“The action in the movie is what you would have dreamt to see when you were eleven years old.” That’s Guillermo del Toro’s sales pitch in the opening of a new featurette for Pacific Rim. It’s important to note that Del Toro has about $200 million from Warner Bros. to make those dreams come true. The story follows the pilots who control giant robots (called Jaegers) to fight off giant sea monsters. This featurette takes you inside the head of the Jaeger where the pilots strap in to go into battle. Del Toro wanted to achieve as much as possible with practical effects—he compares the resulting four-story set as both a “little amusement park simulator” and a “torture machine” for the actors.
Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman star. Pacific Rim opens July 12. Watch the featurette after the jump.
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.