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Watch: First Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Mash 'Pacific Rim'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist December 12, 2012 at 7:11PM

There's a lot of big hitters arriving in theaters next summer; "Iron Man 3," "Man Of Steel," "The Lone Ranger," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "The Great Gatsby," "The Wolverine," "Elysium." But if you'd asked us this morning what our most anticipated film of the warm months of 2013 was going to be, we wouldn't have even had to think before we answered "Pacific Rim." For the most part, it's because it's the first film in five years from director Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"). Although that it features giant robots and giant monsters kicking the holy living shit out of each other, and that it has a very strong script to be working from are other good reasons why we're excited (and why Warner Bros have already commissioned a script for a sequel).
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There's a lot of big hitters arriving in theaters next summer; "Iron Man 3," "Man Of Steel," "The Lone Ranger," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "The Great Gatsby," "The Wolverine," "Elysium."  But if you'd asked us this morning what our most anticipated film of the warm months of 2013 was going to be, we wouldn't have even had to think before we answered "Pacific Rim." For the most part, it's because it's the first film in five years from director Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"). Although that it features giant robots and giant monsters kicking the holy living shit out of each other, and that it has a very strong script to be working from are other good reasons why we're excited (and why Warner Bros have already commissioned a script for a sequel).

But as an original film, not based on any existing property, and featuring a cast of mostly under-the-radar actors including Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuichi, Idris Elba and Charlie Day, it's mostly an unknown quantity to the general public. But that's all about to change, as a trailer for Warner Bros' movie, which will screen in front of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" this weekend, just came online.

And... we have to confess, we're just a touch underwhelmed. Del Toro's eye is in good evidence, the scope and scale of the thing is clearly huge, and it's hard to dislike something where Stringer Bell announces he's cancelling the apocalypse. But in trailer form at least, it all feels a little bit... (whisper it) SyFy Channel? Particularly when it comes down to the effects, which feel like they're still in early form. That said, they have eight months to sort them out, and we're certainly maintaining the faith on this one for a while.

You can watch the trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments section. "Pacific Rim" will open on July 11th, 2013.

This article is related to: Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro, Film Trailers, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Idris Elba


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