New Trailer for PACIFIC RIM Underscores Destruction with Idris Elba Speech “At the Edge of Our Hope”

     June 24, 2013

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Warner Bros. has released a new Pacific Rim trailer with the heading “At the Edge,” taken from the Idris Elba speech that structures the clip: “At the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other.  Today there’s not a man or woman in here that shall stand alone.  Today we face the monsters that are at our door.  Today we are cancelling the apocalypse!”  You know the rest: the music swells, the people unite, and giant robots battle giant sea monsters to cancel that apocalypse.

Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman star alongside Elba.  Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim opens July 12.  Watch the trailer after the break.

If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out his video blog recap and 20 things to know, plus interviews with Guillermo del ToroCharlie DayRon Perlman, and executive producer Callum Greene.  Also see the 57 high resolution images we posted earlier today.

The phrase “neural handshake” is said three times here.  I am really curious how much time will be spent on exposition to explain the operation of the “Jaegers,” not to mention background on the monster invasion.  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.

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