"Pacific Rim Has Monsters Up the Wazoo". So said director Guillermo del Toro of his monsters versus robots extravaganza, Pacific Rim. Unfortunately, unless you attended Comic-Con in San Diego, you are not going to get to see footage from the movie any time soon.
Del Toro cut a trailer specifically for the event and from what we hear it was huge. Huge.
As in huge monsters, and huge robots. Huge monster-fighting robots.
Pacific Rim stars Idris Elba (Prometheus), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Hunnam’s Anarchy co-star and Hellboy himself Ron Perlman, Charlie Day and the academy award nominated Rinko Kikuchi (Babel). The Comic-Con trailer began with two people treasure-hunting on a beach who watch dumbfounded as a giant robot stumbles from the ocean, the ground shuddering under its massive robot weight, and collapses on the beach.
The rest of the trailer is a series of shots from the film, including monsters ripping apart the Golden Gate Bridge, Charlie Hunnam in a metal uniform ready to pilot one of the robots (or 'Jaegers' as they are called in the film) and Jaegers wading through the ocean or being dropped from the sky to battle the monster (AKA kaijus).
The reel ends with Idris Elba delivering an inspiring speech: “Today, at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we’ve chosen to turn to each other! Today, we face the monsters that are at our door! Today we are cancelling the apocalypse!”
The Mayans will be upset.
So what exactly is the story?
Well, when the Kaijus rise from the sea and threaten to destroy earth, we earthlings devise ginormous robot weapons, Jaegers, to fight them. On the brink of defeat, a washed-up pilot (Hunnam) and a trainee (Kikuchi) are enlisted to save the earth.
Del Toro told an enthusiastic crowd that that the film would feature “approximately nine kaijus, and six robots”.
Initially there were up to 40 kaijus, but del Toro went on to explain that they eliminated the majority of them - American Idol style. We can confirm that he confirmed that there are flying monsters, sea monsters, heck, literally, “monsters up the wazoo”!
One interesting tidbit is that the robots were animated traditionally rather than with motion capture.
Pacific Rim will hit cinemas in 2013. Will keep you updated with further images and footage.
Here's the cool Comic-Con poster: