As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

Director:

Guillermo del Toro

Writers:

Travis Beacham (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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1,427 ( 267)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Hunnam ... Raleigh Becket
Diego Klattenhoff ... Yancy Becket
Idris Elba ... Stacker Pentecost
Rinko Kikuchi ... Mako Mori
Charlie Day ... Dr. Newton Geiszler
Burn Gorman ... Gottlieb
Max Martini ... Herc Hansen
Robert Kazinsky ... Chuck Hansen (as Rob Kazinsky)
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Ops Tendo Choi
Ron Perlman ... Hannibal Chau
Brad William Henke ... Construction Foreman
Larry Joe Campbell ... Construction Worker
Mana Ashida ... Young Mako
Santiago Segura ... Wizened Man
Joe Pingue ... Captain Merrit
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Storyline

When monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. 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. Written by Del Torro

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To fight monsters we created monsters See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Travis Beacham, the screenwriter, got the idea for the movie while walking along the California coastline on a foggy morning. The shape of the pier looked like a creature rising from the water, and he imagined a large robot waiting on the shore to battle it. See more »

Goofs

Russian surnames take masculine and feminine forms. So the female pilot Lt. A. Kaidanovsky should really be Lt. A. Kaidanovskaya. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Raleigh Becket: [narrating] When I was a kid, whenever I'd feel small or lonely, I'd look up at the stars. Wondered if there was life up there. Turns out I was looking in the wrong direction. When alien life entered our world, it was from deep beneath the Pacific Ocean. A fissure between two tectonic plates. A portal between dimensions. The Breach. I was fifteen when the first Kaiju made land in San Francisco.
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Raleigh Becket: By the time tanks, jets and missiles took it down, six days and 35 miles later, ...
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Crazy Credits

A war room map of the Earth opens up at the Pacific area, representing the Breach (with some Pan Pacific Defense Corps badges falling in), and revealing the film title. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the North American release, the scene where Mako is introduced has her and Raleigh speaking in Japanese. Some international releases have this scene dubbed in English - not in Denmark and Norway though, where the Japanese is intact. To the exception of France where all Japanese dialogs are subtitled even in french dubbed versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in PWN: Interstellar: PWN #1 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Like Your Tenderness
Written by Liang Hong Zhi
Executive Produced by Ivy Wang and Mathew D
Performed by Luo Xiaoxuan
Courtesy of R2G Music/Coden Music
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User Reviews

 
Beats from beginning to end
8 August 2013 | by sebasmendozacrSee all my reviews

Lately movies that claim to be monsters and action have proved a complete failure, and, to be honest I thought this was not going to be the exception.

Any change to see a real action movie with almost unstoppable battles monsters, and a dose of special effects so amazing you just leave you with your mouth open.

Of course, not everything is good, but entertaining plot is somewhat similar to that of other films: The hero gets a big pain that leaves the battle, then when the world needs the triumphant return finds the love of his life between the two due to the bad, the nearly died, and finally live happily ever after (like a soap opera).

We must clarify that thanks to special effects, battles, and good performances, the plot is not uncomfortable. I really think it's worth watching.


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Release Date:

12 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$190,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,285,325, 14 July 2013

Gross USA:

$101,802,906

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$411,002,906
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