This is an interesting look at what the actors had to go through and what methods Guillermo del Toro used to bring the world of Jaeger’s battling mammoth monsters to the big screen. Toro pitches Pacific Rim as:
“The action in the movie is what you would have dreamt to see when you were eleven years old.”
It’s Rock’um Sock’um Robots on a giant scale with Godzilla like monsters thrown in. I’m all about that. Take a look at the featurette below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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.
Pacific Rim hits theater screens on July 12th and stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman.
Live from Hall H, our Dev Richards will be live blogging all of San Diego Comic-Con’s biggest panels including Django Unchained, Man of Steel, The Hobbit, Pacific Rim, and Iron Man 3. Below is the blow by blow of what is going on at the Pacific Rim panel.
(2:34) Chris Hardwick is moderating. They have brought in more screens for the back to back to back Warner Bros. panels. First up is Pacific Rim.
(2:40) del Toro takes the stage and says that he is shitting his pants right now. Thanks fans for waiting in line and says that filming ended 12 weeks ago.
(2:43) del Toro says that after the Con PR will go quiet on the film until the end of the year.
(2:43) Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, and Ron Pearlman have arrived.
(2:45) Pearlman says that SDCC hasn’t lost it’s charm.
(2:48) del Toro says it is time to show some stuff. There are a pair of immense robots on the massive screens. They are called Yagers. That may not be how to spell that particular word.
(2:49) Each robot, or Yager, is controlled by one human. There is one robot per hemisphere.
(2:50) The trailer re-defines the term epic. Massive robots fighting massive monsters in a futuristic society. Hardwick asks del Toro how he did that, “That’s just the tip” he says.
(2:52) My editor texts me that we should have invested in the Torchwood style contact lenses so he can see. 3 minutes later del Toro says “all you James bond motherfuckers with cameras in your glasses, shut them off. This is just for you!” del Toro is a psychic!
(2:54) The opening shot of the trailer is a silent shot of two explorers in the snow. Large vibrations and the beeping of a metal detector begin. Then enters a huge fucking robot.
(2:56) Audience questions begin. Asked if we will be seeing giant, iconic robot weapons like drills and rocket launchers, Del Toro says there will be rocket launchers. Other epic weapons will be involved as well. He says expect an obscene amount of robot porn weaponry. I believe he means that figuratively.
(2:58) Asked how many different robots there are, how they’re different from the cliched robot fights in the past, Del Toro says there will be robot punches
(3:00) Charlie Hunnam says it was fantastic to work with del Toro. He took the part before there was even a script. He says del Toro works you hard, but he works even harder than he asks you too.
(3:04) 2 men are controlling hemispheres of the robot brain. “What happens if there is only one?” del Toro says the answer to that is in the film.
(3:05) del Toro says “No fucking motion capture” and “you treat the resources with respect. You don’t use CGI to save work, you use it as a tool to make it better.” Lots of the scenes are done organically, with onset effects.
(3:07) A small boy asked if there will sea monsters. Del toro says “sea monsters? You got it. 3. All kinds of monsters.” He says he designed the monsters from the inside out.
(3:10) Pacific Rim panel ends and then we see an SDCC exclusive trailer for Godzilla… which is apt.
I’ll be honest, I hadn’t much faith in this movie when it was first announced; the trailers didn’t particularly excite me either. Prior to viewing, I was decidedly against favoring this reboot because I hold such a high regard to the original 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger version. Arnie’s Conan offered more than gratuitous nudity, tons of violence and oiled musclemen, it was a philosophical epic. It’s a film of great resonance and subtlety. This NEW Conan, directed by Marcus Nispel, does not even come close to matching the grandeur and significance of the original, but I don’t think it was ever meant to. What we have here is an alternative Conan. One that stands on it’s own context and one that is arguably truer to the original Robert E. Howard novels. Much to my surprise, it’s a pulpy piece of action/adventure goodness.
The story is this; as Morgan Freeman tells us: Conan is a young Cimmerian man cast adrift in the world by the brutal murder of his father and the destruction of his village. Driven by the need to avenge himself upon the evil Khalar Zym, Conan learns to steal, seduce, and fight his way to his goals. He soon discovers, however, that there are greater things at stake than his own personal quest: an unearthly malevolence stalks the world, and it may be up to Conan himself to save Hyboria from ruin.
I’ve had a man crush on Jason Momoa since I first saw him as the horse ridin’ Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Admittedly, my penis instantly inverts into a mangina when I see this man, who IMO is the embodiment of bad-assery. That latter assertion is certainly evident here. He’s lean, mean and he’s no Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Momoa IS Conan the Barbarian. Rough, tough, gruff (goddamn I love rhyming) calculating and cool. Momoa embodies the barbarian and swashbuckling aspects of the character. A worthy successor to the Cimmerian’s throne.
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