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What's the best way to find a partner to mind-meld with? Throw down with them in a friendly but intense sparring match, as demonstrated in the latest clip from Pacific Rim, which shows us Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket, who faces off with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to see if she's got the chops to go head to head with him in a much more literal sense, because that's what it takes to operate the Jaegers that are being used to fight the Kaiju.
In Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam will trade in his bike for a Jaeger, a massive robot built to defend earth and humanity against the monsters called Kaiju, who've crawled out of the ocean and invaded the world, repeatedly attacking it and forcing man to fight back with machines. As MTV explained it when they shared the above clip, in order to operate the Jaegers, the two pilots' minds must be melded to form a synchronicity. So naturally, a pilot must find a compatible co-pilot with whom to team up with. And it looks like Becket sees something he likes in Mako Mori, who proves to be particularly efficient with a bo staff.
As the trailer revealed to us, the process of mind-melding not only means that their minds are connected, but so are their memories. It sounds like an incredibly intimate connection and one that could yield a really great character bond in the film, taking Pacific Rim from being a great alien-attack/robots vs. monsters movie and adding in a fantastic character story as these two pilots get to know one another in an intense kind of way. Here's hoping it works out that way. We'll find out July 12 when Pacific Rim arrives in theaters. In addition to Hunnam and Kikuchi, the film features Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini and Hunnam's Sons co-star Ron Perlman.
In other Pacific Rim news, those who need a bit of musical incentive to whet their appetite for this exciting looking film can listen to the full soundtrack over at Spotify for free. The score for the movie was composed by Ramin Djawadi, who did music for Prison Break, Iron Man and Game of Thrones. The first track alone should do the trick in getting moviegoers amped for this film to hit theaters. Those who want to buy the soundtrack can find it available for download at Amazon for $8.99, or a dollar more over at iTunes. (Heads up to the more thriftier music purchasers out there, Amazon mp3s can be downloaded and imported into iTunes.)
Here's the recently released extended TV spot for Pacific Rim: