Pacific Rim is aiming to impress. Director Guillermo del Toro really wants to make a movie that will bring out the eleven-year-old in everyone – the little kid that dreamed about big machines and big battles.
He very well may succeed.
In an effort to put his audiences in the middle of the action, del Toro motivated himself by a personal belief: every big blockbuster film, no matter how much CG rendering is required, must maintain a certain level of practical effects. In Pacific Rim, they built set pieces as tall as four stories in which the actors would be pummelled by water, slammed around from side to side and generally “tortured”.
Watch this really cool behind-the-scenes featurette and find out more about what’s spawned from del Toro’s imagination – the stuff that will likely make Pacific Rim one of the most fun movies experiences of the year.
Pacific Rim opens July 12th.
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.