This is OUR Independence Day, we band of buggered!: Pacific Rim Trailer
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This is OUR Independence Day, We Band of Buggered!: Pacific Rim Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | December 13, 2012 | Comments ()


I can't believe that the Japanese never thought of combining their signature genres of giant robots and giant monsters emerging from the sea. I'm not being hyperbolic. I literally do not believe that is the case and figure that by the fourth comment someone will list a series of Japanese films or television shows that are exactly that. And then you will not see or hear from me for a month while I devour the entire sub-sub-genre.

There is absolutely nothing about the trailer for Pacific Rim that I could pull out that looks any good. Oh sure, there's a giant creature strapped to an aircraft carrier, there are enormous roaring beasts ripping apart the Golden Gate Bridge, and there are of course honest to God (and Rick Hunter) 300 foot tall robots. There is even Idris Elba doing his best sci-fi Saint Crispin's Day speech. But as a whole it looks like the worst movie ever conceived, and every individual component seems like it should be ashamed to be on late night SyFy Channel.

Only at the same time, I am somehow more excited about this film than anything else coming out for the next year. Here's the trailer:

I am ashamed. I am excited. Oh, Guillermo, you had me at giant robots.

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  • Dragonchild

    The better giant robot stories address the issue of engagement range (i.e., why the hell would you design an oversized melee weapon when you can launch a missile) by trying everything else first. For all its flaws, "Evangelion" quickly established that nukes were only marginally useful against angels, adding some mystical reason for why the Evas HAD to be used. Hard to tell if they'll account for it just by watching the trailer, but I hope this movie does the same (in its own way) instead just having a couple fighters do some low-speed passes with their machine guns (which does happen in the trailer, ugh). Modern weapons can take down targets well before they're in sight, and this isn't exactly military nerd knowledge.

  • Purplejebus

    Voltron and Tranzor Z to name a couple more. Still, looks cool.

  • Kip Hackman

    I knew it would take something huge to get Jax Teller out of Charming, I just didn't expect it to be the huge robot the government gives him to pilot against huge monsters.

  • I am that girl who will go see a shitty movie when her imaginary boyfriend (here, played by Idris Elba) is in it, so of course I have to go see this and OF COURSE I'm making my real BF take me.

  • Strand

    This is every Godzilla/Teknoman/Gundam trope turned up to 11 and I love it. When was the last live action, giant mecha movie? I don't recall one outside of Robot Jox and for that sake alone, I'll watch the shit out of Pacific Rim.

  • Connor King

    Godzilla vs. Megalon

    Megalon was basically a MechGodzilla

  • manting

    just read Ready Player One - theres a whole section on Giant Robot shows and movies. Does "gyspsy danger" have a Blazing Sword?

  • bob barker

    Now I'm going to wait for the robot jox reboot.

  • Look them up

    Ultraman, The Space Giants, Mecha-godzilla

    to name a few

  • mairimba

    The Power Rangers did it first, I believe. Which means I'm totally in on this.

  • Blake

    Giant Robots fighting Giant Monsters? TAKE MY MONEY!!!

    I hope before each battle they do the VS from Tekken / Scott Pilgrim.

  • marigi

    I can't stand that I have to wait 'till July to see this. Fuckin' holidays with your stupid rom-coms and dumb-ass movies!!!!!

  • This is totally NEON GENISIS EVANGELION!
    Even the monster looks like from it?! :D
    Pretty badass.

  • Jemiah Jefferson

    Oooh, I hope the really shiny blue tetrahedron shows up. That Angel is cooool.

  • VonnegutSlut

    When I see those guys in the white suits controlling the robots by proxy, all I can think is: "GET AWAY FROM HER YOU BITCH!!!!"

  • Frank Booth

    I came for the Kaiju but stayed for the rocket assisted giant robot punches

  • Barry

    I love the way the creatures/mechs move, like they are friggin' HUGE and therefore don't move like welterweight boxers.

  • APOCooter

    There is no way that this movie isn't batshit bonkers awesome.

  • KaGe

    Was that GLaDOS?!? Please tell me there will be portal guns.

  • Kip Hackman

    It won't truly be GLaDOS until she criticizes someone for being fat/an orphan.

  • CptCrckpot

    I thought the same thing! And maybe Chell controls one of the 'mechs.

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