Like the kind of boyhood fantasy that delights in flying men and relishes dreams of dinosaurs, ‘‘Pacific Rim,’’ the latest film from director Guillermo Del Toro, is predicated on the simple, childlike thrill of seeing big ol’ robots and big ol’ monsters slug it out.
But while summer spectacles have grown ever larger in recent years, the monster movie — the original city-smashing genre — has mostly ceded the multiplexes to superheroes and more apocalyptic disaster films. But 14 years after Roland Emmerich’s forgettable ‘‘Godzilla’’ remake, Del Toro’s ‘‘Pacific Rim’’ constitutes a large-scale attempt to bring Japan’s beloved Kaiju movies — their monster films, of which Ishiro Honda’s 1954 ‘‘Godzilla’’ is the most famous — to American shores.
‘‘Monsters have always spoken to a part of me that is really, really essential,’’ Del Toro, the Mexican director of the Oscar-nominated ‘‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’’ said in a recent interview. ‘‘All of my life, I felt out of place. The tragedy of every monster in every movie is that they are out of place. That’s the essential plight of monsters.’’
In the 3-D ‘‘Pacific Rim,’’ which Warner Bros. will release on Friday July 12, the 25-story-high Kaiju emanate (as is tradition) from the sea one by one, each uniquely grotesque beasts. To combat these monsters and defend the coastlines of the Pacific, equally giant robots called Jaegers are built, each controlled by two brain-connected pilots.
Idris Elba stars as commander Stacker Pentecost who had been the commander of the Pan Pacific Defense Corp before the Jaeger Program was cut when the world leaders decided to shift their resources to other forms of defense. Now he leads those who are willing to stand with him in the Resistance. The actor calls his character “a lifelong soldier and a natural born leader. Pentecost will not give up, even though he doesn’t have much to work with against an increasing number of Kaiju attacks. But as a strategist and a soldier, his only job is to figure out how to survive and to win.”
Dreamworks is reaching the final stretch of promoting their latest animated flick “Turbo,” so they went ahead and released a final full-length trailer for their speedy snail adventure where an average garden snail (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) gets magically blessed with extraordinary speed and enters the Indianapolis 500 race.
“Turbo” also co-stars the voices of Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, and Ken Jeong, The film is due to hit theaters on July 17th.
DreamWorks Animation’s TURBO is the story of a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero, 5-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagné. Turbo’s obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an outsider in the slow snail community, and a constant embarrassment to his cautious older brother, Chet. Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living. He gets that chance after a freak accident when he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed. Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that IndyCar has to offer. Turbo is the ultimate underdog who achieves the impossible by refusing to let his limitations limit his dreams.
KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN
The most recent numbers released by multiple outlets indicate Kevin Hart’s stand-up comedy film has already earned $7.4 million in ticket sales during its first two days of release. “Let Me Explain” was probably approaching $29 million by last Sunday night.
Should Hart’s film — which was shot at a sold-out Madison Square Garden appearance last year — reach that goal during opening weekend, it would become the fourth highest stand-up comedy film of all time, behind only “Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip” ($36 million), “The Original Kings of Comedy” ($38 million) and “Eddie Murphy Raw” ($50 million).
That “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” is a big success, however, isn’t too shocking. Hart’s last stand-up comedy film, “Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain,” earned $7.7 million after release in September of 2011, this despite the fact that it never played in more than 300 theaters. “Let Me Explain” is in 876 theaters.
This has been a good year for Hart, who has a small appearance in “This Is The End” and also hosted the 4th of July festivities in Philadelphia.
The next few months could only make him a bigger star: Hart features in no less than five movies set for release in 2013 and 2014, including “Ride Along” (with Ice Cube), “Grudge Match” (with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone), “School Dance” (from director Nick Cannon) and a remake of “About Last Night” (with Paula Patton).
At this rate, it doesn’t look as if hart will have to explain that he has a checking and a savings anytime soon.