Super Size: Banner for Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 06:39 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Super Size: Banner for Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

A new banner for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim has risen from a dimensional rift deep in the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

And now, for your enjoyment, it's devastating Sydney, Australia and only Striker Eureka can save the day.  While causing lots of additional damage, of course.

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are throwing a little lighter fluid on the hype-fire in anticipation of Pacific Rim's July 12th release date.  You'll note that July 12th is right smack dab in the middle of the summer blockbuster season, when size and spectacle are absolutely everything to an audience always eager for something bigger.

The WonderCon trailer that del Toro released into the online wilds this Monday certainly promises an event movie on a truly massive scale, as robotic Jaegers for head-to-head with monstrous, Godzilla-style beasts called Kaiju in a variety of environs, including underwater and in metropolitan areas.  That trailer effectively sells the scale of Pacific Rim, as does the banner below, but the trailer also showed that this movie could be just the right kind of goofy for a story about giant monsters and robots engaged in hand-to-hand combat.  A Jaeger wielding an oil tanker like a baseball bat?  That just the right kind of ridiculous.

In the world of the film, each nation with the resources builds its own Jaeger, and below we see Australia's defender, known as Striker Eureka, because if you're constructing a giant robot to save the world, you damn well better give it a cool name.  While we like the tagline on the banner just fine, "Go big or go extinct" just has a better ring to it.

Once again, a piece of Pacific Rim marketing conveys the sense of scale and detail in the onscreen devastation.  Well done.

Also, the Kaiju have been glimpsed far less often than their mechanical counterparts, so this a fairly rare good look at one of the lumbering beasts.  It looks very much like a del Toro monster.  And that's a good thing, since the director has vowed to never make a movie that doesn't include at least one monster, and he's the best there is at creating compelling creatures.

Just last week, America's Jaeger, known as Gypsy Danger, adorned a new Pacific Rim one sheet, which you can see by clicking here.

Anywho, 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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