Pacific Rim (2013)
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Go Big or Go Extinct
The film starts with Raleigh Becket narrating over the first kaiju, Tresspasser, appearing on the planet through a portal at the bottom of the pacific ocean known as The Breach, attacking San Francisco on August 10-16, 2013. The 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 with mind links) to fight the kaiju as nuclear bombs would destroy most of the cities and the planet.
The story then goes to February 20, 2020- the largest Category 3 kaiju ever recorded, Knifehead, was detected. The Jaeger Gipsy Danger, piloted by Raleigh and his brother Yancy deploys to fight the kaiju. The two pilots manage to take down Kinfehead, but get distracted and Knifehead 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, the UN tells Marshal Stacker Pentecost that the Jaegers are starting to lose their effectiveness as the kaiju start adapting. He is given eight more months of funding for the Jaegers, while a huge wall spanning the entire pacific rim is built as an alternative. Pentecost finds Raleigh, who working on the wall. Marshall Pentecost convinces Raleigh to join the last four Jaeger crews in one last assault against the breach, attempting to drop a thermonuclear bomb into it to close it. The two meet Mako Mori at the Hong Kong Jaeger Bay- Mako is found to be one of the best candidates as Raleigh's copilot, despite Pentecost's objections. A scientist named Newton Geiszler tells Pentecost that he could possibly connect with a kaiju brain the same way two Jeager pilots connect with each other, but Pentecost dissmisses the idea to be crazy and absurd- however, Newton manages to do it anyway using scrap junk.In a trial run, Raleigh learns that Pentecost saved Mako's life during a kaiju attack when she was a child-Pentecost practically adopted her since her parents were killed by the kaiju, which explains why he is so protective of Mako. Newton's fellow scientist, Hermann Gottlieb, tells Pentecost that Newton managed to connect 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.
Two Kaiju come out of the breach (Code names Leatherback and Otachi) and attack Hong Kong. Three Jaegers (named Cherno Alpha, Crimson Typhoon, and Striker Eureka) battle the two Kaiju, but two of the Jaegers get destroyed and the third Jaeger's 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. Pentecost sends in Gipsy Danger, who kills Leatherback and Otachi, and saves the short-circuited Jaeger (Striker Eureka). 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 connect with the baby kaiju's brain,
Two kaiju emerge from the breach and swim around it to protect it the same time the plan to send a nuclear bomb into the breach is given the go ahead- the two remaining Jeagers (Pentecost taking the place of one of the Jeager pilots) 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, biggest kaiju seen on earth at the time, emerged from the Breach. Raleigh and Mako kill Raiju with Gypsy's sword. Striker Eureka decides to detonate her payload and allow 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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