Pacific Rim is a 2013 American science fiction monster film directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by del Toro and Travis Beacham, and starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman. The film is set in the 2020s, when Earth is at war with the Kaijus, colossal monsters which have emerged from an interdimensional portal on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. To combat the monsters, humanity unites to create the Jaegers: gigantic humanoid mecha,
each controlled by two pilots whose minds are joined by a neural
bridge. Focusing on the war's later days, the story follows Raleigh
Becket, a washed-up Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and teamed
with rookie pilot Mako Mori as part of a last-ditch effort to defeat the
Del Toro envisioned Pacific Rim as an earnest, colorful
adventure story, with an "incredibly airy and light feel", in contrast
to the "super-brooding, super-dark, cynical summer movie". The director
focused on "big, beautiful, sophisticated visuals" and action that would
satisfy an adult audience, but has stated his "real hope" is to
introduce the kaiju and mecha genres to a generation of children.
While the film draws heavily on these genres, it avoids direct
references to previous works. Del Toro intended to create something
original but "madly in love" with its influences, instilled with "epic
beauty" and "operatic grandeur". The end credits dedicate the film to Ray Harryhausen and Ishirō Honda, who helped to establish the giant monster genre with films such as The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and Godzilla respectively.
The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. It was released on July 12, 2013 including releases in 3-D and IMAX 3D,
receiving generally positive reviews; the visual effects and action
sequences were highly praised. The film was a moderate success in the
United States, but was highly successful in other territories, earning
more than $407 million worldwide.