July 12, 2013
- "Go Big or Go Extinct."
- —Poster Tagline
Pacific Rim is an American science fiction film directed by Guillermo del Toro based on a screenplay by Travis Beacham. The Legendary Pictures film is a homage to Japanese giant monster films, a genre known as Kaiju. Del Toro has said the film is "a beautiful poem to giant monsters". It was released on July 12th, 2013 in theaters.
- "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 mobile 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 most powerful and strongest 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 up to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse."
In the near future, colossal monsters identified as Kaiju have risen from an interdimensional rift in a crevice beneath the Pacific Ocean, resulting in a war that takes millions of lives and quickly consumes humanity's resources. To combat the monsters, a special type of weapon is designed. Massive mechs, known as Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two or three pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge; sharing the mental strain which would overwhelm a single pilot.
Raleigh and his brother Yancy Becket, are instructed to suit up to fight a Kaiju labeled Knifehead, a designated category III in danger and size. They wade out into the Pacific in their Jaeger, Gipsy Danger, with orders to kill the Kaiju and save the city. They are told to ignore the small fishing boat that is in the middle of the battle. Raleigh ignores the command, and attempts to save the ship. He and Yancy believe they are victorious after shooting Knifehead with the plasma cannon built into the right arm, and prepare to leave. Knifehead reappears and attacks as the Jaeger is turned, ripping off Gipsy Danger's left arm, and causing Raleigh permanent damage. Knifehead then attacks the head, ripping it open and killing Yancy. Raleigh pilots the Jaeger solo, killing Knifehead, but receiving severe damage to Gipsy Danger in the process. He limped the Jaeger ashore on the Alaskan coast, much to the amazement of a father and son who witness the event. Raliegh emerges from the broken hull of Gipsy Danger dazed and bloodied before falling to the ground unconscious while the father sends his son off to get medical help. Traumatized by the sudden loss of his brother while still mentally connected to him, Raleigh quits the Jaeger Program.
Five years later, Marshall Stacker Pentecost, who was in charge of the Jaeger Program, is informed by the UN that the program is being decommissioned. His crew, with all remaining Jaegers, will be shipped to Hong Kong's Shatterdome with eight months of funding. In the meantime, they will concentrate efforts to the building of the Kaiju Wall, a tall structure protecting the Pacific cities from the Kaiju. Stacker plans to follow through with the initial Jaeger objective, regardless of the lack of funding. He flies to the Kaiju Wall, where Raleigh has been working for the past five years. Raleigh and the other workers are watching the news, which shows the Wall failing and a Kaiju named Mutavore attacking Sydney, Australia, before it's stopped by the Jaeger Striker Eureka, piloted by Herc and Chuck Hansen. Chuck asserts that the reason the Jaeger program failed was because of weak pilots. Stacker asks Raleigh to re-join the program, but he declines. He and his brother were still connected when he died and he cannot stand the mental pain another time. Stacker asks where he would rather die: building the Wall, "or in a Jaeger," fighting Kaiju. Raliegh reluctantly returns to the Jaeger Program.
When they arrive in Hong Kong, they are greeted by Mako Mori, later revealed as Pentecost's adopted daughter. She shows Raleigh around the Shatterdome. They get into an elevator with two scientists, Newton Geiszler and Hermann Gottlieb, who comprise the entire research team for the base. The Jaegers stationed in the Shatterdome are all the remaining mechs; Crimson Typhoon, which features three arms and is piloted by the Wei triplets. The second is called Cherno Alpha, piloted by a pair of Russians, Sasha and Aleksis Kaidonovsky. Herc and Chuck Hansen pilot the only Mark-5, Striker Eureka. Mako then shows Raleigh to Gipsy Danger, who has been rebuilt with additional weapons for the final mission. She then shows him to his room, right across from hers.
She tells him that he will meet with the candidates for his partnership soon, and that she hopes to be a pilot one day. Her record is impressive, but she makes it clear that Stacker will not allow her to fight. She then goes to her room, but watches him from the door as he changes. In the mess hall, Raleigh is invited by Herc to sit with him and Chuck, but Chuck takes an instant dislike to Raleigh because he believes him to be weak, and fears that he will endanger their mission. Herc apologizes for his behavior, making it known that his son is a hothead and very impulsive.
Raleigh then goes to meet his partnership candidates, who he beats easily in hand to hand combat. After noticing Mako staring at him in displeasure, he asks her what is wrong. She tells him that he isn't fighting to the best of his ability. He challenges her to a fight and Stacker approves. He and Mako trade blows on much more equal terms, but Stacker refuses to let them fight together, though he won't state his reasons.
Stacker then goes to meet with the scientists. Gottleib tells him that, based on the data, they can expect a Double Event soon, and a triple soon afterward. Newton asserts that he believes he can connect with the Kaiju via Drift, the same as pilots in the Jaeger program do. Stacker dismisses him, telling him that it's impossible, and goes with Gottlieb's information instead.
Against his better judgement, Stacker appoints Mako as Raleigh's partner, and they do a test run in Gipsy Danger. Stacker is called away by a frightened Gottlieb, who tells him that Newton attempted the link anyway, and has collapsed in seizures on the floor. Stacker runs to check on him, and Newton tells him that the Kaiju are a hive-mind, meaning that they were all mentally linked and that their masters are colonizers. He explains that they go from world to world, utilizing the Kaiju to eradicate the current inhabitants. They came to Earth once before during the time of the Dinosaurs, but there was too much oxygen in the atmosphere and that the humans practically terraformed it for them. Stacker instructs Newton to do another link, with a fresh brain, which he can get from the black market dealer Hannibal Chau.
Meanwhile, after the link between Raleigh and Mako is established, Raleigh has a memory of his brother being taken from Gipsy Danger, causing the link to break. Since it is Mako's first run, she gets lost in the memories, living out one from her childhood, in which she wanders around Tokyo with the Kaiju, Onibaba, following her. She accidentally activates the plasma cannon while still in her memory, causing Herc and Tendo Choi, an engineer, to shut Gipsy Danger down. Stacker returns, deciding that it is far too dangerous for the two of them to work together, and talks with Herc and Chuck to determine the next steps.
Chuck and Raleigh fight when Chuck insults Mako, but are broken up by Herc, while Raleigh and Mako go in to talk to Stacker. Stacker tells Mako that she is too inexperienced, and won't be piloting again, and Mako leaves. Raleigh strikes out at Stacker, saying that he knows why he won't let Mako fight, since he's been in her memories. The kaiju that was hunting Mako was killed by the Jaeger that Stacker piloted, and he took her under his wing after that. Raleigh says that he is only hindering Mako, but Stacker says that he has made up his mind.
Tendo detects two Category IV Kaiju, Leatherback and Otachi. Striker Eureka, Crimson Typhoon and Cherno Alpha are deployed to fend off the Kaiju. Herc and Chuck are supposed to remain back by the island as a last resort to avoid being damaged, while the Wei Tang triplets and the Kaidonovskys attack the two Kaiju. The Kaiju swiftly destroy Crimson Typhoon, prompting Herc and Chuck to assist.
Striker Eureka arrives and joins the battle against Leatherback and Otachi, but not before the creatures overpower Cherno Alpha. Otachi then moved to attack Hong Kong. Leatherback triggers an EMP, disabling both Striker Eureka and the command center. Tendo says it will take two hours to get it all back online, so Stacker deploys Mako and Raleigh, as Gipsy Danger's nuclear core was unaffected by the EMP. They defeat Leatherback, saving the Hansens as well as Striker Eureka, though Herc breaks his arm after Leatherback lands a blow on the mech's head.
Meanwhile, Newton has been walking around Hong Kong, searching for Hannibal Chau. When he finds him, he is astounded to see that Chau has equipment and specimens that even the government doesn't have. Newton tells Chau that he wants to establish another link, and Chau tells him that it's dangerous because now the Kaiju know where Newton is and will want to kill him. He dismisses Newton as Otachi storms the city, and Newton heads to a public Kaiju bunker.
The bunker is attacked by Otachi, who breaks through the shelter's roof while searching. Gipsy Danger then attacks, and they fight through the city streets before Otachi flies up with Gipsy Danger in her clutches. Mako deploys Gipsy's sword, and they bisect Otachi before falling to the earth. Stacker reveals after they return that he is very ill, due to radiation poisoning from piloting the Mark-1 Coyote Tango. 
Newton goes back to Chau's store, and demands the brain from the dead Kaiju. Chau relents, and he and his team go to harvest the parts from the carcass. Chau's men say that the second brain of the Otachi is damaged, but they hear a heartbeat, and Newton realizes that Otachi was pregnant. While running, Newton slips as the infant asphyxiates itself with its umbilical cord, only to eat Chau before finally dying.
Stacker decides to put the final plan into motion early, knowing that they won't survive the triple attack Gottlieb predicted. The final plan is to go through the portal and destroy it with a high-yield nuclear bomb, so that the Kaiju can no longer get through. Gipsy Danger is supposed to run protection, giving enough time for Chuck and Herc to get through the portal to deploy the bomb. However, with Herc injured, and little time to find another pilot, Stacker decides to partner with Chuck, knowing that they could all die if he didn't.
Herc and Chuck say goodbye to each other, knowing that Chuck will most likely not return. Meanwhile, Newton has decided to link with the newborn brain, and Gottlieb joins him. They realize that the plan will not work, and return to the base. When they get a hold of the two Jaegers, they tell them that the portal will only respond to the genetic code of a Kaiju, and that they must use a Kaiju or a part of one to get through the portal to destroy it, or else the bomb would deflect and only affect Earth. The two Jaegers engage the Triple Event Kaiju - Scunner, Raiju and Slattern - with the latter the strongest of the three, the first Category V Kaiju. Both Jaegers take heavy damage in the process. Stacker and Chuck decide to deploy the bomb, sacrificing Striker and themselves to try and kill Scunner and Slattern to give Mako and Raleigh a chance to get through the portal.
A heavily damaged Gipsy approaches the portal but is attacked by a weakened, though not dead Slattern. Gipsy tackles Slattern, killing it with her sword and chest turbine, then passes through the portal latched onto its corpse. The Gipsy Danger crew are losing oxygen rapidly, so Raleigh gives Mako his share, and deploys her ejection pod. He then proceeds to manually overload the nuclear reactor just as Gipsy enters the Anteverse. Raleigh ejects himself out and back to Earth seconds before the mech detonates, decimating the alien forces and sealing off the Breach.
The two pods reach the surface, but Raleigh's is not responding with a pulse, and they fear that he is dead. Mako swims to Raleigh's pod, opening it, and hugging him in relief. He jokes that he couldn't breathe because she was holding him too tightly. Tendo tells them that helicopters are on their way to get them, and that they've done well. Herc then addressed the Shatterdome as "Marshall," telling them to stop the war clock that counted down how much more time until the next attack, and the PPDC breaks out in cheers.
After initial credits roll, a mid credits sequence shows Hannibal Chau slicing himself out of the belly of the infant kaiju that swallowed him whole, demanding his missing shoe. It is unknown how he survived Kaiju Blue poisoning.
Jaeger and KaijuEdit
The film featured approximately thirteen types of Kaiju and eight Jaegers.
- "The robots – called the Jaegers – they have two or three pilots in a cockpit in their head. One pilot shares the ability to handle the right hemisphere, the other one handles the left hemisphere.”"
- —Guillermo del Toro at Comic-Con 2012
- Originally, del Toro was set to direct an adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness, but Universal closed the project and the director switched his attention to Pacific Rim.
- Tom Cruise was going to star in the film, but he was replaced by Idris Elba.
- Ron Perlman, who has worked with del Toro on several occasions, was confirmed to have joined the cast on November 17, 2011.
- Based on his work for Iron Man, Ramin Djawadi was chosen to compose the film's score.
- Industrial Light and Magic was chosen to do the visual effects for Pacific Rim. Guillermo del Toro hired Oscar winners John Knoll and Hal T. Hickel, both known for their work on the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Legacy Effects was hired to do the special and practical effects on the film. Shane Mahan, known for creating the armored suits for Iron Man was hired on as effects supervisor. John Rosengrant was also brought in for his work on Real Steel. Oscar winner Clay Pinney, known for his work on Independence Day and Star Trek, was also brought on board.
- Filming began in Toronto on November 14, 2011 and continued into April 2012.
Viral marketing for Pacific Rim began in November 2012; the website, Pan Pacific Defense Corps.com went live the 28th of November. Two viral videos depicting the attack on San Francisco were uploaded on YouTube.com by user rickglb455 and featured the voice of actor David Kaye. Blueprints depicting the designs for the Jaeger machines were also released online. The film was also promoted with its own panel at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2011 and 2012.
Pacific Rim: Tales From Year ZeroEdit
- Main article: Tales From Year Zero
Written by screenwriter Travis Beacham, Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero was released through Legendary Comics and served as the establishing point of the film's universe; covering the backstories of Stacker Pentecost, Mako Mori, the first Kaiju attack and the creation of the Jaeger Program. Its hardcover features artwork by Marvel and DC Comics artist Alex Ross.
- Main article: Merchandise
Series Two is said to include Striker Eureka, Leatherback and a battle damaged Gipsy Danger. Shortly after the announcement of the Series Two figures, NECA announced they were working Series Three. Cherno Alpha is expected to be a part of Series Three. NECA also released the HeroClix series of figures.
- Main article: Pacific Rim (Soundtrack)
Pacific Rim (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was composed by Ramin Djawadi and released for digital and physical media June 25 and July 9, 2013. The film features music by Blake Perlman, RZA and Luo Xiaoxuan.
- Main article: Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters
Written by David S. Cohen, Man, Machine & Monsters details the production process of the film and provides background information on the Jaegers, Kaiju and the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. It was released June 18, 2013
- Main article: Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization
Written by Alex Irvine, the novelization of Pacific Rim expounds upon details centralized on character and universe, uncovered by the film as provided by the screenplay given to the author. The novel was released 12 July 2013 to coincide with the film's release.
Yuke's and Reliance Games, Pacific Rim: The Video Game and Pacific Rim: The Mobile Game are platform exclusive fighting games were released July 12, 2013. Yuke's Pacific Rim: The Video Game was released for the X-BOX 360's arcade and features downloadable content that can be added to the game. Reliance Games' Pacific Rim: The Mobile Game features a similar one-on-one fighting game system and a system that unlocks Kaiju stats and Jaegers are you progress.
Pacific Rim has received largely positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Metacritic gives a rating of 64 out of 100 based on reviews from 48 critics, which indicates "generally favorable" reviews. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 72% approval rating with an average rating of 6.7/10 based on 233 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "It may sport more style than substance, but Pacific Rim is a solid modern creature feature bolstered by fantastical imagery and an irresistible sense of fun."
Japanese game director Hideo Kojima, called it the "ultimate otaku film" and stated he "never imagined [he] would be fortunate enough to see a film like this in [his] life". Go Nagai, who pioneered the idea of mecha piloted from an interior cockpit, praised the film's fun and intense action, while game developer Fumito Ueda said its battle scenes surpassed memories of the tokusatsu films he saw as an impressionable child.
Science fiction author William Gibson called the film "A ravishing display of intelligent, often wonderfully witty visual design, every frame alive with coherent language, in the service of what is at heart a children's story... A baroque that doesn't curdle, that never fetishizes itself."
As of September 2, 2013, Pacific Rim has grossed an estimated $100,366,264 in North America, and has had a favorable foreign release, grossing $304,400,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $404,766,264. The film grossed $3.6 million from Thursday night showings, 23 percent of which came from IMAX showings. It then faced tough competition from Grown Ups 2 and ultimately fell behind it on opening day, earning $14.6 million. The film reached the #3 spot during the opening weekend with $37.2 million, behind Despicable Me 2 and Grown Ups 2.
Pacific Rim is the highest ever opening for a film by del Toro, surpassing Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Around 50 percent of tickets were in 3D, which makes it the highest 3D share of 2013. During its second weekend, the film dropped a steep 57% with a gross of $16,002,231, and during its third weekend, had dropped a further 52% with a gross of $7,703,461. On July 22, 2013, it was reported that the film had reached #1 at the international box office over the weekend.
The film had a successful opening in China, grossing $45,200,000, the largest opening in China for a Warner Bros. title, and the sixth-largest Chinese debut of all time for any Hollywood film. On August 19, 2013, its gross crossed $100,000,000 in China alone, becoming the sixth-highest grossing American film ever in China.
In Japan, the film landed in the fifth position on opening weekend, with an initial earning of $3.04 million (behind World War Z's gross of $3.38 million). In September 2013, Forbes highlighted Pacific Rim as "the rare English-language film in history to cross $400 million while barely crossing $100 million domestic."
September 25, 2013, Pacific Rim was named "the highest grossing live action movie worldwide based on a brand new intellectual property".
Pacific Rim is expected to be released October 15, 2013 on DVD and Blu-Ray. All three physical releases (DVD, Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray 3D) are available for pre-order on Amazon.com. The "Ultimate Edition" release is expected to follow on the same release date as well. In an interview with del Toro, the director states that there will be no director's cut. "This is my director’s cut. There will not be an extended cut right now, we’re not planning on it".; however, he plans on releasing the film on home video with multiple deleted and alternate scenes that include three different endings of the film.
Other special features expected to accompany both Blu-Ray and DVD releases are video and audio commentary. "If you buy a Sideshow maquette or you buy a DVD or a Blu-ray, I can guarantee you I put many personal hours of effort into it. I didn’t delegate it, I supervised every piece of merchandising that is significant." del Toro cites that because of the shrinking DVD and Blu-Ray market, the special features for Pacific Rim won't be as extravagant as his previous home video releases.
On October 1, 2013, Pacific Rim and its subsequent special features were released on iTunes.com for download.
- The following is a list of supplementary content featured on the home video release of Pacific Rim. Differences in the release are denoted below.
- A Primer On Kaiju & Jaegers
- Intricacy of Robot Design
- Honoring The Kaiju Tradition
- The Importance Of Mass And Scale
- Shatterdome Ranger Roll Call
- Jaegers Echo Human Grace
- Inside the Drift
- Mega Sized Sets
- Baby Kaiju Set Visit
- Tokyo Alley Set Visit
- Orchestral Sounds From The Anteverse
- Audio Commentary by Guillermo Del Toro
- The Director’s Notebook.
- Drift Space
- The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim
- The Shatterdome (Production Database)
- Deleted Scenes
- The Wall of Life/Rations
- Excuse Me
- “Catch You In The Drift, Dad”
- Blooper Reel
- Blooper Reel
- Deleted Scenes
- The Wall of Life/Rations
- Excuse Me
- “Catch You In The Drift, Dad”
- Audio Commentary by Guillermo Del Toro
- ↑ Pacific Rim - BBFC
- ↑ ‘Pacific Rim’s’ Legendary Marketing Challenge
- ↑ Pacific Rim: A Beautiful Poem to Monsters
- ↑ What's Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim"?
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 Content taken from Wikipedia.org: Pacific Rim
- ↑ User Profile: ricklb455
- ↑ TWF2005: Pacific Rim: Guiliermo del Toro
- ↑ BREAKING NEWS: KAIJU ATTACK
- ↑ Test of the Kaiju Emergency Alert System
- ↑ PACIFIC RIM Viral Marketing Continues with Video of Kaiju Attack Updated with Two New Jaeger Blueprints
- ↑ PACIFIC RIM Viral Campaign Begins; Hints at Trailer’s Release in Two Weeks
- ↑ EXCLUSIVE: 'Pacific Rim' Writer Travis Beacham On 'Year Zero' And The Psychic Bonds Of Kaiju Killers
- ↑ Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero
- ↑ NECA Unleashes Their 'Pacific Rim' Action Figure Line EXCLUSIVE
- ↑ 7″ Pacific Rim Action Figures Series 1 – Assortment
- ↑ Pacific Rim – 7″ Action Figure – Series 2 Asst (Case 14)
- ↑ NECA working on Pacific Rim Series 3, Cherno Alpha to be part of it
- ↑ Pacific Rim: HeroClix
- ↑ Pacific Rim Soundtrack from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures
- ↑ WaterTowerMusic on SoundCloud
- ↑ Just Like Your Tenderness - Single
- ↑ BOOK TRAILER AND INSIDE LOOK AT PACIFIC RIM: MAN, MACHINES & MONSTERS
- ↑ Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization
- ↑ Official Website
- ↑ Pacific Rim Mobile Game Revealed
- ↑ Pacific Rim Reviews
- ↑ Rotten Tomatoes.com
- ↑ Hideo Kojima Reviews Pacific Rim In Eight Tweets
- ↑ Metal Gear's Shinkawa Draws Pacific Rim Poster & Japan's Creators Laud Film
- ↑ Pacific Rim, over 140 characters
- ↑ Forecast: 'Pacific Rim' Goes to War With 'Grown Ups 2' This Weekend
- ↑ Weekend Box Office Results for May 24-26, 2013
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=pacificrim.htm Pacific Rim: Box Office Gross]
- ↑ Pacific Rim #1 Internationally Over Weekend
- ↑ Box Office Report: Pacific Rim Scores Massive $45.2 Million China Debut
- ↑ Weekend Box Office: 'The Butler' Opens To $25m, 'Kick-Ass 2', 'Jobs', And 'Paranoia' Crash|publisher=Forbes
- ↑ Pacific Rim Fails to Wow Auds
- ↑ Pacific Rim And More Domestic "Flops" That Became Global Hits
- ↑ Pacific Rim Now Ranks As 2013's Highest-Grossing, Live-Action Original Film
- ↑ 40.0 40.1 40.2 Pacific Rim DVD release date set
- ↑ 'Pacific Rim' Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Up for Pre-Order!
- ↑ 42.0 42.1 42.2 Guillermo Del Toro On What You Can And Can’t Expect From The Pacific Rim DVD, Blu-Ray And Sequel
- ↑ GUILLERMO DEL TORO SAYS “NO” TO DIRECTOR’S CUT
- ↑ The Badass Interview: Guillermo del Toro Gets Spoilery On PACIFIC RIM
- ↑ iTunes.com: Guillermo del Toro - Pacific Rim
- ↑ Guillermo Del Toro Introduces IMAX FANFIX™ Pacific Rim Artist to the World
- ↑ 47.0 47.1 Metal Gear's Shinkawa Draws Pacific Rim Poster & Japan's Creators Laud Film
- ↑ Art of the Title: Pacific Rim (2013)