I Saw a Trailer for 'Pacific Rim' and, Uh, Yeah

Pacific Rim CES trailer
Photo: Warner Bros.

Last night the following trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim (7/2) found its way online after it played the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It also just so happens that last night, before my screening of Gangster Squad, the previously released trailer for the film played and I have got to say, if it was supposed to get me to want to see the movie, it failed big time.

Giant, human-controlled robots clashing against alien monsters that have come to Earth via portals in the Earth's core? Seriously? And their goal is to... what... smash all the bridges? I also noticed in this new trailer the same final scene plays in which one of the robots spins through the air, crashes through a bridge, lands on a shipping container dock and slides to a stop. Wow! Exciting!

Sorry, I'm just not on board with this one. I've seen Transformers and I've seen Real Steel, neither one impressed me and this looks like it's got even less to offer.

The person sitting next to me during the screening leaned over and asked, "Who thought that was a good idea?" To which another person replied, "Come on, let's give Guillermo del Toro a chance." I'm more than willing to give him a chance, but trailers are supposed to get you to want to see a movie, not want you to run from all the mindless noise, wondering when the pummeling will be complete. Yes, a trailer doesn't ever present the whole picture, but the picture I'm getting isn't pretty. Where is the del Toro that made Cronos and The Devil's Backbone? I want him back!

Perhaps the best part of this new trailer comes at about the 1:04 mark when Qualcomm gets its bit of product placement. I guess it's at least promising I'm able to make out something considering the rest of the trailer is just sparks, debris and rain.

  • Beautifulm

    Yeah, I agree. Not feeling this either.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    Sigh... God forbid filmmakers make films they want to make instead of films that appease critics. The smark who commented 'Who thought that was a good idea?' will probably be the first in line opening weekend.

    • Susan

      I don't see Brad, or many, saying del Toro can't make this movie. Merely that people don't want to see it. Some do, that's fine.

      • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

        My comment wasn't implying that Brad was saying that. My comment was implying that Brad would prefer del Toro make a film he would prefer watching...

        'Where is the del Toro that made Cronos and The Devil's Backbone? I want him back!'

        My point is that filmmakers shouldn't have to make films that an audience prefers.

        • Susan

          And I don't disagree with your comment. I merely people don't have to be innately excited either.

  • Good Grief

    It seems like this is really getting some backlash. I've spoken to numerous people about the trailer and they all say they think it looks awful and these are people that actually LIKE the Transformers films.
    Me? I want to like this film. I want to give Guillermo Del Toro a chance but, in all honesty, this isn't giving me anything new. Does is LOOK cool? Sure. But the trailer doesn't suggest he's doing anything over than showing us a CGI version of the last five minutes of a Power Rangers episode.

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    My thoughts exactly here. To be honest, the first trailer made it look like a Sci-Fi channel flick, and that's never a good sign. I really hope Guillermo Del Toro get's his "At the Mountains of Madness" project back into action.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    My interest in this film is at an all time low. Did not like either trailer. Still going to see the film, unless there's yet another god-awful trailer

  • http://letterboxd.com/vchile/ VChile

    Transformers-Battleship-Cloverfield-Independence Day-MechWarrior Mash-up won't fit on a marquee.

  • Randy

    TRUMPETS! That will totally jack me up Gulliermo. So intense, I feel very bad for Charlie Hunnam who I really enjoy on Sons of Anarchy. Robots and aliens are fit within the 2008-2011 period and it's getting as old as these comic book movies are. If I have to see the golden gate bridge get destroyed in another movie this year I might seriously start to question its existence.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/seanfast/ Sean Fast


    I don't have the link because it's on youtube and that's blocked at my work, but someone took this trailer and replaced the audio with the opening theme of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is f-in hilarious.

  • Gastón

    The best thing about the trailer was hearing GLaDOS

  • Milan

    Come on you idiots! :@
    Who dosent want to see godzilla vs transformers?
    I bet godzilla will win(huge fan) .I mean just imagine when you see that big dude godzilla emerging onto the screen and screaming raaaaaarrr.......
    I bet u will wet your pants!
    And this director is the perfect person for this kind of movie!

  • Winchester

    I commented on the last trailer for the film and my opinion hasn't changed. I'm willing to watch it as a dumb destructathon like Transformers because I like to watch something like that if it's done well enough. But just because Del Toro is directing it I'm not expecting anything beyond that and the trailers do not suggest it will have that.

    But Del Toro could be trying the line of making a theoretical money spinner for a studio to grease the wheels with other projects. He's been away for a while divertes by The Hobbit and hasn't really had a big hit.

    Of course, Battleship showed that kind of film doesn't always work.

  • adu

    I dont see what the big deal is. I got what I was expecting, an epic feeling clash of giants, I'm not sure if Del Toro promised anything else (for a trailer).

    Devil's BACKBONE or CRONOS? Sheesh...yeah, dont think the idea was to be like them.

  • Bryce

    I go and see every big spectacle movie worth looking at in the theater, but this movie just doesn't excite me. Hopefully there is a hook or something more interesting about this film than meets the eyes, or this is going to be a rental.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

    What the hell is this? Power Rangers?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kylejames182/ kyle coley

    haha this is great brad. i wish more posts like this in the future

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/seanfast/ Sean Fast

    a lot of directors do "one for them, one for me"

  • JAB

    It looks like it could be Transformers V Mothra's WWF tag team BUT Guillermo Del Toro is behind this one. He is the guy who once turned a movie about giant walking cockroaches into something to celebrate.

  • Khaira

    I give a damn about giant robots etc. but i love me some Guillermo directed Lovecraft...So If this allows him to get enough money and studio push to make " At The Mountains Of Madness " with Tom Cruise still attached and backed by James Cameron ( which he is again hinting at) , then i am all for it.....

  • The Jackal

    Fuckin A. Would I have preferred a Del Toro take on Episode VII or At the Mountains of Madness, or even Hellboy 3? Of course, but this film looks like a lot of fun. A Guillermo Del Toro take on a Godzilla meets Transformers, popcorn flick? Sign me up. This looks pretty epic (the colossal monsters and robots...er, Jagers) and epically cheesy. Sometimes that's not a bad thing (see Top Gun, Armageddon, The Rock, for reference). Hopefully, Del Toro has crafted a good character-driven film to go along with the spectacle. I'm optimistic, and the 10-year-old kid inside me is ecstatic.

    Thems the fats

  • http://smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    Hard to say what the product is going to be like. Marketing is marketing so of course they're gonna go for the braaaaaaa crassshhh smasssshhhh Transformers route. Holding out hope for Del Toro.

  • kimberlesk

    Still looks better than "Battleship." I'm a fan of Hunnam, Elba and del Toro -- I'm seeing it. I also love big overblown monster flicks and making fun of bad cinema. So I can't go wrong either way.

  • Anonymous


    The sheer elitism of this site is the main reason why nobody takes critics seriously anymore. If "giant robots vs giant monsters" isn't appealing, clearly somebody has lost all notions of "fun" in a movie and simply demands boring, hackneyed drama BS to look "sophisticated" (despite being anything but).