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Giant Robots and Cthulu: Pacific Rim Plot Summary

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 24, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 24, 2012 |

The good news is that Guillermo del Toro’s film Pacific Rim is looking to be a genre fan’s wet dream. The bad news is that del Toro has finished one film in the last decade. I’m mostly exaggerating, but that’s the sort of cynicism that we’re left with when a director repeatedly leaves projects and never seems to get anything done. No matter how good the bits and pieces of production news look, there’s always the lingering suspicion that it will never see the light of day anyway.

But, the plot summary for Pacific Rim is awesome sauce:

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed-up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

To me, this echoes a half dozen half-remembered dubbed cartoons that I watched before dawn as a kid. This has everything insanely cool about Robotech and its ilk, yet rolled up with an enemy that sounds like Cthulu.

Do you need more? It stars Charlie Day, Idris Elba, and Ron Perlman. In what universe would you imagine the three of them in the same film?

I have no idea how this film actually got greenlit with an approved budget as it sounds like something that will appeal to about one percent of the population. But so help me, del Toro better not back out of this film too, because once you promise me Stringer Bell and Charlie piloting mechs against the great old ones, I expect results.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.