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So how exactly does the two-pilot system of Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” work? Well, glad you asked, because this new featurette for the film explains it all. It sure sounds like a lot of work went into designing the Jaegars. And here I thought they just decided, “Hey, you know what would be cool? Giant friggin’ robots fighting giant monsters!” And then someone would say, “Yeah, but how would these giant robots work?” Then someone would answer, “Who cares! Giant friggin robots fighting giant monsters, man!”
Turns out, they actually thought it through. Go figure.
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.
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., Heather Doerksen, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, and Max Martini.
Drifting this July 12, 2013.
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