Guillermo del Toro Reveals More Pacific Rim Images And His Favorite Monster
I sincerely wish that, somewhere in the rush of giant trailers during last night's Super Bowl, there had been an appearance by what might be the biggest summer movie of all: Pacific Rim. Sure, it's not a sequel or based on pre-existing characters, but it's the only summer movie being sold by its director as "giant fucking monsters vs. giant fucking robots." If you don't want to see that with a giant tub of popcorn and blasting air conditioning, you don't deserve summer movies.
Even without a trailer, though, we've got a new look into Guillermo del Toro's new monster movie, thanks to a feature at USA Today. They've included some new images along with the story, and you can click on two of them below to see the entire feature and the full image gallery.
Del Toro is one of Hollywood's most famous nerds, so it comes as no surprise to see all the nerdy influences that went into Pacific Rim, from naming the monsters Kaiju-- a common trope of Japanese movies and TV shows-- to basing the monster-fighters off Western heroes, right down to the sound of clinking spurs when our heroes strap into the robots they use to fight the beasts. The robots, called Jaegers, are each piloted by two humans, and the station where they meet up is "basically the Alamo," as del Toro describes it. There's also an unmistakable Western influence in the name of Idris Elba's character, who bellows "Today we are canceling the apocalypse!" in the film's unforgettable first trailer. The guy's name is Marshal Stacker Pentecost. STACKER PENTECOST. Right now I'm already hoping for his spinoff.
Pacific Rim is coming to theaters on July 12, and you can click here for everything else you need to know about it.
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