Pacific Rim, the upcoming Transformers meets Mothra movie Guillermo del Toro will be bringing to you -- in 3D -- next July 12 (if you live in the United States or Canada), has had a recent test screening. Reactions to the special-effects-laden tale about the Great Battle between aliens vs. (human-piloted) robots, have been overwhelmingly favorable, so I've read. (Photo: Charlie Hunnam Pacific Rim. Please scroll down for more Pacific Rim images.)
Well, yes, if "overwhelming" means a handful of enthusiastic tweets including one by Looper director Rian Johnson, this year's DGA Award winner for the television series Breaking Bad, who (subtly) warned his followers not to forget their diapers before they go check out Guillermo del Toro's latest: "Go into Pacific Rim prepared to be transmogrified into a 12 year old. And then to pee your pants with joy. I love it so much."
Pacific Rim cast
Written by Guillermo del Toro and Clash of the Titans' Travis Beacham, Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam in the type of role that would have gone to Tom Cruise two decades ago. Also in the Pacific Rim cast: Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel), whose presence could be taken as an homage to the Japanese horror movies of the '50s and '60s, plus Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Robert Maillet, Max Martini, Diego Klattenhoff, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Ron Perlman. (See also: "Pacific Rim: Charlie Hunnam 'Male Bonding Energy'.")
Pacific Rim release dates
According to the IMDb, Pacific Rim opens in a couple of dozen countries on July 11-12. Those include the aforementioned U.S. and Canada, plus Argentina, Australia, Russia, Spain, the UK, Chile, and New Zealand. Later in July, Guillermo del Toro's action / horror flick will open in The Netherlands, France, Germany, and several other European territories. Curiously, Pacific Rim opens in Brazil only on August 9, while Japan has an unspecified July release.
Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim images featuring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, and robots via USA Today.