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Director Guillermo del Toro has a message for all you Japanese folks out there in Japan Land — this new “Pacific Rim” trailer is just for you, and to prove that point, there are additional scenes of actress Mana Ashida, who plays the young Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi’s character) in the film. And, um, that’s pretty much it.
Of course it helps that “Pacific Rim” looks awfully cool. I could do without the voiceover, and I’m still not buying Charlie Hunnam as the hero, but whatever, all the giant robots punching giant monsters sequences should cure all that. At the end of the day, I don’t suppose this film will win any awards, but it should win plenty of fans, though.
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.
“Pacific Rim” also stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., Max Martini, Robert Maillet, Burn Gorman, Heather Doerksen, and Larry Joe Campbell.
Battling this July 12, 2013.
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