- Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., Burn Gorman, Robert Maillet, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Timothy Gibbs, Diego Klattenhoff, Heather Doerksen, Larry Joe Campbell, Robert Kazinsky, Brad William Henke, Ellen McLain, Robin Thomas, David Richmond-Peck, Jake Goodman, Joe Pingue, Milton Barnes, Robert Morse, Justin Major, Mana Ashida, Sunil Narkar, Jane Watson, Duncan McLeod, Mark Baldesarra, Joe Vercillo, Farzad Sadrian, Tyler Stevenson, Derek Herd, Phi Huynh, Clive Walton, William S. Wong, Don Shirey , An Hai Dang, Cindy Sit, Paul Michael Wyers
- Director: Guillermo del Toro
- Writers: Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro
- Producers: Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull
- Co Producer: Jillian Share Zaks
- Executive Producer: Callum Greene
- Art Directions: Elinor Rose Galbraith, Richard L. Johnson
- Castings: Robin D. Cook, Margery Simkin
- Costume Design: Kate Hawley
- D.O.P.: Guillermo Navarro
- Editors: Peter Amundson, John Gilroy
- Makeup: Jordan Samuel
- Music: Ramin Djawadi
- Production Designs: Andrew Neskoromny, Carol Spier
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' sci-fi action adventure "Pacific Rim." 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 and an untested trainee 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Toronto, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language
- Production Budget: $180 million
- Production Companies: Legendary Pictures
- Production Schedule: 14 November 2011 - March 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "One of the most common genres of storytelling in Japanese anime involves human-controlled giant robots (mechas) battling other giant beings - be it fellow robots, monsters, aliens or angels. Aside from the "Transformers" films, it's an idea that hasn't been widely or explicitly explored in western movies, but it is one rich with potential. An anime like "Neon Genesis Evangelion" not only included large scale action, but was almost impenetrably dense with religious symbolism, philosophical pondering and psychological conflicts.
"Pan's Labyrinth" and "Hellboy" director Guillermo del Toro makes an attempt at it with this $200 million live-action film where soldiers pilot giant robots (Jaegers) in a battle against invading giant monsters (Kaiju) who have mysteriously risen from a trench in the Pacific Ocean. On the verge of defeat and making a last stand, a former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) must team to drive a legendary, but obsolete Jaeger from the early trials that could be humanity's last hope.
Travis Beacham ("Clash of the Titans," "Killing on Carnival Row") penned the script and del Toro was originally only going to produce. When his long-term dream project - a live-action adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" - fell apart in 2011, he jumped onboard this as director. The project sports a great cast of talented actors rather than big name stars, including Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy"), Idris Elba ("Luther"), Rinko Kikuchi ("Babel"), Charlie Day ("Horrible Bosses") and his regular cohort Ron Perlman. He even scored Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS in the "Portal" games, to play the Jaeger AI.
Shot on Red Epic cameras in Toronto, the film could serve as a potential franchise launcher should the public embrace it. Those who have read the script have raved about it, saying it has far more depth and quality on offer than you would think a giant robot movie could sport. Del Toro has also hired some excellent talents in key roles such as "Game of Thrones" and "Iron Man" composer Ramin Djawadi, and many of the key visual effects people behind the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, "Real Steel" and the "Star Trek" reboot.
The trailers are visually stunning. To showcase the sheer scale of these creatures, the camera work never displays these monsters completely in one-shot. The environments of the battles are distinct from each other and include real world environmental factors. More importantly, those doing the effects seem to understand something that so many blockbusters seem to forget - the laws of physics. These creatures and fights have mass, momentum, inertia and proper scale. Making sure these are conveyed properly is as important, if not more so, than how elaborate the creature design is. Hopefully this will be one of the Summer's real highlights."