We Can Get Behind A Movie Where Idris Elba and Charlie Day Save Humanity

Pacific Rim looks like any other major monsters-and-robots film from the past decade or so. There are Transformers-esque hybrid weapon-bot things, bridges being turned into heaps of twisted scrap metal, explosions and visions of a dark, post-apocalyptic America.

But Pacific Rim, whose early footage was well received at Comic-Con this year,also has a lot of things that most normal monsters-and-robots big-budget action movies do not have. One is Almighty Master of All Things Creepy Guillermo Del Toro directing what he calls “a very, very beautiful poem to giant monsters.” Two is Ramin Djawadi, who in addition to scoring the Iron Man films, is perhaps best known for his commanding theme tune for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

It also has Idris Elba giving a stirring speech about how “it’s time to cancel the apocalypse” and then using said robot to punch a sea monster in the face (and being in this role instead of Tom Cruise, which would not be nearly as cool), and Charlie Day hopefully continuing to be the Wild Card. (Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Rinko Kikuchi round out the noteworthy names in the cast.) Plus, can’t go wrong with some explosions. Of course, it’s also in 3D.

The trailer for Pacific Rim was released this week, and you can see it in all its explodey splendor below. The film will be released in July 2013.

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