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Pacific Rim: Great Giant Robot Movie, or Greatest Giant Robot Movie

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 29, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 29, 2012 |

Pacific Rim has gotten very little press, all things considered. Perhaps that’s because Guillermo del Toro hasn’t finished making a movie in almost twenty years, and we dare not hope just yet. Or maybe it’s because everything we hear about this movie implies that it will either be the best genre film of the last decade or it will be a $200 million SyFy Channel Saturday evening special. There is no chance this film ends up anywhere in between those two extremes.

Here’s a “viral” video of an emergency broadcast signal, which is only viral in the sense that the irritating tone burrows into your eardrums and won’t go away:

But here’s the real beauty, broken news footage reminiscent of Cloverfield reporting on a 300 foot tall monster destroying the Golden Gate Bridge and carving its way through San Francisco:

And yes, that is a single frame or two of an enormous creature strapped to the deck of a thousand foot long aircraft carrier.

But del Toro isn’t content with one monster. No. An entire race of enormous creatures is rising Cthulu style from the depths of the ocean declaring war on mankind. And would del Toro be content to have mankind win with fighters jets, nuclear weapons, and a macguffin on a Macbook? No sir, humanity fights back with 300 foot tall mechs.

And who might our intrepid heroes in this wet dream of every anime fanboy be? Why Charlie Day, Idris Elba, and Ron Perlman of course. And they are not going to be Tom, Dick, and Harry. They are going to be named Newt Gotlieb, General Stacker Pentecost, and Hannibal Chow. Here’s the General for your inspection:


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

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