Warner Bros. has released the WonderCon footage of Pacific Rim (July 12) and it’s the most exciting and extensive glimpse yet of Guillermo del Toro’s summer tentpole and VFX Oscar contender.
At first glance, it’s Transformers meets Godzilla in the mother of all CG monster movies. But ILM takes hard surface rendering and robotic performance to a whole new level of precision and complexity, while the aliens out alien any previous reptilian/dino creatures. No wonder del Toro told me that he’s learned so much from his DreamWorks stint about directing animated performance.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the sea, a war begins that takes millions of lives and consumes humanity’s resources for years. 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. However, they’re forced 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.