Just as Star Wars was George Lucas’ homage to the movie serials of the 1930s and 40s, Pacific Rim is Guillermo del Toro’s homage to the Japanese monster movies from the 1970s. Those movies are close to my heart as I spent much of my youth watching them when there was very little else to do growing up in a small isolated town in Iowa.
Sadly it appears the plot for Pacific Rim is pretty thin. Giant monsters (Kaiju) crawl out of the ocean and start destroying humanity. Humans respond by building giant human controlled robots (Jaegers) to fight back. That’s it. Okay, I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but on the surface that’s pretty much what this movie is all about. Giant creatures of metal and flesh destroying each other and everything around them.
What could be better than that for a summer flick? Just like the movies from the 1970s!
To overcome such a simplistic plot Pacific Rim really needs to excel in the action, concept and execution phase. Love it or hate it this is the formula that made Avatar such a huge success, while causing movies like Battleship sink like a lead turd (pun intended). In addition the movie cannot take itself too seriously or it is doomed. It needs to be a mindless, fun, summertime popcorn flick dripping with hot butter…and Milk Duds!
In order to inject some geek cred in to the flick del Toro is using the same actress who voiced GLaDOS in the Portal game series to voice the artificial intelligence in Pacific Rim. That actress is Ellen McLain, and not only has her voice been altered to mimic GLaDOS, reportedly it’s been modified to sound exactly as it did in Portal. You can hear her voice over in the clip below.
Below is the synopsis from the official site:
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.
Pacific Rim is slated for release on July 12, 2013.