped proposed live-action adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness of which both Hollywood juggernauts Tom Cruise and James Cameron were to be involved to star and produce respectively (but reportedly failed to launch due to the massive budget and the fact that it will be a straight R-rated film), we are happy to see that that this mecha/kaiju epic lives on to see the light of the day despite our invested sentiments in Lovecraft's all-time horror classic.

Here are some of the images of the film released thus far featuring Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Antrobus and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori.

And here are the first posters from the film.

Here's the official synopsis from the film:

From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic 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 (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.

Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) is directing “Pacific Rim” from a script by Travis Beacham (“Clash of the Titans”). Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent are producing, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”), Idris Elba (“Thor”), Rinko Kikuchi (“The Brothers Bloom”), Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses”), and Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films). The ensemble cast also includes Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke.

Del Toro’s behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Guillermo Navarro, production designer Andrew Neskoromny, editor Peter Amundson, and costume designer Kate Hawley.

Slated for release in Summer 2013, “Pacific Rim” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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