Pacific Rim (2013)
|Pacific Rim Films|
Go Big or Go Extinct
The film starts with Raleigh Becket narrating about kaiju first appearing on the planet, going to the kaiju Trespasser's attack on August 10-16, 2013. The military eventually killed Trespasser with three tactical nukes, but over the course of the next few years, more kaiju came out of a portal called the Breach at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Humanity 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 jumps to February 20, 2020- the Anchorage Shatterdome detects the largest Category 3 kaiju ever recorded, Knifehead. The Jaeger Gipsy Danger is deployed to fight the kaiju. However, a ship named "Saltchuck" is in the water near the kaiju. Yancy pushes the ship toward safety, punches the Knifehead twice, and proceeds to hammer on the kaiju. Yancy charges up the right plasma cannon and shoots it three times, supposedly killing Knifehead. The Shatterdome picks up Knifehead, who wasn't killed and was only faking. Knifehead surprise attacks Gipsy- Raleigh charges the left plasma cannon, but Knifehead rips off Gipsy's left arm before it can fire. Knifehead then tears through Gipsy and kills Yancy. Raleigh fires the right plasma cannon while Knifehead beats up Gipsy and kills Knifehead. Raleigh is unable to finish piloting Gipsy and crashes on Anchorage's icy shore. Afterwards, we see the Anchorage Shatterdome on closing day, where the UN tells Marshal Stacker Pentecost that the Jaegers are losing and the planet needs defence. He is given eight more months of funding for the Jaegers.
The story skips to 2025, where Raleigh is working on an Alaskan Coast Defense wall to keep out the kaiju. Marshell Pentecost asks Raleigh to join the last of his rangers in one last assault against the breach to close it. Raleigh accepts the Pentecost's offer and meets Mako Mori at the Hong Kong Jaeger Bay, the two becoming co-pilots. In a trial run, Raleigh learns how Pentecost saved Mako's life when he was a ranger and why he is so protective of Mako. Two Kaiju come out of the breach (Code names Leatherback and Otachi)and attack Hong Kong. Three other 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 the kaiju's EMP. Pentecost sends in Gipsy Danger, who kills Leatherback and Otachi, and saves the short-circuited Jaeger (Striker Eureka).
Two scientists, Newton and Hermann, discover that the plan to send a nuclear bomb into the breach (the reason why Pentecost recruited Raleigh again) won't work. They rush back to tell the pilots of Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka their discovery. They then tell them that they must ride a Kaiju into the breach in order to open it. During the Jaeger's assault, Three Kaiju come out of the breach (Raiju and Scunner) along with the first-ever Category 5 kaiju (Slattern). Raleigh and Mako kill Raiju with Gypsy's sword. Striker Eureka detonates her payload and kills Scunner, but only mortally wounds Slattern. Gipsy rides Slattern to open the breach and kills it in the process. Mako and Raleigh eject from Gipsy right before they detonate Gipsy's nuclear core, which closes the Breach.
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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