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PACIFIC RIM GENERAL INFORMATION
|Directed by||Guillermo del Toro|
|Story by||Travis Beacham|
|Editing by||Peter Amundson|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||131 minutes|
PACIFIC RIM PLOT SYNOPSIS
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
PACIFIC RIM CHARACTERS
Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket:
Raleigh Becket is a washed-up, former JAEGER pilot who is called out of retirement by the PAN PACIFIC DEFENSE CORPS. Becket has suffered a significant loss in his life which has killed off any motivation he has to pilot a JAEGER. Stacker Pentecost and Mako Mori confront Becket and put in motion his return as a pilot.
Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost:
Idris Elba is Becket’s commanding officer who in secret struggles to come to terms with the difficult decisions that he has to make on a daily basis. Pentecost also acts as a father figure to Mako Mori.
Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori:
Mako Mori is Becket’s co-pilot who is known for her inner strength and fury in combat. Mori lost her family in a KAIJU attack, an event which continues to haunt and drive her ever forward.
Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geizler:
Dr. Newton Geizler is an arrogant scientist who studies the KAIJU.
Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau:
Hannibal Chau deals in the illegal trade of KAJU organs on the black market.
Heather Doerksen as Lt. Sasha Kaidanovsky:
Sasha Kaidanovsky is a female Russian JAEGER pilot who acts as if she has nothing left to lose.
Ellen McLain as JAEGER AI:
The voice of the Jaegers’ artificial intelligence system.
PACIFIC RIM JAEGERS
A JAEGER is a highly advanced weapon which is massive machine with an exoskeleton. A JAEGER is controlled simultaneously by pilot teams who are equipped with specialized armor that connects to the JAEGER. To ensure that the pilots work as a team, their minds are connected via a neural bridge.
The giant JAEGERS are created, handled and maintained in the SHATTERDOME facility where they are constantly worked on by technicians and the JAGER’s A.I.
In 2013 a portal between two dimensions opened at the bottom of the PACIFIC OCEAN, allowing the KAIJU to enter EARTH’s dimension. The massive amphibious creates are extremely hostile and are bent on wiping out humanity.
PACIFIC RIM PRE-PRODUCTION
In May 2010, Travis Beacham pitched and sold his 25 page treatment for PACIFIC RIM to LEGENDARY PICTURES. Guillermo del Toro met with LEGENDARY PICTURES and was intrigued by Beacham’s treatment and agreed to produce and co-write the film’s script.
It wasn’t until UNIVERSAL stopped the production of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS that del Toro signed on as the director of PACIFIC RIM. He continued to work closely with Travis Beacham on the film’s script and also introduced a number of uncredited writers to perform rewrites who includes Neil Cross, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.
Despite PACIFIC RIM being an action blockbuster, there are a number of central themes that are important to del Toro:
“I really wanted to have this melodrama happening in the cockpit. I thought, ‘What if there were two pilots, and they had to get to know each other really quick? When you Drift with someone, you know a lot about them in a few seconds – their virtues, their fears, their defects. And yet you have no choice but to accept them. I thought it was a compelling idea.” The director expressed his intention that the empathy metaphors extend to real life: “The pilots’ smaller stories actually make a bigger point, which is that we’re all together in the same robot [in life]… Either we get along or we die. I didn’t want this to be a recruitment ad or anything jingoistic. The idea of the movie is just for us to trust each other, to cross over barriers of color, sex, beliefs, whatever, and just stick together. Fundamentally, it’s a very simple message. But it’s one that I would have liked to have seen in an adventure movie when I was a 12-year-old.”
“The film’s ten primary characters all have “little arcs” conducive to this idea… I think that’s a great message to give kids… ‘That guy you were beating the shit out of ten minutes ago? That’s the guy you have to work with five minutes later.’ That’s life. It’s not a complex message… We can only be complete when we work together.”
“The film centers on the relationship between Becket and Mori, but is not a love story in a conventional sense. Both are deeply damaged human beings who have decided to suppress their respective traumas. While learning to pilot their Jaeger, they undergo a process of “opening up”, gaining access to each other’s thoughts, memories and secrets. Their relationship is necessarily one of respect and “perfect trust”. Hunnam commented that the film is “a love story without a love story. It’s about all of the necessary elements of love without arriving at love itself”.
“What was great is the character of Rinko is [the] same as Charlie’s and had a big fall. They both lost a lot in the past and when they meet, one of the ideas in the script is that two people who are really, really hurt can become one, both in the realm of metaphorically or in life. They meet with their two empty pieces and connect almost like a puzzle.”
During the design process, Del Toro felt it was important to “honor” the kaiju and mecha genres, while also creating an original look. The film’s designers, Wayne Barlowe, Oscar Chichoni, David Meng, Simon Lee, and Francisco Ruiz Velasco were brought on board, but warned to not attempt to emulate the design of classic monster movies such as GAMERA, GODZILLA and THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS.
Over forty KAIJU designs were created with only nine appearing in the film. The designers felt that it was important to convey a range of different KAIJU that can be related to wildlife in the real world, including: insects, crustaceans and reptiles. Other animals were also used to influence the movements of the KAIJU including LEATHERBACK’s movements mimicking gorillas and OTACHI moving like a Komodo dragon in water.
Shane Mahan and Kate Hawley were hired by the production to produce a number of costumes for the film including the JAEGER pilot suits.
PACIFIC RIM PRODUCTION:
The filming of PACIFIC RIM began on November 14th 2011 and concluded in April 2012 under the names SILENT SEAS and STILL SEAS.
PACIFIC RIM was the first film that del Toro had shot a film in less than 115 days. This resulted in him having to work 18 hours days, 7 days a week, to maintain a tight control over every aspect of the film. Guillermo del Toro made the decision to not shoot or convert PACIFIC RIM in 3D:
“I didn’t want to make the movie 3D because when you have things that big… the thing that happens naturally, you’re looking at two buildings lets say at 300 feet [away], if you move there is no parallax. They’re so big that, in 3D, you barely notice anything no matter how fast you move… To force the 3D effects for robots and monsters that are supposed to be big you are making their [perspective] miniaturized, making them human scale.”
Oddly, del Toro later retracted this statement and announced that PACIFIC RIM would be converted to 3D. This process took 40 weeks longer than the average film.
INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC were hired to create the visual effects for PACIFIC RIM while LEGACY EFFECTS were hired for the special and practical effects.
Del Toro stated:
“That was one of the first words I said to the entire team at ILM. I said, ‘This movie needs to be theatrical, operatic, romantic.’ We used a lot of words not usually associated with high-tech blockbusters … We went for a very, very, very, very saturated color palette for the battle for Hong Kong. I kept asking John to tap into his inner Mexican and be able to saturate the greens and the purples and the pinks and the oranges.”
“The water dynamics in this movie are technically beautiful, but also artistically incredibly expressive. We agreed on making the water become almost another character. We would time the water very precisely.’”
The score for PACIFIC RIM is composed by Ramin Djawadi who is also known for his work on PRISON BREAK, IRON MAN, RED DAWN and GAME OF THRONES. The soundtrack was initially released on digital download via AMAZON, with physical copies being released on July 9th 2013. The PACIFIC RIM soundtrack lasts a total of 53 minutes, 41 seconds.
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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PACIFIC RIM is written by Chris McCarron.