Those giant robots, known as Jaegers, are humanity's response to the incursion of massive interdimensional monsters called Kaiju, which rise up from the Pacific Ocean and immediately start demolishing population centers. Each Jaeger is piloted by a pair of humans connected by an elaborate neural link, since their complexity would overload just one person. With the humankind against the ropes, it comes down to a washed up pilot and an untested rookie to cancel the apocalypse in an old, disused Jaeger.
This CES trailer hits all the same beats as the first theatrical trailer, which debuted last month. Once again, Charlie Hunnam lays out the basic idea in voiceover, there's some sweet metal on monster action, Idris Elba gives his big speech, and it caps off with a Jaeger being tossed like a rag doll and causing lots of collateral damage.
The biggest change is early on, as we're treated to a whole lot more footage of the Jaeger operation, selling the scale and complexity that the robots require. That means lots of cool visual effects and shots of all the hardware that pilots have to deal with. It's all cool, with lots of huge clockwork machinery clicking together.
Hunnam, familiar to fans of Sons of Anarchy and Undeclared, stars alongside The Wire, Thor, and Prometheus ringer Elba, along with Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day, best known for The Brothers Bloom and It's Always Funny in Philadelphia. Other players include Clifton Collins Jr., Diego Klattenhoff, and Burn Gorman. Since it's a del Toro movie, Ron Perlman also appears.
Pacific Rim brings the thunder to theaters on July 13th, but this is as good a time as any for an update on del Toro's dream project, At the Mountains of Madness.
Del Toro was developing the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation at Universal with Tom Cruise attached, but the large budget and his refusal to concede to a possible PG-13 rating contributed to the studio opting not to go ahead. The ever-enthusiastic del Toro said that At the Mountains of Madness was not dead, even as he moved on to Pacific Rim, eager to actually get a damn movie made.
"I'm going to try it one more time," del Toro reports to The Playlist. "Once more into the dark abyss. We're gonna do a big presentation of the project again at the start of the year and see if any [studio's] interested ... Tom is still attached. I think it would be so fantastic to make it with him. He's been such a great ally of the project."
Early last summer, del Toro worried that certain story elements in Ridley Scott's Prometheus would result in At the Mountains of Madness appearing derivative, but he's abandoned that concern, saying, "I saw [Prometheus] finally. Yes, there are things in common, but, you know, screw it. Lovecraft was there first."