If you don’t know anything about Guillermo Del Toro‘s upcoming film Pacific Rim, then consider this article your crash course. If you’re already initiated, even excited, we’ve got some big robot pictures and video teasers to get your nerd rage meter up to the red.
Del Toro’s Pacific Rim is a disaster/monster movie with an all-star cast including Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., and Sons of Anarchy stars Charlie Hunnam and Ron Perlman. In heavy-handed Japanese homage, Pacific Rim borrows liberally from monster movies like Godzilla and Japanese anime like Robotech or Gundam.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“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.”
You get the idea. Below are some giant robot blueprints and other development/concept images from Pacific Rim to give you an idea of what the Jaegers are all about. Below that, some early viral marketing videos to give you an idea of what the Kaiju are all about.