Giant Robots, People, Giant Fricking Robots: Final Pacific Rim Trailer
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Giant Robots, People, Giant Fricking Robots: Final Pacific Rim Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | July 9, 2013 | Comments ()


When I was ten years old if people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was “mecha pilot”. And they just didn’t understand, Will, they just didn’t understand. Guillermo del Toro? The man gets it deep down in his soul. Here’s the final trailer for Pacific Rim, which will be released this week and I’m pretty sure will bomb at the box office while proceeding to top every critic’s and ten year old’s top ten list of “Funnest Movies of the Year.”

This is a code red people, we have giant fricking robots fighting giant fricking monsters.

We have Charlie Day as a mad scientist. Why do I say he’s mad? Because he’s a scientist who builds giant fricking robots. He’s a twizzler and a cow away from Walter Bishop territory already.

We have Idris Elba auditioning for the big speech in Independence Day 2, with every lovely vowel of his natural accent. John Luther is cancelling the apocalypse you sots.

And there are also giant fricking robots. Including one using an entire container ship as a club. That is proper mashing your toys together on the back lawn logic right there.

I don’t know much in this crazy world, but I do know that my ten year old self would have cut off his own arm to see this movie in theaters. And by god, I’m letting him out this weekend.

For America. And baseball. And apple pie. And giant fricking robots.

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  • Jack London

    Just saw Pacific Rim. Delightful fun. Robots smash monsters.
    Now I want Guillermo del Toro to direct a Rufallo Hulk movie.

  • blacksred

    already got our 3d tickets and hotel room afterwards!!

  • Lauren_Lauren

    I need a mop on aisle 3.

  • John W

    I hope this movie does extremely well at the box office because I'm still holding out hope that Del Toro will get to make Lovecraft's Mountains of Madness.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Here is the clip on a more trustworthy site.

  • emmalita

    Thanks for posting this link, I couldn't get the one in the post to work. And I must say again - sploosh! So much sploosh!

  • Jerce

    He’s a twizzler and a cow away from Walter Bishop territory already.
    Have I told you lately that I love you?

  • Tinkerville

    I've got my ticket for the midnight screening in IMAX, bitches! I'm so excited for this I could burst.

  • Allijo99

    I'm just worried that if this movie does well then the studio PR people will make one of the robots date Kaley Cuoco.

  • Maguita NYC

    Love this!

  • lowercase_ryan

    We need a Kickstarter to get Charlie Twizzlers and a cow, right freaking now.

  • ,

    Did I see a Godzilla cameo?

    Any civil engineering types here, I invite to enlighten me: Don't most major cities have a lot of infrastructure space under the streets? For sewer pipes and water pipes and wiring and subways and just generally a lot of void not far below the surface? And wouldn't million-pound monsters/robots tromping around city streets essentially sink up to their knees and get ... kinda ... you know, stuck?

  • NateMan

    I'd think the ocean would be even more of a problem. A giant robot steps on a city and sure, he goes through the subway and makes a big hole, but there's not necessarily a lot of debris to extricate himself from. Have him walk across the ocean, on a bed of thick sand and gloopy mud, and I'd think he's not going to get very far.

    But hey: giant robots and monsters. My logical brain can take a flying leap right out the window for this one.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    going out on a logic limb here, but the bottom of the ocean isn't thick and gloopy. Think about the pressure pushing down on the floor. The pressure at the bottom of a trench is greater than the breaking PSI of a good sized jackhammer.

    That said, there's probably several inches of uncompacted silt and other junk, but probably not super deep.

    Well look at that, here's an article about Marine Science and the ocean bottom!

  • Idle Primate

    "Biogenous Bottom Oozes". Sounds like the day after too much discount beer.

  • MrsAtaxxia


  • UglyBattery

    I am really excited for this movie. An unhealthy level of excitement. My favorite movies are Jurassic Park, Independence Day, and others like it, so you can understand why I am attracted to this.

  • BWeaves

    1. What's the point of having two pilots if they both do the exact same thing?

    2. It's like a cross between old school Godzilla and the Gator II trailer from the DVD extras of Archer season 3.

  • Captain D

    I'm less offended by the two-pilot, mind meld thing and more disappointed that this couldn't have been Tom Cruise's summer blockbuster with an assist from Anthony Edwards.

  • DeaconG

    Gee, it worked for Voltron, didn't it? Five in the Lion Voltron, fifteen in the Vehicle Voltron, and they weren't mind-linked.
    Just go with it.

  • MrsAtaxxia

    The two pilot thing is because the Jaegers are too big and complex for one brain to control, so two people work in tandem to do it. It also helps cause you know, bonding and character building stuff cause you gotta get all up in the other person's head for it to work.

    Edited to say: What Marc said.

  • Marc Greene

    1. I have not seen the film, but the premise brought up from at least one of the trailers is actually piloting the mech is so complicated that it takes two minds to run it effectively, like two hemispheres of the same brain. I'm sure they'll give a bit more info in the film, but from here it looks like a cool plot device to add drama between the pilots (secrets, memories, and emotions laid bare).

  • BWeaves

    " . . . but from here it looks like a cool plot device to add drama between the pilots (secrets, memories, and emotions laid bare)."

    Except, wouldn't that baggage get in the way of killing the monsters. What you need is two football players to pilot the robots. "Hulk smash!" That sort of thing. Not, "I was playing on the swing when I was 5 and little Billy asked if I wanted to play Doctor . . ."

  • NynjaSquirrel

    There you go - injecting logic into it. My personal question - why bother with inefficient bipeds, why not simply use aircraft/tomahawk missiles instead? A couple of thermite bombs would melt a hole in anything, even the largest, scaliest gozirra.

    Oh - and you need two pilots to appeal to both genders in the audience.

  • MikeRoorda

    I think the marketing behind this film has been horrible and misguided. It has all the components of something that I would absolutely push a pope into traffic to go see, yet I come away from all of the previews feeling nonplussed and apathetic.

    I'll go see it, because monsters and robots and Del Toro, but I'm still concerned about the advertising and the draw it will get at the box office. Really don't want this one to bomb.

  • Louise

    That is proper mashing your toys together on the back lawn logic right there.
    Yes. This. Take my money.

  • I am definitely going to see this. Not since The Expendables 2 has a movie trailer guaranteed that I would be in it's theater with such a high degree of certainty.

  • kirivinokur

    Wow, I grew up on Mazinger Z, Daimos, Voltes V, Getter Robo, Grendizer, etc., but this looks loud and boring. As an adult, I reminisce more about the pilots' personal drama (a missing dad, a Romeo-and-Juliet love affair, etc.) than about the punching robots. This looks like a lot of robots punching.

  • Dragonchild

    They're not going to show the wangst in a damn preview; trailers are intended to build up excitement and you can't adequately reflect depth that quickly anyway. That said, I am apprehensive that the movie will have some drama, but it'll be treated with Star Wars prequel regard (a.k.a. "let's cook up some trashy BS and get it out of the way so we can get back to fighting"). Then again, a lot of robot fights in anime are about petty things like jealousy, childhood grudges or even nothing at all, so. . . yeah. The more robots punching in this movie, the better.

  • This looks like a lot of robots punching.

    You say that like it's a bad thing.

  • Tinkerville

    "This looks like a lot of robots punching."

    EXACTLY. Why do you hate fun?

  • kirivinokur


  • Marc Greene

    Let's just hope Del Toro isn't actually Michael Bay in a mask with a faux Latin accent.

  • Tinkerville

    Did Transformers punch giant monsters that came from the depths of the ocean? Did Transformers have Charlie Day and Luther himself?! I THINK NOT.

  • Marc Greene

    I think the drama between the mind-linked pilots might have a bit more weight in the film than the trailers suggest. As far as I am aware, del Toro is not afraid to tie deeper personal drama strings to his action pieces (i.e. Hellboy). We'll see I guess.

  • kirivinokur

    Let's hope.

  • koko temur

    This too will make millions in SE Asia. They dont have recession here, tickets are relatively cheap anyway and it looks about as most Japaneese/Korean thing ever. I already hope that my prediction is correct, it will be profitable due to world wide grossing and they will start working on part II next monday.

    Just to put it out there - Robots and Sea Monsters put their diffrences behind and team up to fight huge, airborn sharks. Fast and furious style.

  • NateMan

    I would think the airborne sharks would be a weapon of the sea monsters, no? Perhaps fired out of some sort of cannon? Or like Vector's piranha gun in Despicable Me.

  • koko temur

    Human logic - yes. Movie executive logic - no. You have to have something huge enough to bring those mortal enemies together, and SHARKNADO is the only way. I repeat - THE ONLY WAY. make it happen, hollywood.

  • emmalita


  • How else would you combat the dreaded SHARKNADO!

  • Fredo

    This Thursday night. I demand SLW do a minute-by-minute of the glory that shall be SHARKNADO!

  • He can hone his skills for the inevitable follow up of PIRANHACANE!

  • NateMan

    And the spin-off of OCTOPALYPSE.

  • Does that come before or after the SPIDERCANO!

  • NateMan

    That, right there, is the most terrifying idea I've ever heard.

  • Yeah, I've heard that. I was talking about what a Spidercano would look like yesterday and my girlfriend screwed her eyes shut, covered her ears and shrieked at me to stop talking about it.

  • Fredo

    Now...Spidercano? Or...SERPENTCLONE!! (A cyclone full of serpents).

    Note: the name can also work for a bad G.I. Joe Henchman.

  • zeke_the_pig

    If I was ten years old now and someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would also say, 'mecha pilot.'

    But only if 'Idris Elba' wasn't an admissible answer.

  • Fredo

    I keep thinking I'm the only soul in America who is eagerly awaiting this movie. Glad to know I won't be alone.

    I need to see this in IMAX 3D. I need to get vertigo from staring up at the robots and seizures from the fights. I need this to be a visual equivalent to a candy rush.

    More than anything, I need Del Toro to have a big hit so that he can deliver on The Strain TV series and the In the Mountains of Madness movie and every other damn project that crazy Mexican wants to bring. I don't want him to end up as the next Shyamalan or Verbinski -- stuck directing mindless studio junk for the sake of the executive producer's ego.

  • UglyBattery

    I am dying from laughter at the first two parts of this comment.

  • emmalita

    I think you're hanging out with the wrong people. Pacific Rim and The World's End are eagerly awaited in my world.

  • Fredo

    I more than likely am. And yes, those are two of my most eagerly awaited (add Elysium and Gravity too).

  • NateMan

    Can't wait for Elysium!

  • NateMan

    I would pay so much good money for del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness. No other director has nearly as good a grasp on the Cthulhu Mythos.

    And Pacific Rim so far has an 81% rating on rottentomatoes. Maybe it'll perform better than we fear.

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    i was absolutely thrilled when it was announced he was going to do At The Mountains of Madness, then broken-hearted when Prometheus overshadowed it and the project was dropped, especially with how disappointed I was in the latter.

    All I ever want is a decent, cosmic-scale Lovecraft film adaptation, and I agree, I wouldn't trust anyone but Del Toro to do it

  • Idle Primate

    If transformers can make a billion dollars people will go to this too. Its more big robots. People like big robots.

  • NateMan

    I wonder if I can get away with bringing my 2yr old for her naptime? Kid can sleep through anything. Probably not this, though. Ah well, it's a nice fantasy.

  • Jack London

    There were lots of little kids at my screening. Several of them left in tears during the movie.

  • Boo_Radley

    They ought to create a "crib of silence" for taking your child to the movies.

  • NateMan

    Agreed! Her mother would probably have a problem with me exposing her to this anyway, but I think it could prove very educational. You never know when this situation will crop up in real life!

  • emmalita

    My parents took me to movies like this as a small child. I turned out ok. I mean, I am here.

  • Maguita NYC

    Not necessarily a vouch for sanity Emmalita. Some crazy shit goes on Pajiba and thank f-ck for that.

    Also, I grew up watching my father's old Grendizer episodes (ON VHS), my uncle promised me a green horse same as Duke's, and I've spent my childhood playing Maria during recess: OF COURSE I'LL BE WATCHING THAT MOVIE.

    Important to note that I am still waiting for that horse.

  • emmalita

    My point exactly. I'm sure you'll get that green horse Someday. Someday!

  • John W

    I'm there. It'll take a court order to stop me.

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