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'Pacific Rim' more than just great visual effects

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Imagine a world where humans pilot colossal robots to battle gargantuan sea monsters. That's the world created by director Guillermo Del Toro in his new sci-fi action flick, "Pacific Rim." And at the film's European premiere in London, even the carpet is unusual.

'Pacific Rim' more than just great visual effects. 

Yes, that would be a blue carpet. Quite a different twist on a red carpet premiere, and well suited for a movie that takes a different twist on the sci-fi genre. Cast-members of the new film "Pacific Rim" join director Guillermo Del Toro, and speak of their admiration for the director's unique vision.

Idris Elba, actor of "Pacific Rim", said, "Yeah, I mean I think what he adds is a depth and a level of integrity that isn't just about CGI. The heart of this story is a human story. There's great actors and there's a great sort of feeling of presence from us but the film is spectacular. The scale is something that you need to see."

Charlie Hunnam, , actor of "Pacific Rim", said, "I mean I think the thing with Guillermo (Del Toro) is that he lives and breathes this type of stuff. He loves monsters and robots. He goes to sleep at night thinking about this stuff so really this world comes from his heart."

As for the monsters, it's not the first time Del Toro has created such things for the big screen. In fact, most of his films involve grotesque creatures of some kind or another. So what is it about Del Toro that makes him able to create such great monsters?

Del Toro said, "Because I'm a complete and strange freak. I love them. In my life institutions have failed me, people have failed me, monsters have never failed me."

"Pacific Rim" is set to be released in China on July 31st, and it's already gaining major industry buzz for its incredible visual effects. As a bonus, actor Idris Elba is bringing some buzz of his own by portraying former South African leader Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."


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