I’m getting a serious Cloverfield vibe from this footage, but I guess that’s to be expected given the context of this film. Guillermo Del Toro‘s epic monster film “Pacific Rim” has been on the minds of all the nerds since hearing about it almost two years ago at Comic Con, so today’s release of this viral footage for the film is a special treat. Last week, images surfaced of the supposed mech suits Guillermo was using in the film, but Guillermo quickly dismissed it. That being said, I promise you this shit is real and very interesting to say the least. The footage is of a scrambled news broadcast from all over the world of these Kaiju (monsters) laying waste to populated cities here and abroad. I don’t think the movie is a mockumentary, but that technique is used in this footage to give us a real sense of urgency.
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 (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—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.