Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clfton Collins, Jr., Diego Klattenhoff
Release Date: July 12

Before Peter Jackson reclaimed the throne to direct The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, fanboy favorite Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth) was, at the time, hard at work in pre-production to helm the current box office smash. When he stepped off the project, rather than go back to the world of Spanish-language indies, del Toro opted to give another Hollywood blockbuster a try, one that's basically Godzilla vs. Transformers.

Not that we're complaining. Although it reeks of familiarity, Pacific Rim has all the ingredients for a badass summer tentpole: first-rate CGI, wall-to-wall action, and a likable cast of gifted character actors (including Idris Elba, Sons of Anarchy duo Charlie Hunnam and Ron Perlman, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia funnyman Charlie Day). And if anyone can turn a potential Transformers knockoff into something transcendent, it's definitely the ever-imaginative del Toro.