Kaiju? Jaegers? A year ago many of us had no idea that these words would turn out to be our most anticipated film adversaries of 2013. Pacific Rim has all the trimmings to be one of the greatest geek out movies of all time, balancing our love of all the classic Kaiju films of Japan with good old fashioned American sci-fi action (from a Mexican director no less). It’s an all new kind of war movie. “Today we are canceling the apocalypse!” We just can’t see this movie soon enough. And is that GLADoS as the computer voice on the Jaeger Gypsy Danger? (UPDATE: Yep.)
(Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures)
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.
In 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX on July 12
NOTE: Nerdist Industries is owned by Legendary Pictures but remains editorially independent. Plus, it’s a Guillermo del Toro blockbuster. Come on. We’d be all over it no matter what.