A little over a month ago saw the release of the first full plot details for Guillermo del Toro's next movie, Pacific Rim, and while we can totally see why the man who made Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth is attracted to it, it sounds like a welcome departure from the R-rated fantasy flavors the director is known for. A refresher:
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.
So, basically, it's giant robots versus giant monsters. You're on board, right?
Well today Shock Till You Drop offered up an early look at the "washed up former pilot" and the "untested trainee," Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi, respectively. And we've got to say, we're loving what we're seeing. Sure, those padded and plastic suits don't look revolutionary, but they do look like they belong in the world around them; unlike, say, the power suits in G.I. Joe.
We're sure Pacific Rim will be unloading plenty more images, and hopefully a trailer, at Comic-Con, so don't expect this to be the last time you see the film in the news.
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