Ich hab mich neulich tierisch geärgert, dass Guillermo del Toro seine Lovecraft-Verfilmung „Berge des Wahnsinns“ geschmissen hat, weil die Studio-Ecexs auf PG-13-Brühe bestanden habem. Aber del Toro überrascht mich immer wieder. Ob sein neues Projekt Pacific Rim allerdings die PC-Welle nach dem Japan-Unglück übersteht, wird sich zeigen, aber hoffen darf man ja! Bei der Plotbeschreibung musste ich allerdings doch kurz an NGE denken.
PACIFIC RIM will give the Hellboy filmmaker the opportunity to create two worlds. The first is an alternate version of Earth in the near future, decades after a historic date in November 2012 when the first kaiju, a towering Godzilla-like beast, emerged from a hole in the Pacific Ocean and attacked the city of Osaka, Japan. The second is „The Anteverse“, another universe on the other side of that gaping portal, 5 miles below our ocean’s surface.
Since the first attack, the rim has been „spitting out“ a variety of gigantic monsters at an increasing rate, which then stride out of the ocean and begin destroying sea-bordering cities, like Tokyo and Los Angeles. In order to combat these monstrous, otherworldly menaces, the military developed the „Jaeger“ program, which trains teams of two pilots to jointly operate massive, building-sized mechanized suits of armor and high-tech weaponry. Within the first act alone, we are given enough detailed background on the god-like Jaeger systems, its shared neural piloting system (called „pons“), and the relentless beasts. But Beacham is an absolute master at immediately establishing characters and their conflicts. The central character is Raleigh Antrobus, 23, a skilled Jaeger pilot still wrestling emotionally with the loss of his co-pilot and biological brother, Yance, during a mission a year earlier. The ordeal has wreaked havoc on his mind spirit, leaving him with ghostly nightmares of the battle from the shared „pons“ experience. After the initial setup, the damaged hero is recruited to re-join the task force in Tokyo, where pilots are in demand, and team with a fellow „leftover“, 22-year-old female Japanese pilot Mako Mori. Naturally, the language barrier (among other things) presents an issue for the out-of-sync duo, meaning an even steeper learning curve for the unprecedented pairing. Meanwhile, Felicity „Flick“ Kincaid, a journalist and Yance’s former fiancée, circles the globe (ours) to discover answers about this mysterious rift and the origins of its intensifying threat.