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Don’t worry about tracking, check out new “PACIFIC RIM” poster and clips instead

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We’re just under two weeks out from a brand new Guillermo del Toro film, and it’s a massive one at that. The powers that be have seemingly understood his immense talent and provided a real expensive playground in which to set his monsters vs. mechs opus. In the last week, however, despite a flurry of positive word and no-brainer excitement, the trade Variety reported the film wasn’t tracking so hot, meaning general audiences weren’t anticipating the movie with much fervor. Does that matter? Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull doesn’t seem to think so, and in fact, he’s wondering why we’d care.

Speaking to Shock Till You Drop, Tull says, “Audiences that have seen the movie, love the movie. I think in our core audiences and, sort of, the fanboy groups that want to see the movie…we have seen tracking wildly on all of our movies so, at this point, all we can say to audiences is if you go see this movie, you’re going to love it and you’re going to tell your friends – that’s all we can do. The other stuff, it has almost become like sporting events. Every weekend, it’s so wildly reported on and now even opining about tracking, which is kind of weird to me. I can tell you, when I was a kid and STAR WARS came out, I wasn’t like, ‘I don’t know, the trailer looks cool, but the tracking sucks.’ I don’t know what that is.”

Box office prognosticating is kind of a silly game, and it’s not something that’s worth wasting time with. If we want to see something do well (which is why I’d suspect anyone’s worried or interested in tracking), it’s a matter of support and PACIFIC RIM — an original science fiction monster production from Guillermo del Toro —looks to deserve it. It looks great in both its giant scale, and its human heart, which we’re seeing emerge through new clips. The end of last week saw introductions to some of the Jaeger pilots and commanders of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps, with Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost, Charlie Hunnam’s Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kickuchi’s Mako Mori. Now, we’ve got a look at the spectacularly-dressed Ron Perlman character, Hannibal Chau (these names!), a black market vendor dealing in Kaiju parts. Charlie Day’s Dr. Newton Geiszler has come to him for a Kaiju brain, and in turn, teaches us a bit about how they operate.

The second clip below is full on fighting. Raleigh, Mako and their Gipsy Danger take on a big bad thrashing around a shipyard and letting him have it with an Elbow Rocket. It is fun, stomping stuff.

PACIFIC RIM is out July 12.

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