Cheer for the next Godzilla in del Toro’s mecha vs. monster flick, Pacific Rim

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It’s December, and that means holiday movie releases, which means we’re getting bombarded with movie trailers.  That includes a film focusing on the heir-apparent to the classic Japanese mega-monster, Godzilla.  At Comic-Con this year, Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures started some buzz for a new monster movie by Guillermo del Toro, simply titled Pacific Rim, with giveaways of an eye-catching exclusive teaser poster (the newly released poster is to the right):

Pacific Rim rare Comic-Con poster   Pacific Rim new poster

A fun mini-teaser was released last week, and it may peak your interest further:

With the release of The Hobbit, Warner Brothers released the full trailer for Pacific Rim.  Check out the first trailer:

What’s it got going for it?  It’s an intriguing title.  The trailer is excellent for the first minute.  The shadow images and roar of the creature look great–something like Cloverfield.  This longer-than-a-football-field-sized creature lying dead on the aircraft carrier.  Way cool.  Then something happens.  A challenge to the suspension of disbelief factor maybe?  I was hoping this would be another Godzilla vs. This New Guy movie.  Instead it appears to be a take on Transformers, albeit large-sized Transformers.  That said, the design, costumes, sets, and techno-gadgetry appear very state-of-the-art.  At a minimum, this looks like it will be a pretty good late night cable flick in a year or so.

Pacific Rim We're gonna need a bigger boat
They’re gonna need a bigger boat.

Maybe once you get into the feel for a movie where mankind can build unthinkably giant robots controlled by humans a la Avatar suits, maybe, just maybe, this will make for a decent action film.

Pacific Rim is scheduled for release in theaters July 12, 2013.

C.J. Bunce

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