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Trailer Watch: Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' is Essentially Godzilla vs. Transformers

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 13, 2012 at 1:08PM

The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" has landed. The film is an homage to Japanese giant monster films (called "Kaiju"), and features Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day as humans caught up in a robo-monster war. It looks like Godzilla vs. Transformers, stylishly made.
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Idris Elba in 'Pacific Rim'
Idris Elba in 'Pacific Rim'

The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" has landed. The film is an homage to Japanese giant monster films (called "Kaiju"), and features Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day as humans caught up in a robo-monster war. It looks like Godzilla vs. Transformers, stylishly made.

"Pacific Rim" is the first film in five years that del Toro has directed. His last was "Hellboy 2" in 2008, following lauded "Pan's Labyrinth," which in 2007 was nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards. It won three Oscars, for Best Cinematography, Art Direction and Makeup.

"Pacific Rim" lands July 12, 2013.

This article is related to: Trailers, Video, Trailers, Pacific Rim, Guillermo Del Toro, Guillermo del Toro, Idris Elba


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.