Pacific Rim Trailer Features Rocket Punches and Giant Monsters

Posted by Ben Huber on Dec 14, 2012 in Cinema |


I like giant robots. Do you like giant robots? I also happen to like giant monsters… Fighting giant robots. It’s silly, it’s fun, and ridiculously cool. So that’s why I’m so excited for Guillermo Del Toro’s latest, Pacific Rim. It combines all the trappings of Japanese giant robot anime with the giant monsters of Godzilla – and it looks to be succeeding. The robots (called Jaegers) are built by various countries around the world to combat the Kaiju, huge, evil monsters that are crawling out of a portal at the bottom of the ocean. So, of course, we have two pilots who have to team up and work together to combat the alien menance. With rocket punches. Oh yes.

I love the weight that all the mechs have – they’re not floaty, backflipping masses of random metal parts like a certain Michael Bay film that also featured robots. It also doesn’t have bizarre racist stereotypes either. I mean, the Chinese Jaeger has three arms. You tell me the last time you saw a Chinese dude with three arms. That’s what I thought. Another thing I’m sure everyone out there will pick up on is that Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS in Portal, is also doing the same voice for the A.I. in this film. It seems Guillermo is a fan of Valve’s work and asked if he could use the same effect in his movie – so that’s pretty neat too!

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