Pacific Rim looks like it’s been tailor-made to please audiences of all ages – for anyone who just wants to sit down in an IMAX theatre and be wowed. Any movie that features giant robots dragging freighter ships through city streets to be used as baseball bats will win me over. Especially if it comes from the mind of Guillermo del Toro and reminds me of Voltron.
In this new featurette, the creative minds behind the film explain the science used to pilot the Jaegers. As explained by Charlie Hunnam’s voiceover in previous trailers, two minds are melded as one to control the giant robots used to defend Earth against the evil Kaiju. This pilot-to-pilot connection, or “neural handshake”, is known as “The Drift”.
Pacific Rim opens on 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.