By Bryan Hood | With the exception of Michael Bay’s “Transformer” movies, giant robot sagas haven’t really spent much time up on American movie screens, instead relegated to television sets and computer screens of anime-obsessed “fanboys” like Wes Anderson. Guillermo del Toro plans to change that next summer with “Pacific Rim,” his first film since 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” As the trailer makes clear, if you think aliens are going to attack us from the sky, you’re dead wrong. They’re actually going to come out of an inter-dimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. And as aliens are wont to do, they’re going to destroy the earth once they get here. Fortunately, whatever time the movie is set is a time when mankind has the technology to build huge, skyscraper-sized robots to fight back (as advanced as the tech is for these man-made behemoths , someone still needs to pilot them though…). The movie looks grand and destruction filled, and based on del Toro’s abilities as a director capable of making you actually care about genre filmmaking, we think it’s going to be fun, but there still seems to be something missing. It might be that the clip’s dialogue (aside from a very serious voiceover) is limited to an Idris Elba pump-up speech (“Today we are canceling the apocalypse!”), but the movie, seems to be lacking the humanity that’s allowed the directors’ past efforts to stand out. Of course this is just a trailer, so don’t write it off yet. “Pacific Rim” is out July 12, 2013.
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