What is it about the Golden Gate Bridge that makes it a prime target for movie monsters?
Is it the color? Nothing enrages a fearsome beast like "international orange." Or the location? Easy access to the Pacific creates a hasty retreat to the ocean's salty depths particularly convenient. Maybe all those suspension cables make a really satisfying sound when they snap? Ripping apart suspension cables could be like the horrifically destructive monster version of popping bubble wrap.
Whatever the reason, epic mayhem along San Francisco's most famous span is a fairly common cinematic occurrence. The newly released teaser for director Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming summer blockbuster "Pacific Rim" is a welcome addition to the canon.
The clip, uploaded to YouTube earlier this week and titled "Breaking News: Kaiju Attack," shows patched-together news footage of a 300-foot tall monster laying waste the bridge. Then, since it was in town and had never actually been to Fisherman's Wharf, the creature stuck around to "cut a three mile wide path of destruction through the city of San Francisco before a barrage of missiles brought the giant beast down."
"Kaiju" is the Japanese term for "giant monster" (i.e Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera, etc.), and "Pacific Rim" seems to be Del Toro's big budget nod to the classic man-in-suit genre, although the director told the Los Angeles Times that he sees the film as his chance to "do something fresh...not a pastiche or an homage or a greatest hits of everything."
The plot revolves a team of humans piloting giant robots to fend off an alien invasion by huge monsters. It's essentially Godzilla meets Gundam meets Independence Day, and it stars the British roommate from Undeclared, Stringer Bell, Hellboy and Charlie from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
Yeah, we're excited.
The film's release date is currently scheduled for July 11, 2013.