about the film
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim was released in July 2013 and produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. On a budget of $190 million, it brought in $411 million internationally.
A rift between dimensions, the "Breach," opens in the Pacific Ocean in 2013. Through it, kaiju (giant beasts) emerge and attack humanity. When conventional weapons prove ineffective, and the only option available to destroy the monsters proves to be nuclear strikes, humans have no choice but to turn to another option: to build monsters of their own. They construct jaegers, giant robots, so large that they must be piloted by two people neurally linked in the "Drift," giving them a conduit to each others memories and feelings.
With the jaegers, humanity fights back against the kaiju and holds its own for several years, but in 2020 stronger kaiju begin coming through the Breach, and the jaegers begin falling one by one. By 2025, when the main action of the film takes place, all but four jaegers have been destroyed, and the apocalypse is at hand. The jaeger program has been disbanded in favor of building a giant wall around the coastline in hopes of keeping the kaiju out. (Yeah, let's see if that works.) Sounds like it's time for a last-ditch effort to save the world.