Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim seems to be filmed with all kinds of cool little universe-building details that scif-fi geeks will go crazy for, but one of the coolest ideas the film employs is the way in which the giant robots, called Jaegers, are piloted by humans. Because it takes too much brain power for one person to control a machine as large as the Jaegers are, a science is developed that allows two pilots to telepathically link, enter a shared mind space called The Drift, and control the giant metal bot. And that cool little detail is the subject of the latest behind-the-scenes featurette, released by Warner Bros.

Based on an original screenplay by Travis Beacham, Pacific Rim is set in a future where a dimensional portal has opened in the depth of the Pacific Ocean and has begun spewing out giant, 30-story monsters called Kaiju. In order to protect humanity, the world's governments join together to create the Jaeger program, financing the creation of giant robots that can be used to protect the coastal cities from the other-worldly attack. The story centers on two pilots - one a washed up veteran (Charlie Hunnam) and the other an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who team up to pilot an older model Jaeger and save the world. Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Burn Gorman all co-star in the movie.

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