Thursday, May 23, 2013

Build Robots to Fight Monsters? Is it Science Fiction or Science Fact?

"Battle Bots Fight Kaiju in Epic First Trailer for Pacific Rim

After a long wait, fans (at least those not lucky enough to catch the sneak peaks offered at San Diego Comic-Con International or New York Comic Con) are finally getting their first look at footage from director Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming flick Pacific Rim. And it was worth the wait — monsters-versus-robots battles at sea, large swaths of city-wide destruction, inspirational speeches from star Charlie Hunnam. It’s all here...

“We always thought alien life would come from the stars, but it came from deep beneath the sea — a portal between dimensions in the Pacific Ocean,” Hunnam says, setting up the trailer. “Something out there had discovered us, but it counted the humans to hide, to give up, to fail. They never considered our ability to stand, to endure; that we would rise to the challenge.”

The general gist of Pacific Rim is that giant creatures have come up out of the sea and threatened to destroy all of humanity. To fight them off the human race has built two-piloted robots known as Jaegers – essentially the F-14s of monster warfare, complete with Top Gun pilots. But as the war between the two sides wages on for years even the massive ‘bots are proving no match for the kaiju onslaught. Close to defeat, a former pilot played by Sons of Anarchy‘s Hunnam and a newbie trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) team up to fight off the apocalypse. Or “canceling the apocalypse” in the words of Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost..."

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