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New Pacific Rim featurette sheds some light on why there are two pilots for each Jaeger and how it works

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Just because the final trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's PACIFIC RIM was released last week doesn't mean nothing new from the film will be seen until it hits theaters. Warner Bros. has put out a featurette on the epic looking sci-fi movie and the focus is on how the pilots operate the massive Jaegers.

I don't think there's much new footage in the featurette (one or two shots tops) but the explanations on how the Jaegers work by Del Toro and actors Charlie Hunnam, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini and Rinko Kikuchi are pretty interesting. Some of it has been mentioned in previous trailers, such as how there are two pilots for every Jaeger and that the pilots are connected to each other through their memories. However we do learn from this featurette that when they pilots are connected it's called "the Drift" and when the pilots are drifting they can see each other's entire history, both good and bad.

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Some people have complained that it looks like the characters are going to be two-dimensional and lack depth. That is a valid argument since most of what we've seen from the movie so far has been Jaegers and Kaiju fighting, but maybe a lot of the characters' histories will be told while the pilots are drifting. And I'd like to think that with Del Toro directing that he'll make sure there is some sort of emotional attachment between us the audience and these characters.

PACIFIC RIM also stars Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Clifton Collins Jr. and Ron Perlman, and will be released on July 12th, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: It's almost like PACIFIC RIM and MAN OF STEEL are competing for the "Most Epic Movie of the Summer" award. Who do you think will win?

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9:18AM on 05/22/2013
While some have complained that this looks like it will be overloaded with CGI, I absolutely love that the interior set of the cockpit is all physical. The concept of "drifting" kind of reminds me of the "USB braids" in Avatar (though it seems to be a slightly less dorky take on that idea). I hope they don't rely too much on the idea of one pilot having full access to the other's thoughts and memories as a dramatic device.
While some have complained that this looks like it will be overloaded with CGI, I absolutely love that the interior set of the cockpit is all physical. The concept of "drifting" kind of reminds me of the "USB braids" in Avatar (though it seems to be a slightly less dorky take on that idea). I hope they don't rely too much on the idea of one pilot having full access to the other's thoughts and memories as a dramatic device.
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