I was watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the other day, having never got around to it until then. I was really curious to see how some of the massive special effects scenes would turn out, as ten years of advancements in the field have been made since Lord of The Rings. While I was impressed with the movie as a whole, I was particularly wowed by the Stone Giants fight scene which, even on my iMac, seemed overwhelmingly huge. I wished I’d caught that scene in an IMAX theatre.
The scene reminded me of Pacific Rim, and what we might be able to expect from the scope and size of the battle sequences. Being that director Guillermo del Toro was originally attached to direct The Hobbit (but maintained a story credit), I wonder how much of his imagination’s DNA stuck to that particular scene.
On to the good stuff. Here are two brand new Jaegers that will be seen in Pacific Rim when it opens July 12, 2013. The first is Australia’s Striker Eureka, which looks outlandishly badass with Wolverine-like claws and rocket launchers mounted on its chest.
The second is China’s Crimson Typhoon, which looks to be outfitted with a rotating hand-gauntlet which will no doubt turn the invading alien army into whipping cream.
PACIFIC RIM SYNOPSIS - 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.