For a while now we barely heard anything about Guillermo del Toro’s monster vs. robot spectacle known as Pacific Rim. We finally don’t have to wait for information any longer; the official synopsis was released online.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—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. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
It’s sounding like an epic and one hell of an endeavor for del Toro and co. But if anyone can develop a movie with such a massive scale and compelling characters, it’s Guillermo del Toro. Just a look of his track record is enough; he’s done Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth for example.
Oh yeah — del Toro said we can expect a lot more news at this year’s Comic-Con. It’s a given that I’ll be there for it. I can’t wait.
Pacific Rim tramples theaters July 12, 2013.