Trailer: Pacific Rim


Well, we were promised an homage to the old Japanese giant monster mashers with Pacific Rim… and it looks like that is exactly what Guillermo del Toro is going to deliver. Giant things smashing each other. As it will with many, Transformers came to mind as I watched the trailer, but let’s get something straight here: del Toro ain’t no Michael Bay.

This movie oozes with talent. So, even as I watched this trailer with a sort of head-tilted skepticism, I had to keep in mind the people who were involved. Of course, there is del Toro who is the imaginative directorial and writing force behind some pretty awesome movies that include Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Cronos, and The Devil’s Backbone. One can assume from having him on board that there will be plenty of humanity to this story and that the humans will be there for more than just plot devices. The visuals are done by Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic as well as Legacy Effects. It also has a pretty great cast that includes Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Idris Elba, Charlie Bay, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, and Clifton Collins Jr. And while the screenplay is from a young and relatively unknown Travis Beacham, it is a original story… and original sci-fi stories are usually refreshing to experience in this day and age of remakes, adaptations, and sequels.

So yeah, it’s okay to be reminded of Transformers when something really big comes out of the water to fight something else really big, but really… this isn’t Transformers. Not even close.

What are your impressions? Sound off in the comments!

Jonathan is a writer and teacher constantly in pursuit of his fortune and glory. In the meantime, he graciously volunteers his genius to the internet, providing his insight on cinema and showering lessons of life upon all of those who stumble into the third row.


  1. Let me say straight out, that I am most definitely going to be seeing Pacific Rim.

    However, this trailer is absolutely horrible. It’s cut to ribbons and I’m getting sick of the horns (or, in this case, horn-like robotic sounds).

    I wouldn’t necessarily blame Guillermo Del Toro. I think this is all the studio marketing department’s doing.

    Of course, the detractors are already getting vocal on Twitter and blaming Del Toro for going in a big budget direction that they don’t like.

    If only At the Mountains of Madness didn’t implode….

    • I do not know, I so want a good/great Giant Monster vs Giant Robots film. If it succeeds, they might make a Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rahxephon, or Big O live-action film. One can only dream.

      • Why would you want those live action though?

        I am beyond stoked for this but I don’t want those other things because I already have them.

    • I absolutely can’t stand the Transformer movies, but I’m really looking forward to this. However, that’s mainly because I’m a big fan of Guillermo del Toro and the movies he has made so far.

      That said, I also haven’t seen the trailer. 😛

  2. Robot Voice = Portal Narrator (GLADOS)? That what it sounds like to me.

    I prefer Pan’s Labyrinth to Hellboy. But even del Torro in pop-corn action flick mode is something to get excited about I think.

    I agree with the general sentiment that the trailer is not that good. My chief complaint is that we see a lot of the creature designs. Seeing the creature revealed in the movie is a big part of the fun I think.

    • I would like to see Del Toro do more smaller films, but sadly he has trouble getting personal projects greenlit.

      It was really sad that At the Mountains of Madness was killed by something as silly as a contractual obligated rating.

      In some ways Del Toro’s work as a producer is getting more interesting than his directorial works. Somewhat interested in checking out Mama in the new year.

  3. As much as I enjoy the mindless balls out film making that Michael Bay does in Transformers 3 I do feel that those movies will cast a poor light on this regardless of what it ends up being.

    I am pumped for it.

  4. Sort of looks like an extended cut-scene from Halo 4, but put me down in the fuckyeah camp on this one. I liked Trans3 for what it was and I feel like maybe, just maybe, there’s a reverse-backlash on that one.

    So if GdT can take something so one note and make it a little bit deeper; more human, then yeah, there’s no reason this can’t be two hours of popcorn-munching rad.

    Also the two leads from “Sons of Anarchy” coming together on the big screen to fight monsters. heh.


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