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Zorak
Nov 7, 2005




Pacific Rim is an upcoming film by Legendary Pictures, directed by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth).

The story is that swarms of giant monsters (called Kaiju, the classic Japanese term) have started rising from deep in the ocean, reaking havoc across the globe resulting in the death of millions of lives. To combat the Kaiju, humanity develops a new kind of weapon: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even as the Jaegers prove nearly defenseless in the face of the onslaught, mankind is forced to turn to a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam), and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) to pilot an obsolete Jaeger and turn the tide.

Basically, the film is Guillermo del Toro's big homage to Japanese Kaiju films, Japanese mecha anime/tokusatsu shows, and general science fiction mecha nerdery. The AI of the mecha is voiced by Ellen McLain, the voice of the Portal game series' GlaDOS, complete with the same voice filter. I think this is the first Hollywood film in some time that has an Asian (co)protagonist that wasn't a kung-fu film? The budget is pretty sizable ($200 mil), the action / special effects look good thus far, and it is confirmed that there will be rocket punches.

Here's the trailer that just dropped:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vKz7WnU83E&hd=1

It's set to release July 12, 2013.

As the animod, I personally am pretty excited. More as it develops.

Zorak fucked around with this message at Dec 13, 2012 around 08:39

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Zzulu
May 15, 2009

Revengeful corpse out to kill Smell the stench, your guts will spill
Vomit for a mind, maggots for a cock With his axe the corpse will chop


I haven't really seen a movie like this before, apart from low budget stuff, so I'm really looking forward to this

AllisonByProxy
Feb 24, 2006

I don't want to do things. I want to not do to things. Like you taught me.

Saw the trailer for this today and boy does it look insane. Really weird that it just straight up has GladOS in it though.

Red Pyramid
Apr 29, 2008


This is one of the movies Del Toro was born to make. The monsters and robots look fantastic so far - there's a lot of Mignola influence in there - and the scale feels massive. Thank god someone with some vision is tackling this crazy beast and not a bland fuckwad like Micheal Bay.

Some details from the panel at Comic-Con:

screenrant.com posted:

Del Toro confirmed that some 40 different Kaiju (giant monsters) were designed for the film, with the best half dozen or so making it into the movie. Similarly, there are some 9 different models of Jaegers that make an appearance at some point.

Most of del Toro’s film feature CGI and digital effects, but are treated the same “as any other element in the film.” Often times, del Toro adds touches to the cinematography – scratching the camera lens, splashing oil on the camera – to make things seem more real and convincing. Also, he insisted on “no f***ing motion-capture” was used, as del Toro didn’t want the robots to move like humans (he called it a “f*** that s**t situation”).

One fan asked what’d happen if only one pilot controlled the Jaeger. Del Toro announced that will indeed be an issue explored in the movie.

Pacific Rim will have flying monsters, sea monsters, and monsters “up the wazoo,” but all the creatures were designed specifically for the film (so no classic types, a la the Leviathan).

Del Toro was keen to emphasize that just about anything you can possibly imagine in a movie about giant robots and monsters will be there in Pacific Rim, along with certain set pieces that’ve never been put onscreen before.

Hell. Yeah.

Zorak
Nov 7, 2005


Another one of the inspirations for the film was Goya's The Colossus.



It's not hard to see the correlation, really. The sense of scale and size is definitely there.

Has del Toro said specifically what films / works specifically inspired him to pay them homage with the film? I haven't seen anything yet.

e: Also why does every trailer feel the need to have the BAWOOOO sound effect now.

A human heart
Oct 10, 2012


I dig the neat dehumanisation thing they have going on with the robots. Like in the voiceover they talk about making monsters of their own, there's a kind of paradox at work here, where a humanoid machine is less 'human' than something like a tank or a plane because it engages with the monsters on their own level, through direct physical force. It seems like to effectively fight monsters they have to dehumanize themselves(perhaps because mere humans can't effectively comprehend the monsters ala cloverfield).

Red Pyramid
Apr 29, 2008


Zorak posted:

Has del Toro said specifically what films / works specifically inspired him to pay them homage with the film? I haven't seen anything yet.

I haven't seen any specific inspirations mentioned, although Evangelion seems pretty obvious. And Mignola, creator of the Hellboy and BPRD comics, is all over the monster and robot design. Del Toro's a giant fanboy - Mimic was an attempt to ape his graphic style onscreen - and the idea of giant otherworldly monsters sent to destroy earth, and the somewhat blocky, retro look of the Jaegers, is straight Mignola.

Kung Food
Dec 11, 2006

PORN WIZARD

The monsters in the trailer gave me a kind of Cloverfield vibe. I remember reading an interview with the creators behind Cloverfield that said the monster was basically a baby who was frightened and panicking. Could be a fun little tie-in if this movie existed in the same universe and these are what the adult Cloverfield monsters grow up to be.

echoplex
Mar 5, 2008

Stainless Style


Zorak posted:

Another one of the inspirations for the film was Goya's The Colossus.



It's not hard to see the correlation, really. The sense of scale and size is definitely there.

This makes me happy.

Revener
Aug 25, 2007

by angerbeet


Oh hey it's that movie I've been waiting for since I was 13.

qntm
Jun 17, 2009


Red Pyramid posted:

del Toro didn’t want the robots to move like humans

...even though in the movie the robots' movements are being directly motion-captured from real humans?

Android Bicyclist
Apr 28, 2009

Leave no chalupa behind...
Yes, I shoot just like this.


Revener posted:

Oh hey it's that movie I've been waiting for since I was 13.

Same here, though it's just 22 years late for me.

Pretty pumped at Del Toro's hand in this, especially since he's got crazy attention to detail. I mean, look at this:

(Click for bigger)
See that on the left? That's some old-school cheesecake bomber nose art.

Trump
Jul 16, 2003

Cute

qntm posted:

...even though in the movie the robots' movements are being directly motion-captured from real humans?

They are still keyframe animated instead instead of mocapped.

Mechathief
Apr 21, 2008

Our organization offers ample room for advancement and recognizes employees for outstanding performance and loyalty.


Android Bicyclist posted:

Same here, though it's just 22 years late for me.

Pretty pumped at Del Toro's hand in this, especially since he's got crazy attention to detail. I mean, look at this:

(Click for bigger)
See that on the left? That's some old-school cheesecake bomber nose art.

Here's a higher resolution still I grabbed from the 1080p trailer:



I wanted a wallpaper. I've been keeping tabs on this film since it was first announced, so I'm obviously excited now that the trailer is finally out. Wished I could have seen that comic-con footage, though.

evilspacehopper
Oct 10, 2012


screenrant.com posted:

Del Toro was keen to emphasize that just about anything you can possibly imagine in a movie about giant robots and monsters will be there in Pacific Rim, along with certain set pieces that’ve never been put onscreen before.
That's gonna be a hard promise to keep, years of anime has raised that bar pretty high. Though I'd truly love it if he could deliver that.

Zohn
Jul 21, 2006

Trust me, pinko, you ain't half he-man enough for Mickey Spillane's Rye Whisky.

This movie looks like Evangelion and Big-O and Robot Jox all wrapped up into one ridiculous popcorn movie, which sounds pretty awesome to me.

IanTheM
May 22, 2007
He came from across the Atlantic. . .

Every Del Toro film may have/be about monters, but he's such a great director outside of just the high concept fantasy elements that all his films tend to be great on a character level. Obviously Pan's Labyrinth is amazing, but even Hellboy is really solid and had great characterization so I have 100% faith in him.

Captain Invictus
Apr 5, 2005

It costs you four hundred thousand dollars to change this avatar...for twelve seconds.

Yeah, super stoked for this movie.

Wasn't Del Toro the guy rumored to be making a Metroid movie a while back? The visor on the "main" Jaeger(great catch-all name for the robots) reminds me a bit of it for some reason. Probably the tint and little hexagonal patterns in it.

Tuxedo Catfish
Mar 17, 2007

You've got guts! Come to my village, I'll buy you lunch.


I'm actually a tiny bit disappointed that this doesn't look more like the "Guillermo del Toro's Evangelion" I originally heard it described as, with the emphasis on human insecurity and neurosis vs. standing strong and unified against an external threat.

On the other hand, it still looks awesome, and trailers can be misleading.

Comstar
Apr 20, 2007

But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Princess Celestia


Cave Johnson would be proud.


"Are you ok?"

"I'm still alive".

Trump
Jul 16, 2003

Cute

Tuxedo Catfish posted:

I'm actually a tiny bit disappointed that this doesn't look more like the "Guillermo del Toro's Evangelion" I originally heard it described as, with the emphasis on human insecurity and neurosis vs. standing strong and unified against an external threat.

This doesn't reveal one inch of the plot or its themes. This is solely designed to put the movie into the movie going publics conscience and hopefully blowing their mind while doing it.

It's a teaser full of money shots.

Sense and Motion
Jan 9, 2011

Laughter, I said, is madness.

Tuxedo Catfish posted:

I'm actually a tiny bit disappointed that this doesn't look more like the "Guillermo del Toro's Evangelion" I originally heard it described as, with the emphasis on human insecurity and neurosis vs. standing strong and unified against an external threat.

On the other hand, it still looks awesome, and trailers can be misleading.

This, but, then again, it's an action trailer so... who knows? Also, I'm still seeing too much Gigantor and not enough Eva in the robot design.

Mushball
May 23, 2012


I first heard about this movie from my brother, he said it was going to be just like a live action mecha anime. Based off a glance from a early photo of the movie, I thought the ex-pilot was going to be played by Bruce Willis and its going to be just like Evangelion but subsitute Shinji for Korbin Dallas from the fifth element. I realize now that looking at the photo, the ex-pilot guy has hair so it can't be Bruce but this movie might be cool to see when it comes out.

hopterque
Mar 9, 2007

IM NOT A HORSES ASS.... IM A HORSES VAGINA!


I've been hearing a lot of stuff about how this is clearly Evangelion The Movie!!!!! but it reminds me a lot more of Big O, at least the way the robots and monsters move and the fights seem to be playing out. Big Slow Earthshattering punches and stuff like that.


Which is great because Big O is the best thing.

robot roll call
Mar 7, 2006

dance dance dance dance dance to the radio


The robot/creature designs look great. I was worried the mechs would be a jumbled mass of metal spikes like Transformers and the monsters would be Cloverfield-esque nondescript beige blobs. It's exciting to see this concept done with a great director and an actual budget.

Fish Fry Andy
Aug 4, 2010



The trailer looks alright. I like the mech designs a lot more than I thought I would after the main Jaeger was first revealed, but at the same time all of the shots of them actually piloting it struck me as being goofy as hell. It looks like they're in some kind of ridiculous exercise machine.

Gonz
Dec 22, 2009

Jesus, did I say that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me?


Giggily posted:

It looks like they're in some kind of ridiculous exercise machine.

Saving the Earth is a huge workout.

Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

Proudly representing vanilla Legends since 1994


Zorak posted:

I think this is the first Hollywood film in some time that has an Asian (co)protagonist that wasn't a kung-fu film?

It's still a Hollywood entry into an Eastern movie genre. I wouldn't say having an Asian costar was anything to be surprised about.

Young Freud
Nov 25, 2006



Mushball posted:

I first heard about this movie from my brother, he said it was going to be just like a live action mecha anime. Based off a glance from a early photo of the movie, I thought the ex-pilot was going to be played by Bruce Willis and its going to be just like Evangelion but subsitute Shinji for Korbin Dallas from the fifth element. I realize now that looking at the photo, the ex-pilot guy has hair so it can't be Bruce but this movie might be cool to see when it comes out.

If it's an consolation, the ex-pilot guy is played by the President of SAMCRO on "Sons of Anarchy".

Or the doofus rebel who keeps getting door checked by Clive Owen in Children of Men.

Zzulu
May 15, 2009

Revengeful corpse out to kill Smell the stench, your guts will spill
Vomit for a mind, maggots for a cock With his axe the corpse will chop


I like that they called them "Jaeger" instead of just "Hunter". German words on machinery always fits

Also I hope at least at one point we get to see the Jaegers fire a mecha-sized gun at a monster

Gonz
Dec 22, 2009

Jesus, did I say that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me?


Ape Has Killed Ape
Sep 15, 2005

Flight is a scientific impossibility.


Guillermo del Toro is a fantastic director, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what he does with giant monsters and robots.

ImpAtom
May 24, 2007

Watch that tongue... sticky!


I am not sure this movie could be a movie I wanted more if it was directly marketed to me. Holy gently caress.

Agamembar
Jan 21, 2005

A USS Enterprise appears.
USS Enterprise uses 'Phaser Barrage'.
Its super effective.

Zzulu posted:

I like that they called them "Jaeger" instead of just "Hunter". German words on machinery always fits

Also I hope at least at one point we get to see the Jaegers fire a mecha-sized gun at a monster

I saw a sizzle reel(maybe right term?) for the effects company or a company invoked with the film and it showed one of them firing missiles out its forearm so a mecha sized machine gun seems likely unless its built into the arm instead.

although if they also have weaponry built to size like the armored core series that would be totally bad rear end.

Agamembar fucked around with this message at Dec 13, 2012 around 13:31

Tuxedo Catfish
Mar 17, 2007

You've got guts! Come to my village, I'll buy you lunch.


Giggily posted:

The trailer looks alright. I like the mech designs a lot more than I thought I would after the main Jaeger was first revealed, but at the same time all of the shots of them actually piloting it struck me as being goofy as hell. It looks like they're in some kind of ridiculous exercise machine.

This is totally in keeping with the source genre.

Mercrom
Jul 17, 2009


Guillermo del Toro and Idriss Elba. I never thought I could be this excited for what's basically a giant robot anime. Rocket punch.

Soul Glo
Aug 27, 2003

Just let it shine through


I guess I'll be the sperg who hates the GLaDOS voice inclusion. I'm looking forward to the movie, and the trailer was awesome, but there's no way that I won't immediately think of Portal when hearing the robot AI talk. I'm not even a huge fan of the games, but just having played them means I'll be distracted every time that voice is featured, which hopefully isn't throughout the whole movie.

I understand it was supposed to be an homage to something Del Toro loves, but c'mon. It's like putting C3PO's voice in the new Transformers because Michael Bay loves Star Wars.

ImpAtom
May 24, 2007

Watch that tongue... sticky!


Soul Glo posted:

I guess I'll be the sperg who hates the GLaDOS voice inclusion. I'm looking forward to the movie, and the trailer was awesome, but there's no way that I won't immediately think of Portal when hearing the robot AI talk. I'm not even a huge fan of the games, but just having played them means I'll be distracted every time that voice is featured, which hopefully isn't throughout the whole movie.

I understand it was supposed to be an homage to something Del Toro loves, but c'mon. It's like putting C3PO's voice in the new Transformers because Michael Bay loves Star Wars.

Sadly this too is true to the source genre.

Gonz
Dec 22, 2009

Jesus, did I say that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me?


What if there's a reason why the AI is GladOS? What if Aperture Labs helped develop the Jaegers?

Combustible lemons, man. Combustible lemons.

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Griff Lee
Sep 4, 2011

"Mega Lolz"


I don't think this movie could look any better. Holy poo poo. Just wow.

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