Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pacific Rim ~ Jaegers: Mech Warriors- Featurette

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As we get to know more about Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," a homage to Japanese horror films from the 1950's and 60's we take a look at the giant robots called Jaegers that the Pan Pacific Defense Corps uses to fight these giant monsters. These Jaegers are piloted by a pilot and a co-pilot whose minds are linked neurally together so they act in unison. 

Warner Bros. official synopsis:

"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 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 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 to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse."

The pilot, Raleigh Becket, played by "The Sons of Anarchy's" Charlie Hunnam was a "washed up former pilot called back into to service". His co-pilot is  Mako Mori played by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in the 2006 film, "Babel." 

Charlie Day, from FX's television series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" plays  Dr. Newton Geizler. Day's job as Geizler is to study the Kaiju (big Godzilla type monster) and figure out what does this creature want. While adding to our knowledge of what a Kaiju is and what's its motivation, Geizler also provides some comic relief to this otherwise horror-action tale.

When you think of a person by the name of Hannibal Chau, your mind doesn't automatically conjure of the likes of actor Ron Perlman. Perlman is also Charlie Hunnam's co-star on the FX show "Sons of Anarchy." In Pacific Rim, Perlman's Hannibal Chau is an organ dealer. No, not a Hammond organ, but the organs of the Kaiju. Also, if you were not aware,, Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro have announced that "Hell Boy 3" will be in the works. Perlman and del Toro also worked together on the first two "Hellboy" films, "Cronos," and "Blade II," and with "Pacific Rim," that makes six films together for the two veterans. 

Expect to see "Pacific Rim" in US theaters on July 12, 2013 

Movie Data

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Year:  2013
Staring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Producer(s): Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull
Writer: Guillermo del Toro, Travis Beachamt
Rating: PG-13

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