- IMDb page: Pacific Rim (2013)
- Rate: 7.9/10 total 43,609 votes
- Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
- Release Date: 12 July 2013 (USA)
- Runtime: 131 min
- Filming Location: Pinewood Toronto Studios, Port Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Budget: $180,000,000 (estimated)
- Gross: $68,235,000 (USA) (19 July 2013)
- Director: Guillermo del Toro
- Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi | See full cast and crew
- Original Music By: Ramin Djawadi
- Soundtrack: Drift
- Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS | Dolby Atmos | Dolby Surround 7.1
- Plot Keyword: Kaiju | Pilot | Apocalypse | Robot | Sea
Writing Credits By:
- Travis Beacham (screenplay) &
- Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)
- Travis Beacham (story)
- Tom Cruise was considered for a role, but in the end, Idris Elba was cast.
- The computer is voiced by Ellen McLain who also voiced GLaDOS, the AI from Portal and Portal 2. This is in fact a cameo by GLaDOS, as Guillermo del Toro was such a fan of the games that he approached the game’s developers, Valve, who approved. Del Toro said in an interview for the Toronto Sun: “”I wanted very much to have her, because I’m a big Portal fan. But just as a wink. She’s not cake-obsessed. She’s not out to destroy humanity.” He further explained: “Look, there’s no A.I. I’d rather have than GlaDOS, but McLain’s voice in the movie, due in theaters July 12, has been modulated a bit to be less similar to the distinctive tone of Portal’s unforgettable antagonist. The filter we’re using is slightly less GLaDOS. Slightly. The one in the trailer I wanted to be full-on GlaDOS.”
- The first Guillermo del Toro film to feature Ron Perlman as a human character since Cronos. Guillermo del Toro’s other films with Ron Perlman feature him as a non-human character.
- Travis Beacham, the screenwriter, got the idea for the movie while walking along the California coastline on a foggy morning. The shape of the pier looked like a creature rising from the water, and he imagined a large robot waiting on the shore to battle it.
- Guillermo del Toro was inspired by the anime and tokusatsu (special-effects TV series and films) of his youth. He specifically cites Tetsujin nijûhachi-go as a major influence. Despite this, he wanted to avoid referencing other works of fiction in the design of the robots and monsters.
- “Jaeger” is the German word for hunter.
- “Kaiju” is a Japanese word that literally translates to ‘strange beast.’ It is usually used to refer to giant monsters from Japanese science fiction films, such as Gojira.
- A life-sized version of the robot cockpit was built on a soundstage at Pinewood Studios in Toronto. It weighed about 20 tons, and stood nearly four stories high. It was built on a gigantic hydraulic gimbal, which would move, shake, vibrate, drop, and rock the entire set as if it were actually being piloted. A smaller version was also built with a smaller gimbal, allowing for different movements. The VFX team used some of the Conn-pod footage for reference while animating the robots. The set was also redressed to depict the interior of each robot differently.
- Gipsy Danger is painted and detailed to resemble a World War II fighter plane. There is nose art on its chest.
- Guillermo del Toro drew inspiration from paintings, including Francisco Goya’s “The Colossus” and Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.”
Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When the helicopter lands in front of Mako near the beginning of the film, her umbrella is unaffected by the wind.
Plot: As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. Full summary » »
Story: 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. Written byDel Torro
Synopsis: The film begins in 2013. Deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, a fissure opens up, that leads to another dimension. Through the fissure, a giant monster appears, and destroys portions of San Francisco. After many days and countless lives, the creature is defeated.
However, what seemed to be an isolated attack, builds, as more creatures begin to come through the fissure, attacking coastal cities around the Pacific. The World unites to stop the invaders, and build The Jaeger Program: a series of giant mechanical ‘monsters,’ intended to stop the creatures.
Original tests to have one pilot per Jaeger proves unsuccessful, as the test subjects were not able to handle the stress and strain. It was then decided that each Jaeger would be piloted by two people, their memories linked together in The Drift, synchronizing their movements to pilot the massive machines.
As the Jaegers go to work, they begin to turn the tides, and take down the creatures (known as Kaiju). Pretty soon, the world is enthralled by the Jaegers and their pilots. They become celebrities, and even have merchandise made. As well, the dead Kaiju are soon seen as a black-market commodity, their parts sold off for various collections and medicinal purposes.
But just as the battle seems to be turning, the Kaiju’s attacks become more brutal.
7 years after the fissure opened up, one of the more famous Jaeger duos, is Raleigh Beckett (Charlie Hunnam), and his older brother, Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff). Pilots of the Jaeger named "Gypsy Danger," they are sent off to stop a Kaiju heading towards Anchorage. Though the information on their monitors shows a fishing boat in the path of the attack, the Becketts are told to protect Anchorage.
Even so, they disobey orders, and still save the fishing boat, but end up being brutally attacked by the Kaiju, which rips off the Jaeger’s left arm, and tears away a chunk of the vehicle’s helmet, sending Yancy to his death.
After the attack, Raleigh leaves the Jaeger Program, and goes to find work wherever he can. 7 years later, he finds work along the Western coast of the United States, helping build a giant wall that is meant to keep the Kaiju out.
In the 7 years since Raleigh was with the Jaeger program, numerous countries have called for the program to be terminated. Many assume that building the walls will make them safe, but the head of the program named Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), claims that the World’s Leaders are making a terrible mistake.
Even though Pentecost claims the program is still viable, it is relocated to Hong Kong, and given 8 months of funding, before the program will be retired.
Back on the West Coast, Raleigh continues to work on the wall, when television reports that a Jaeger has broken through the one surrounding Sydney Harbor in Australia. Luckily, a Jaeger named Striker Eureka is able to take it down.
After seeing the news report, Raleigh is surprised when a Helicopter lands near his building area, with Pentecost requesting he come along.
Raleigh is then flown to the Hong Kong Base (known as ‘The Shatterdome’), where he meets Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi). Mako tells Raleigh that she has studied his moves during his years in action, and how to be a Jaeger pilot, Raleigh note she seems apprehensive.
Pentecost also introduces Raleigh to two scientist under their command. One of them named Dr Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day), is an obsessive ‘Kaiju Fanboy,’ who studies the creatures through salvaged organs and other parts. The other is Dr Gottlieb (Burn Gorman), who is a more ‘practical’ man, and is using his mathematical skills to try and pinpoint the frequency of creatures coming through the ocean rift.
Within the Shatterdome, the last remaining Jaegers and their crews have been assembled: The Crimson Typhoon (from China), Cherno Alpha (from the Ukraine), Striker Eureka (fresh from its stint in Australia), and (to Raleigh’s surprise) The Gypsy Danger. However, since her encounter 7 years ago, she has been rebuilt and retrofitted for combat.
Raleigh questions Pentecost on just what their plan is. Pentecost explains that are formulating a plan to drop a nuclear weapon into the channel between dimensions. If it works, the channel will be destroyed, stopping any further Kaiju from coming through.
Pentecost soon after meets again with Geiszler and Gottlieb. Gottlieb predicts that mathematically, the number of Kaiju coming up through the rift is increasing. Geiszler meanwhile, wonders if they can learn more about the Kaiju, if they are able to ‘Drift’ with its brain. Having a portion of one, he is eager to test his theory, but is denied by Pentecost.
Without his brother, Raleigh is tasked with helping to find a replacement. However, during a training and reflex exercise, Raleigh is a little incensed when Mako keeps calling him out regarding the number of moves to take down his opponent. Inquiring why she is being so vocal, she responds that he could have taken down his opponents with a shorter amount of moves. After winning approval from Pentecost, Raleigh spars with her, and is amazed at her prowess. He proclaims that she should help him co-pilot Gypsy Danger, but Pentecost refuses.
Eventually, another pilot is chosen for Raleigh, but at the last minute, Mako is given permission. A test-run of Gypsy Danger within the Shatterdome appears to be going well, until during the Drift session, Mako gets locked into a tragic memory, and almost sets off the Jaeger’s plasma cannon within the dome.
After this, Raleigh understands more about Mako and Pentecost. When Mako was a child, she lost her family to a Kaiju attack in Japan. Just when it seemed the creature was going to kill her, a Jaeger was deployed, that stopped it. The pilot of the Jaeger was none other than Pentecost who is revealed to be able to pilot a Jaeger by himself. Even with her becoming unfocused in the Drift, Raleigh still wants Mako as his partner, but is again rebuffed by Pentecost.
Meanwhile, Dr Geiszler has hooked up a crude connection machine, and hooks into the Kaiju brain in his lab. After Gottlieb shuts it down , Geiszler reports to Pentecost and his men that the link allowed him a glimpse into the other side of the portal. Geiszler had theorized that based on some Kaiju samples, that what they were seeing coming through were cloned creatures, and his ‘Drift’ vision appears to corroborate this. Unfortunately, the Kaiju brain has been damaged, and Geiszler needs a new one in order to learn more. Pentecost gives him a small card, and sends him to Hong Kong, to look for a man named Hannibal Chau.
Geiszler heads to Hong Kong, where he finds Chau, who is actually an American going under a created name. Geiszler bats around Chau’s arrogance and questioning demeanor, until he mentions how he ‘Drifted’ with a Kaiju brain, leading Chau to question that if he connected to the other side, what’s to say those on the other side, don’t know what he now knows?
Shortly after this, two Category 4 Kaijus surface near Hong Kong. Pentecost sends out the Crimson Typhoon and the Cherno Alpha to fight the creatures, with Striker Eureka to protect the City’s coastline.
Just as discussion had seemed to point to the Kaiju becoming more dangerous, the two that have emerged come with extra accoutrements. One contains a pouch containing acid, that melts away at the Typhoon’s armor, before they are eventually destroyed. Cherno Alpha’s crew take her into the fight, but she is soon overwhelmed by the two.
The Father/Son team piloting Striker Eureka abandon their orders to protect Hong Kong, and go at the creatures. However, the other Kaiju lets loose a EMP burst, that disables Striker Eureka, and the equipment in the Shatterdome. With 2 hours til’ the system can be rebooted, Striker Eureka is dead in the water until Raleigh gives a solution: though the newer models of Jaeger are digital, the Gypsy Danger is analog.
Pentecost sends out Raleigh and Mako, who end up destroying the EMP-bursting Kaiju, but the other one ends up heading into Hong Kong.
While Chau and his associates have fled to their bunker, Dr Geiszler has been pushed out into the streets, and into a fallout shelter. However, when it sounds like the creature has settled directly over them, he begins to panic that Chau may have been right, and that it may be looking for him. As if to answer that, the ceiling caves in, and the Kaiju attempts to reach him.
Just then, Gypsy Danger appears, and distracts the Kaiju. The battle goes through many buildings, but takes a turn when the creature suddenly sprouts wings, and begins to carry the Jaeger out of the atmosphere. Utilizing the Jaeger’s chain-sword, they manage to destroy it, before plummeting back to Earth.
Raleigh and Mako return to the Shatterdome to cheers, as the pilots of the Striker Eureka also voice their thanks and appreciation. During the jubilation, Raleigh notes Pentecost bleeding slightly from both nostrils. In private, Pentecost explains how in the earlier days of the Jaeger program, shielding from nuclear contaminants had not been considered, and that his condition has been worsening over time.
Meanwhile, Geiszler has returned to Chau, and demands claim over the dead Kaiju’s brain. Chau’s men attempt to get to it, but find that the Kaiju is actually pregnant. Just then, an infant Kaiju breaks through a slit in the side of its Mother, and attempts to escape. Chau is not successful in escaping, as it gulps him down, before strangling itself on its own umbilical cord.
Dr Gottlieb soon shows up in Hong Kong with Geiszler’s machine, and though the first attempt almost killed him, Gottlieb volunteers to ‘Drift’ with the other scientist, to cooperate in learning more through the infant Kaiju’s brain.
Plans are soon made to set up the Gypsy Danger and Striker Eureka to deliver the Warhead to the rift, but due to the son of Striker Alpha’s team having sustained an injury to his arm, a replacement must be found. Pentecost surprises everyone when he takes the role.
As the two Jaegers near the rift, Geiszler and Gottlieb rush into the Shatterdome’s control room, and explain that the plan will not work. The channel between dimensions will only allow in a Kaiju. If they attempt to drop the Warhead into the channel, it’ll just deflect out.
- Callum Greene known as executive producer
- Jon Jashni known as producer
- Mary Parent known as producer
- Jillian Share Zaks known as co-producer
- Thomas Tull known as producer
FullCast & Crew:
- Charlie Hunnam known as Raleigh Becket
- Diego Klattenhoff known as Yancy Becket
- Idris Elba known as Stacker Pentecost
- Rinko Kikuchi known as Mako Mori
- Charlie Day known as Dr. Newton Geiszler
- Burn Gorman known as Gottlieb
- Max Martini known as Herc Hansen
- Robert Kazinsky known as Chuck Hansen
- Clifton Collins Jr. known as Ops Tendo Choi
- Ron Perlman known as Hannibal Chau
- Brad William Henke known as Construction Foreman
- Larry Joe Campbell known as Construction Worker
- Mana Ashida known as Young Mako
- Santiago Segura known as Wizened Man
- Joe Pingue known as Captain Merrit
- Milton Barnes known as McTighe
- Brian Frank known as 1st Officer
- Ellen McLain known as Gipsy Danger AI (voice)
- David Fox known as Old Man on Beach
- Jake Goodman known as Child
- Robin Thomas known as American UN Representative
- Julian Barnes known as British UN Representative
- David Richmond-Peck known as Canadian UN Representative
- Charles Luu known as Wei Tang Triplet
- Lance Luu known as Wei Tang Triplet
- Mark Luu known as Wei Tang Triplet
- Robert Maillet known as Lt. S. Kaidanovsky
- Heather Doerksen known as Lt. A. Kaidanovsky
- Joshua Peace known as Officer
- Sebastian Pigott known as Engineer
- Victoria Marie known as Chinese Girl in Anti-Kaiju Refugee
- Roger Wong known as Man in Anti-Kaiju Refugee
- J.C. Kenny known as TV Reporter
- Jane Watson known as Raleigh and Yancy's Mom
- Robert Morse known as Raleigh and Yancy's Dad
- Paul Michael Wyers known as Young Raleigh (as Paul Wyers)
- Tyler Stevenson known as Young Yancy
- Mike Chute known as Saltchuck Crew
- Duncan McLeod known as Saltchuck Crew
- Louis Paquette known as Saltchuck Crew
- Matthew G. Taylor known as UN Representative
- Terry Belleville known as UN Representative
- Frank Nakashima known as UN Representative
- Farzad Sadrian known as UN Representative
- Mishu Vellani known as UN Representative
- Clive Walton known as UN Representative
- Peter Kosaka known as Young Mako's Father
- Yiren Stark known as Young Mako's Mother
- Hubert Tran known as Asian Boy
- Trek Buccino known as Young Newt
- Drew Adkins known as Young Gottlieb
- Kelvin Lum known as Hannibal Chau Thug
- Soo David Chum Ling known as Hannibal Chau Thug
- Randy Lee known as Hannibal Chau Thug
- Jung-Yul Kim known as Hannibal Chau Thug
- Kaelyn Wong known as Hannibal Chau Thug
- Mark Baldesarra known as Construction Worker (uncredited)
- Timothy Gibbs known as Marine (uncredited)
- Derek Herd known as Construction Worker (uncredited)
- Phi Huynh known as Mechanic (uncredited)
- Justin Major known as Marine (uncredited)
- Sunil Narkar known as Journalist (uncredited)
- Don Shirey known as News Anchor (uncredited)
- Cindy Sit known as Mechanic (uncredited)
- Bonnie Siu known as Locen Tech (uncredited)
- Alan Tang known as Cadet #2 (uncredited)
- Joe Vercillo known as Marine (uncredited)
- Neil Whitely known as UN Rep #8 (uncredited)
- Emerson Wong known as Cadet #3 (uncredited)
- William S. Wong known as Engineer (uncredited)
- Nicola Bendrey known as creature effects crew
- Damon Bishop known as creature effects artist
- Chris Bridges known as creature effects artist
- Adrian Burnett known as creature effects artist
- Stacey Butterworth known as wig maker
- Kevin Carter known as special effects contact lenses
- Graham Chivers known as creature effects artist
- Allan Cooke known as creature effects artist
- François Dagenais known as creature effects supervisor
- Steven Dawley known as creature effects crew
- Jeff Derushie known as creature effects crew
- Jason Detheridge known as creature effects supervisor
- Mike Elizalde known as creature effects
- Paul R.J. Elliot known as hair department head
- Devon Ellis known as creature effects crew
- Verity Fiction known as additional makeup artist
- Cliona Furey known as hair coordinator: crowd
- Jonathan Graham known as creature effects crew
- Kevin Hutchinson known as creature effects crew
- Patricia Keighran known as key makeup artist
- Zane Knisely known as creature effects artist
- Steven Kostanski known as creature effects artist
- A.J. Lee known as creature effects artist
- Steve Newburn known as creature effects supervisor
- Koji Ohmura known as additional makeup artist
- Katelynn Pasquino known as creature effects crew
- Colin Penman known as key makeup artist
- Ryan Reed known as personal hair stylist
- Jordan Samuel known as makeup dept head
- Sean Sansom known as creature effects supervisor
- Natalie Scocchia known as creature effects crew
- Tenille Shockey known as creature effects crew
- Sondra Treilhard known as key hair stylist
- Arjen Tuiten known as special makeup effects artist
- Anthony Veilleux known as creature effects crew
- Darleen Abbott known as construction office coordinator
- Barbara Agbaje known as second assistant art director
- John Bannister known as key scenic artist
- Wayne D. Barlowe known as head creature designer
- Luke James Belderes known as concept artist
- David Best known as assistant art director
- Peter Bodnarus known as assistant art director
- Joseph Bower known as head painter
- Rudy Braun known as set designer
- Carlos Caneca known as leadman
- William Cheng known as set designer
- Brian Cranstone known as on set carpenter
- Joelle Craven known as graphic designer
- Guy Davis known as concept artist
- Taku Dazai known as speciality props
- TyRuben Ellingson known as conceptual designer
- Henry Fong known as concept artist
- David G. Fremlin known as set designer
- Vladislav Fyodorov known as set designer
- Humberto Garcia known as set designer
- Harold Gay known as second assistant art director
- Christopher Geggie known as property master
- Jeremy Gillespie known as graphic designer
- Jonathan Graham known as scenic artist
- Kevin Haeberlin known as leadman
- J. Ryan Halpenny known as assistant art director
- Frank Hong known as illustrator
- Alexandra Hooper known as set decoration buyer
- Jon Hunter known as graphic designer
- Brandon Johnson known as logo designer
- Jay Kirk known as assistant head painter
- Walter Klassen known as speciality props
- Stefany Koutroumpis known as assistant art director
- Itsuko Kurono known as first assistant art director
- Aaron Lam known as concept designer
- Patricia Larman known as lead
- Simon Lee known as concept designer
- Yasmyn Lee known as second assistant art director
- Peter Legault known as carpenter
- Kevin Lise known as assistant property master
- John Mackenzie known as construction consultant
- Sang Maier known as props assistant
- Rob McCallum known as storyboard artist
- Kari Measham known as prop buyer
- David Meng known as concept artist
- Matt Middleton known as set designer
- Brad Milburn known as set designer
- Raúl Monge known as concept artist
- Clara Moon known as concept artist
- John Moran known as graphic designer
- Steve Newburn known as props
- Timothy Peel known as graphic artist
- Sorin Popescu known as set designer
- Vicki Pui known as illustrator
- Carlos Salgado known as concept artist
- Stephen Schirle known as concept artist
- Corinna Schmitt-Porsia known as assistant art director
- Jaclyn Shoub known as set decoration buyer
- Jeff Smith known as second assistant art director
- Jonathon Stanton known as set dresser
- Johann Joseph Tebrake known as carpenter
- Katy Thatcher known as trainee art director
- Keith Thompson known as concept artist
- Andra Totirescu known as set designer
- Francisco Ruiz Velasco known as lead concept artist
- Sean Vizsy known as art p.a.
- Evan Webber known as set designer
- Simon Webber known as concept artist
- Allen Williams known as concept artist
- Toni Wong known as set dresser
- Dave Wood known as assistant art director
- Jing Zheng known as concept artist
- Melissa K. Nicoll known as scenic artist (uncredited)
- Warner Bros. (as Warner Bros. Pictures) (presents)
- Legendary Pictures (in association with)
- Canada Film Capital tax incentive consulting services
- Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment camera dollies
- Imaginary Forces main and end titles
- Legendary Pictures funding
- Oakville Divers dive equipment supply and service
- Pinewood Toronto Studios stages
- SIM Digital / Bling Digital camera equipment provided by
- SIM Digital / Bling Digital digital dailies
- SIM Digital / Bling Digital off-line editing services
- Shotz Fiction Film production services: Germany (plate shots)
- Soundelux post-production sound services
- Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging digital intermediate services
- William F. White International grip and lighting equipment
- Cinematográfica Blancica (CB) (2013) (Venezuela) (theatrical)
- Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2013) (Portugal) (theatrical)
- Manfer Films (2013) (Bolivia) (theatrical)
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- Warner Bros. (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
- Warner Bros. (2013) (Singapore) (theatrical)
- Warner Bros. (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
- Ghost VFX (visual effects)
- Hybride Technologies (visual effects)
- Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)
- Legacy Effects
- Mr. X (previsualization)
- Rodeo FX (visual effects)
- Spectral Motion (creature designs)
MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language
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