Late posting this to the site, but a couple weeks ago, to mark the release of director Guillermo Del Toro’s 10th film, The Shape of Water, I sit down with a close friend who happens to be the founder and runner of Del Toro’s official fansite, deltorofilms.com, and we discuss all of Del Toro’s films to date.
Story: In the year 2025, the Earth is in its 12th year of a deadly war with foreign creatures called Kaiju. They’re colossal beasts that appeared from a Pacific Ocean portal that acts as a gateway between dimensions. The Kaiju being hellbent on destroying everything in their path, the people of the world have pooled together their resources to create Jaegers, gigantic robots that dwarf city buildings. The Jaegers, piloted by two compatible pilots, kept the Kaiju at bay for years, but suddenly they aren’t enough. A final attack with everything the Jaeger program’s got is launched to stop the threat once and for all. If it fails, the world will be overrun by these creatures who may have more to them than mere chaotic destruction. Along with the few remaining Jaegers left intact, those joining the final taskforce are Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnman), a former Jaeger pilot who lost his brother/co-pilot in a battle with a Kaiju and has refused to fight since; Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), Becket’s new co-pilot who lost her family when she was just a little girl; Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), who’s heading the assault and is Mako’s surrogate father; Dr. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Dr. Hermann Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) two eccentric scientists who study Kaiju and estimate how long it will be until their next attack; Jaeger veteran Herc Hansen (Max Martini) and his cocky son Chuck (Robert Kazinsky); and two other sets of pilots, one from Russia and the other from China. Also reluctantly helping out is Hannibal Chow (Ron Perlman), a black marketeer who sells leftover remnants of Kaijus and who has no qualms about slicing you open or leaving you for Kaiju food if the mood suits him. Continue reading →