A Portal To Another World Indeed

See, it's a funny headline because the trailer very clearly features GLaDOS as the on board computer system for the giants mechas, in this first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. Which, I hope isn't a spoiler for how the film will turn out. Is this all just one big, loud, expensive looking Portal prequel? Because... no, I honestly wouldn't have a problem with that.

I do have a problem with a few things in the trailer though. As much as I love Idris Elba, and love seeing him using his real accent, his speech as cut here goes pretty heavy on the melodrama. The voiceover lays things out pretty clearly, but is also pretty terrible, and it removes any need for the trailer to introduce us to the human characters. And I think it contradicts the "we created monsters" tile, unless that was referring to the robots, in which case I'm more confused then I was. The robots too, especially that last shot, look very Bayformers, and that isn't a comparison you want to draw.

I do have faith in del Toro though. And to reaffirm that faith, this trailer makes no attempt to hide what either the robots or the monsters look like. I'll have more on this sort of behaviour tomorrow, but I'm glad to see a film that could have (and probably would have if any other director was doing it) teased us with the creatures between now and the spring, revealing cookie crumbs until the main event (see Cloverfield, and that nonsense). So while Star Trek Into Darkness is busting itself keeping Cumberbatch's identity secret, del Toro is over here saying "you want to see a big friggin' monster, here you go. Come see the movie for more of this big friggin' monster." And I appreciate that tact.

So long as the monsters are killed FOR SCIENCE!
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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