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2013: Year Of The Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Movies

Patrick Hyland Patrick Hyland
December 15th, 2012 1:00pm EST

Pacific Rim

"Pacific Rim" was a bit of a sleeper trailer, easily lost among the other two big post-apocalyptic hits, but exciting none the less. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim already boasts an impressive visual style on a Godzilla-esque scale.

Plot Summary: Aliens didn't come from the stars; they came from within the planet. A portal to another realm cracks open deep beneath the sea, and monsters of truly staggering size surfaced and (as all good aliens do) started to destroy everything within sight.  Having never fought anything remotely like this, humanity is forced to band together in a coalition to form a defensive initiative. The most logical solution? Giant robots piloted remotely by warriors wearing digitized cyber suits.

Why it's cool: While the theme of aliens versus giant robots goes waaaaaay back (Voltron, Power-Rangers, you name it) it somehow never loses its charm. Something is always appealing about collossal aliens and gargantuan robots kung-fuing their way across desolate cityscapes with no regard to the collateral damage along the way. Guillermo del Toro as a director means the movie will have a dark, subdued visual style (which it does) and the entire presentation seems to be nothing less than absolutely epic. The CG is top notch, and the presentation is flawlessly executed i nthe trailer, if not for a bit of cliche' dialogue. Still, to say that this isn't an adrenaline-fueled, testosterone-injected adventure would be an outright lie. Also, gamers might find a very familiar voice in this trailer, specifically, the voice of one sarcastic, sociopathic robot (skip ahead to 47 seconds if you're THAT impatient.)

Official Release: July 12, 2013

Director: Guillermo del Toro

When an alien attack threatens the Earth's existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.

 


2013 is shaping up to be quite a blockbuster year.
The suspense is killing me. I hope it will last.

 

Photo Credits: Columbia Pictures; Warner Bros.;