“Initiating neural handshakes in 4, 3, 2…”

As an online writer, I get attacked by Internet commenters on a regular basis, and I realize that some of it could be avoided if I wouldn’t just assume people know where I’m coming from when I say certain things. I can say that a movie I adore isn’t the best film on a critical level, and some people can’t understand the separation between objectivity and subjectivity; but it's my fault for not explaining things properly. So before shit gets twisted, know that I don’t give a hoot nor a holler about general consensus on Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, even though I have my own personal doubts. But my expectations for this film are so pleasantly compacted and organized that I don’t think I can possibly be disappointed with the end result, especially when the above trailer seems to be the most well-rounded of the bunch.

Last year’s Comic-Con gave the world the film’s first footage, but it wasn’t until the first trailer released in December that Legendary decided to unleash the multimedia marketing beast, barraging fans, potential fans and complete unknowns with trailers, posters, and websites, stopping just short of unearthing one of the film’s enormous Kaiju creatures and making him sign autographs.

So did I expect this final trailer, courtesy of iTunes Movies, to be the most successful of the bunch? Hell no I didn’t. I thought it would just be a simple rehashing of everything we’ve seen before. And while it necessarily is filled with previously-seen footage, this is definitely a human-centered preview, teasing us with Charlie Hunnam’s initiation into the Defense Corps and focusing more on what it takes for these guys to inhabit the giant Jaeger robots, and how the public reacts to their heroics. Even the inner turmoil that will of course exist when this much testosterone is directed towards one goal.

Now, it focuses more on humans than other ones, but humans are definitely not the central issue here. This is still a very action-oriented, robots ‘n’ monsters bash-em-up preview, filled with Hunnam’s narration and trailer-ready lines like “Let’s do this!” And while I sincerely hope that the human element prevails amidst all the rampant destruction, I still don’t think it’ll be as gloomy an affair as similar destrouction in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Maybe because it seems to take place at night, where you can’t see all the death.

I don’t need to tell you where I’ll be when the film releases on July 12, but I will. I’ll be in the theater, watching the scene below and feeling my cinematic insides go all ooey-gooey. Hopefully it wasn’t the chili from the nachos.

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