For one reason or another, even though Guillermo Del Toro has never had a box office smash hit, he is regarded (by some) as a masterful, genius, successful director. The facts are that he has never directed a box office hit. His most popular movie, Blade 2, took in a fair $82 million – and that much only because it was a fairly popular film.
When legions of 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, star of the British version of Queer As Folk) 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.
With a $200+ million budget, and a cast of C and D-listers, is the movie is on track to follow in the tracks of the 2012 box office bomb Battleship? Well, yes, almost.