"Pacific Rim" was written by del Toro and Travis Beacham. In the movie, mankind is under attack by a race of giant monsters dubbed Kaiju. Kaiju is Japanese for "strange beast" and the film is an obvious homage to movies such as "Godzilla." Kaiju is also a term used to describe monsters in Japanese films.
Wikipedia's synopsis for the film is:
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the sea, a war begins that takes millions of lives and consumes humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers prove nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju.The events take place in the near future.
On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Much of the footage has been seen previously, yet the new trailer manages to portray the scope and size of the conflict. It also gives us somewhat of a timeline. We already knew that the first Kaiju attack took place on the Golden Gate Bridge, but now we know the second takes place in Manila. The third, the voiceover says, takes place in Cabo.
Then, we hear, mankind realizes that the attacks would not stop.
In order to fight monsters, we created monsters of our own.Jaegers, giant robots reminiscent of mechs from Robotech, Gigantor, and more, were made to fight the monsters, with the robots following the moves of dual neural-linked pilots who share memories, thoughts, etc.
In a speech reminiscent of Bill Pullman's "Independence Day" speech before the climatic human - alien battle, we hear Stacker Pentecost (played by "The Wire's" Idris Elba) saying:
Today, at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen to believe in each other. Today, we face the monsters that are at our door. Today, we are canceling the apocalypse!The film will hit 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on July 12. The movie stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke and Diego Klattenhoff.