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.
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