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Toronto Makes the Opening Shot of Pacific Rim‘s First Trailer

The big-budget sci-fi movie, directed by Guillermo del Toro, was shot here. And you can tell.

Remember when Guillermo del Toro had the area behind City Hall decorated to look like Tokyo so he could film part of his giant-robots-versus-aliens movie, Pacific Rim, there?

Now, at last, we can see the outcome of that whole exercise, because the first official trailer for the film is out. It’s embedded above.

Toronto appears just for a brief moment at the very beginning. Watch carefully and you’ll see what appears to be a decimated Japanese city street with some fighter jets flying over it, guns blazing. It’s actually Elizabeth Street…with some fighter jets flying over it, guns blazing. (They are, obviously, computer generated.)

Here’s what the street looks like when it’s not all dressed up:

The movie—which is scheduled for a summer 2013 release—will hopefully fare better than the last big sci-fi movie shot here, the Total Recall remake, which was a flop with critics.

But Total Recall didn’t have giant robots. So maybe that was its problem.

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  • https://paul.kishimoto.name/ Paul Kishimoto
  • 416adam

    Why would they even bother to film in Toronto for that scene in that movie?

    • Anonymous

      The movie was filmed here. They didn’t need to go out of their way.

    • MrOrnot

      Capacity, Talent, and tax credits. You should look into the breadth of our industry here – it’s quite substantial.

    • Anonymous

      They were already here to film the rest of it on sound stages, so it was probably cheaper to dress up a Toronto street than to build one that might only appear in one scene.

    • Anonymous

      They needed a decrepit streetscape. Toronto has nothing but.

  • Anonymous

    The movie—which is scheduled for a summer 2013 release—will hopefully fare better than the last big sci-fi movie shot here, the Total Recall remake, which was a flop with critics.

    It made money, didn’t it?