Pacific Rim: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Thursday, July 11, 2013

Today at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time.  We have chosen to believe in each other! Today we face the monsters that are at our door, today we are cancelling the apocalypse! 

Today, "Go Big or Go Extinct" with the release of Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, one of the year's most-anticipated film paying homage to the Kaiju/Mecha culture this Summer.  

Anticipation is one word that has been applied on a regular basis here at The Daily Zombies. That should come to the surprise of no one given the frequency we covered highly anticipated elements of popular culture from video games, comic books to films. And right there among the very top of the list of most anticipated film for 2013 is Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. 

Easily the most ambitious project ever in the prolific film-maker's storied career, Pacific Rim is considerably a rarity in the modern era of cinema. Yes, there is no doubt that it is still made in the mold of highly-budgeted tentpole films that Hollywood is churning out every Summer. But this film features: Kaiju! Giant Mecha! Massive battles between both! and perhaps most notable of all, the steady hand to guide everything into its right place... auteur film-maker Guillermo del Toro. 

Like us here at The Daily Zombies, del Toro is also a long-time fan of Japanese's Kaijū Eiga (怪獣映画, giant monster films) and Mecha (giant robots) culture. Promising that film will be "the finest fucking monsters ever committed to screen", we are absolutely convinced that Pacific Rim will be one hell of a homage to the beloved Kaiju genre unlike Roland Emmerich's 1998 take on Godzilla. Nevertheless, that does not exactly quell our concerns over the fact that this is an original property that is not an adaptation, a sequel, a remake, or a reboot, and the film features a cast that is considerably weak by big Summer blockbuster standards. After all, those are the common element to sell a tentpole film these days. While we should not be overtly concerned over what we have no power with, the long-awaited return of del Toro is a reason to celebrate by itself. With the powers-that-be basically handed over del Toro hundreds of millions to reimagine a live-action take on his favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons, Pacific Rim has proved to be darling with those who set their eyes on the awesome trailers for the film.

Being the most likely flop of the year right next to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel (that turned out to be fine, box-office wise), Pacific Rim is a call to anyone who has ever been amazed by Mecha/Kaiju action. And to top it all off, IMAX 3D is the way to go for this one. So do join us in cancelling the apocalypse in style at the cinemas. 

For those who have yet to look at any of the trailers for the film, here are some of the more recent trailers and featurettes released to whet your appetite.

The two Final Launch trailers to a series of awesome trailers for the film.

"Second Chances"


In this trailer entitled "At the Edge", fans of Idris Elba's inspirational speech gets a full serving.

The official main trailer.

The awe-inspiring trailer shown at both CinemaCon and WonderCon.

In this Japanese trailer, del Toro acknowledges the source of his inspiration and pay homage in the intro.

Featurette from the film.

First, a 14-minute making-of featurette complete with interviews with the cast as well as del Toro and Thomas Tull, the CEO of Legendary Pictures.

Entitled "Destroy All Kaiju", we have a closer look at the production process behind the creation of the awesome-looking Kaiju in the film.

The Jaegers take the spotlight in this next featurette aptly entitled "Jaegers: Mech Warriors".

In this featurette, the concept behind "Drift Space" is explained.

In this featurette known as "Under Attack", we have a clear notion on both the story arc as well as some cool behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

Given the nature of the film, the graphic marketing department has been outstanding behind the promotion campaign. This is best illustrated with the awesome posters from the film. Here are some of the recently-released posters for the film.

Posters in Japan.

The "Character" poster set.

Here's a specially commissioned poster conjured by Metal Gear Solid art director Yoji Shinkawa. Guillermo del Toro has this to say:

“It is a privilege to work with Yoji, one of the greatest artist and designers in Japan, and one so closely associated with such iconic images.”

A special poster available for the folks catching the film during the IMAX screening on the opening weekend complete with del Toro’s comments on the poster:

“I am thrilled to introduce Sergio Grisanti to the world. For years he has been a highly respected commercial artist. When I was first exposed to his art for Pacific Rim I knew instantly that he was a powerhouse of talent. He created the Jaeger posters/card art we used at Wondercon. Without any hesitation I asked him to create this new IMAX FANFIX art. Look at it closely – with a magnifying glass! So much going on! Such power! Such beauty! Sergio loves his Kaijus and his Mecha, and it shows. The poster, like my film, is a tribute to well-loved things. I wish all the fans the best time at the first IMAX screenings of Pacific Rim. Enjoy!”

Character posters released via the film's Facebook page.

And courtesy of the official Facebook page of the film, click on the below image to look at the "super" banner for its full hi-res grandeur.

Official set images from the film of which most have been released before but never in such quality.

Concept art for 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.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi , Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman, Pacific Rim is now available in all fine theaters in 3D and IMAX 3D.


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