Well, it’s finally here—the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, a.k.a., “that one movie where the giant aliens crawl out of an underground dimensional portal so that one guy from Sons of Anarchy gets into a giant robot and fights them.” It’s an interesting trailer—a lot of the action here looks like what Michael Bay must see in his sleep (big, loud battles between giant machines and beasts with lots of booms and bravado), and yet because it comes from the mind of del Toro (Cronos, Pan’s Labyrinth, the Hellboy films), we’ve got faith in his ability to transcend a kinda-sorta silly premise.
Essentially, the film tells the story of the Kaiju (big monsters) who come from the sea to wage war on humanity. Humanity strikes back with Jaegers (giant robots piloted by two people per robot, as the war nears its end and things don’t look good for humanity, mankind turns to “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.”
Again, it all seems rather silly, but hey—if anyone can make this respectably weird, it’s del Toro.
Pacific Rim hits theaters in 2D and—sigh—3D on July 12, 2013.
What do you think of the trailer?