Pacific Rim (2013)
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Go Big or Go Extinct
Raleigh Becket narrates over the first kaiju, Tresspasser, appearing on the planet via an interdimensional portal, at the bottom of the pacific ocean known as The Breach, attacking San Francisco on August 10, 2013. The US military eventually killed Trespasser with three tactical nukes after three cities were decimated, but over the course of the next few years, more kaiju would come out of the Breach. The nations of the world decided to band together in a joint project to fight the kaiju, and built robots called Jaegers (that required two pilots linking and calibrating their minds- drifting) to fight the kaiju to prevent nuclear bombs causing too much collateral damage.
On February 20, 2020, the largest Category 3 kaiju ever recorded, Knifehead, was detected off the coast of Alaska. The Jaeger Gipsy Danger, piloted by Raleigh and his brother Yancy deploys to fight the kaiju. The two pilots manage to take down Knifehead while saving a small fishing vessel, but get distracted while talking to their command center and Knifehead (who was feigning death) attacks the Jeager, killing Yancy. Raleigh manages to kill Knifehead and pilot the Jeager to shore by himself (a feat only done once before), but passes out, and later leaves the Jeager program.
5 years later, after a string of Jeager defeats, the UN tells Marshal Stacker Pentecost that the Jaegers are starting to lose their effectiveness as the kaiju have begun adapting against the Jeagers. He is given eight more months of funding for the Jaeger program, while a huge wall spanning the entire pacific rim is built as an alternative. Raleigh, who has been working on the costal wall for the past 5 years, watches a news broadcast about a kaiju (Mutavore) easily breaking through the coastal wall and attacking Sydney, only stopped by the Jeager Striker Eureka. Pentecost finds Raleigh. He convinces Raleigh to join the last four Jaeger crews in one last assault against the breach- an attempt to drop a thermonuclear bomb into the portal and close it. The two meet Mako Mori at the Hong Kong Jaeger Bay, along with the other Jeager crews- Crimson Typhoon from China, Cherno Alpha from Russia, Striker Eureka from Australia, and a modified Gipsy Danger, lacking a pair of copilots.
Mako is found to be one of the best candidates as Raleigh's copilot, though Pentecost's objects. A scientist named Newton Geiszler tells Pentecost that he could possibly drift with a kaiju brain the same way two Jeager pilots drift with each other, but Pentecost dismisses the idea to be crazy and absurd- however, Newton manages to do it anyway using scrap parts. In a trial run, Raleigh learns that Pentecost saved Mako's life during a kaiju attack when she was a child-Pentecost adopted her since her parents were killed by the kaiju, explaining why he is so protective of Mako. Newton's fellow scientist, Hermann Gottlieb, tells Pentecost that Newton managed to drift with a kaiju brain. Newton tells Pentecost that he found out the kaiju were actually genetically engineered "colonists" sent by an alien civilization to take out the "vermin"- the humans. Pentecost sends Newton to find a black market kaiju organ dealer named Hannibal Chau to get a new kaiju brain. While drifting with Raleigh, Mako almost fires the Jeager's plasma cannon into the hangar, but the Jeager is shut down just in time. Pentecost again refuses to let Mako pilot.
Two Kaiju come out of the breach (Code names Leatherback and Otachi) and attack Hong Kong. All the Jeagers except Gipsy Danger, still lacking a pair of pilots, are deployed to fight it. Crimson Typhoon ends up getting overpowered by the two kaiju, followed by Cherno Alpha, and Striker Eureka has its circuits get fried by Leatherback's unique EMP pulse. Meanwhile, Otachi makes landfall on Hong Kong and searches for Newton, since he managed to drift with a kaiju and allowed the aliens to view his mind as well. Pentecost agrees to let Mako and Raleigh pilot Gipsy Danger, who has an analog power system and is immune to Leatherback's EMP Pulse. The Jeager kills Leatherback and saves Newton from Otachi- the kaiju sprouts wings and lifts Gipsy into the air but it kills the kaiju and manages to land safely just in time. While Hannibal Chau dissects Otachi, (with Newton wanting the brain) they find out it is pregnant- the baby kaiju emerges and eats Chau before getting strangled by its umbilical cord. Newton and Hermann drift with the baby kaiju's brain.
Two kaiju (Raiju and Scunner) emerge from the breach and patrol it the same time Striker Eureka (now with Pentecost as one of the copilots) and Gipsy Danger enter the water to try and close the breach the two remaining Jeagers are stopped by Hermann and Newton right before they engage the kaiju, who found out that they would need to use the body of a kaiju to open the breach and drop the bomb inside. During the Jaeger's assault, Another kaiju, Slattern, the biggest kaiju seen on earth at the time, emerged from the Breach. Raleigh and Mako kill Raiju. Striker Eureka decides to detonate the nuclear bomb and kills Scunner, but only mortally wounds Slattern. Gipsy manages to finish off Slattern and rides its corpse to open the breach. Mako and Raleigh eject from Gipsy right before they detonate Gipsy's nuclear core as an alternative to the thermonuclear bomb, closing the breach and ending the kaiju war.
In a mid-credits scene, Chau cuts his way out of the infant Kaiju carcass and asks where his shoe is.
A transcript of Pacific Rim's end credits are available on SciFi Japan.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Guillermo del Toro
- Written by Travis Beacham and Guillermo del Toro
- Produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Guillermo del Toro, and Mary Parent
- Executive producing by Callum Greene
- Music by Ramin Djawadi
- Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro
- Edited by John Gilroy and Peter Amundson
- Production design by Andrew Neskoromny and Carol Spier
- Sound Designer Scott Martin Gershin
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
Weapons, vehicles, and races
- Main article: Pacific Rim/Gallery.
- Battle for Pacific (Битка за пацифик; Serbia)
- Battle of the Pacific (Batalha do Pacífico; Portugal)
- Circle of Fire (Círculo de Fogo; Brazil)
- RealD 3D (post-converted)
- IMAX 3D
- Dolby Atmos
Warner Bros. DVD + UltraViolet/Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD/3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet (2013)
- Region: Various
- Discs: 2 (DVD) or 3 (Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D bundles)
- Audio: English (DTS HD-Master Audio 7.1 on the 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray, Surround 5.1 on the DVD), Spanish, Canadian French (Surround 5.1) [U.S. release - will vary depending on country]
- Special features: Audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro, Focus Points (62 minutes), Drift Space featurette (5 minutes), The Director's Notebook, The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim featurette (17 minutes), production gallery, blooper reel (4 minutes), deleted scenes (4 minutes)
- Notes: A single-disc DVD without special features can be found packaged with Godzilla (2014). "The Director's Notebook" is only available on Blu-ray. The Blu-ray bundle was reissued in 2017 with a new "Monster Mayhem!" slipcover.
- Main article: Pacific Rim/Videos.
- Hugo Martin, the artist behind the designs of the Jaegers for the film, is noted for his work at id Software and one of the directors of the 2016 first-person shooter video game, DOOM, as well as the sole director of its 2020 sequel, DOOM Eternal.
- The design of the Atlans, enormous bipedal mechs used by the Night Sentinels to combat the gargantuan, demonic Titans from Hell, draw inspiration from the Jaegers.
- The Asylum, an American studio specializing in knock-offs of blockbuster films, produced Atlantic Rim to capitalize on Pacific Rim. They released it to DVD on July 9, 2013, three days before Pacific Rim was released in American theaters.
- Pacific Rim Wiki
- Early version of the script by Travis Beacham, undated
- Production notes
- List of firearms used in the film
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