Everything You Need to Know About ‘Pacific Rim’

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.


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The Coolest ‘Pacific Rim’ Trailer Yet

Here’s a trailer for Pacific Rim that makes it look truly epic — both for the robots and the humans inside them.

I love the way that Idris Elba’s big speech is intercut with the scenes of destruction and how Rinko Kikuchi’s heavy breathing conveys nervousness and fear. Put that human element together with impeccable visual effects and we could have a real blockbuster on our hands.

Of course, Pacific Rim does face something of an uphill battle at the box office because one of the very few big-budget summer movies that is not a sequel, so the general public has to want to take a chance on it. I really hope they do, in this summer in which the name-brand films — Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel — have stumbled so badly.

Pacific Rim opens July 12.

Pilot a Jaeger in This ‘Pacific Rim’ Clip

I absolutely love behind-the-scenes footage from big special-effects films; the intricacy of green-screen work fascinates me, so this footage detailing the hard work that went into making Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim is like candy to me.

The maestro himself details how he shot actors Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam in the control pod of one of the giant robots (known as Jaegers) tasked with saving the world from giant monsters (kaiju).

Pacific Rim opens July 12, and I’d like to be first in line for this robo-thriller.

The First Trailer for Pacific Rim Lives Up to the Hype!

We’ve finally gotten a look at Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and it is awesome.

The giant robots vs. giant monsters movie looks like it will live up to the hype; it appeared to look like a Godzilla flick should look, and it has Del Toro’s tell-tale visual style: It’s darkly beautiful.

Idris Elba has a great speech scene, as we saw, and Charlie Hunnam narrates with a suitably gravelly, war-weary voice. So far, I haven’t seen anything that I don’t like, but I think a lot will hinge on how interesting the monsters look. I’m certain that the monster scenes in this clip have been artificially darkened to hide details about the creatures, which is fine.

Pacific Rim is slated to open on July 12, 2013.

Latest Prometheus Trailer Ups the Intrigue

The more I see about Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus, the more intrigued I become. I wish I could phrase that “the more I learn about Prometheus,” but we never really seem to learn anything about the storyline of the movie. We get images, but not context. What does it all mean?

Regardless, I am intrigued by what I see here…

Prometheus opens June 8, and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Logan Marshall-Green.