Pacific Rim is due in U.S. theaters this Friday (with sneak peeks beginning Thursday night), and producers Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are a bit concerned about recent tracking, which showed little awareness/anticipation for Guillermo Del Toro’s giant robots vs. giant monsters film among the general public. (The geek vote is securely locked up; Guillermo had us at kaiju.)
To remedy that situation, producers have released a number of informational videos (between 1 and 4 minutes in length) to explain the Pacific Rim universe. I have gathered them here as a public service — in case my own breathless enthusiasm for the picture has been unclear.
First up, Idris Elba, as Gen. Stacker Pentecost, explains what’s at stake in mankind’s war against the kaiju.
Next, Charlie Hunnam’s Raleigh Becket learns what it means to be under attack.
What — exactly — is a kaiju?
How can these robots, called Jaegers, fight back?
Those robots are piloted by humans. Attractive humans.
And, finally, Hellboy himself, the inimitable Ron Perlman, appears in character as snake oil salesman Hannibal Chau to tout the miraculous healing powers of kaiju organs and bodily fluids.
So there you have it: everything you need to know to enjoy Pacific Rim. If you’re not looking forward to it at this point, well… you can just get the hell off my blog!