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Listen to the BSE Podcast for "PACIFIC RIM" on iTunes!
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-script/id602272713?mt=2
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Filmmakers: Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro, Story by Travis Beacham
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The Script - Beat Sheet Edition: "PACIFIC RIM"
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Blake Snyder Beat SheetDavid Negrin's BEATs
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Opening ImageSpace, Underwater, dangerous.
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Theme Stated
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Set-up-Monsters called Kaiju are slowly attacking cities of earth, so we build Battle Machines called Jaegers to fight them hand to hand.

-Two pilots to a Jaeger, because the neurointerface is too intense, there's a Russian Pair, a Japanese, a British Pair, and an American Pair.

- FIGHT SETPIECE # 1 - Raleigh and his brother are the Americans, they pilot a Jaeger named Gypsy Danger. But in a battle with a Kaiju gone wrong, Raleigh's brother is killed.
-In the years after, a Coastal Wall solution becomes popular, and the Jaeger program is shut down.
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Catalyst-Marshall, the head of the Jaeger program, and one of the first pilots ever asks Raleigh to rejoin the program. The Coast Wall program is failling, the Kaiju are attacking more frequently, and the Jaeger Program is being jumstarted again.
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Debate-Raleigh refuses, doesn't want "anyone else in hs head"
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Break into Two-Raleigh accepts, goes to the Shatterdome, Jaeger headquarters.

-Marshall's new plan is to take the remaining 4 Jaegers and Nuke the opening where the Kaiju transport to earth. The Resarch team doesn't think it will work.
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B Story-B-Story - A research team of rival XenoBiologist and Mathematician are trying to determine the Kaiju's motives and weaknesses.

-C-Story - Sexy Mako Mori is a talented Jaeger training officer who thinks Raleigh's fighitng style is reckless. Mako is a true believer, with a secret past that makes her a liability to becoming a Jaeger pilot herself.
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Fun and Games-MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING SET PIECE - Raleigh takes on all the candidates for Jaeger partners. Mako evalutes his fighing styles as wreckless. Raleigh taunts Marshall into letting Mako fight, and when she does she kicks ass. Raleigh thinks she's the perfect choice, but Marsall forbids it at first, but then allows Raleigh & Mako to pliot Gipsy Danger.

-B-Story - XenoBiologist Newton executes a "drift" with the Kaiju and his own brain and discovers there goal is Master Alien colonists slowly taking over worlds. That the dinosaurs were a first attempt, but oops-- comet. But he needs more info, so Newton seeks out more Kaiju brain in a Honk Kong apothecary to do further experiments.

-DRIFT TRAINING SET PIECE - Mako's trainig goes poorly, gets lost in the "drift" and we see her childhood trauma comes from her city and family were destroyed by a Kaiju. But that she was save by a Jaeger, piloted by none other than Marshal in his early days-- he doesn't want her to fight because he thinks of her as a daughter.
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Midpoint-The Kaiju's start attacking cities of earth again, but more frequently, it's time to execute Marshall's plan. It's possibly Newton's drift with the 'Hive Mind' of the Kaiju alerted them to the plan, and accelerated their attack.
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Bad Guys Close In-FIGHT SET PIECE # 2 - The Russians & the Chinese double team the latest Kaiju, displaying their own special weapons. But in a unprecedented tactic, a second Kaiju joins the fight. The Chinese & Russian Jaegers are destroyed and the British team has to join in. Then the super Kaiju emits an EMP disabling the British Jaeger and Gipsy Danger is sent in as a last resort because its nuclear power and analog. Raleigh and Mako team up successfully (C-Story) and find their secret weapon, A SWORD, yeah baby... and vanquishes the remaining Kaiju.

-D Story - its revealed that Marshall has an illness, from fighting solo in the early Jaeger days.

-B Story - XenoBiologist and Mathematican steal a baby Kaiju brain to drift with together, put their differences behind them.
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All is Lost-2 Jaegers are dead, British father & son team are splintered-- Father can't fight, Son is disobedient. And the Kaiju are supposed to attack again soon, possibly 3 this time.
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Dark Night of the Soul-British father and son reconcile, Marshall decides to fight in the father's place though his health is in question, then gives a rallying Henry V speech -- "We're canceling the apocolypse."

-NEW INFORMATION: - the research team discovers that for the plan to work, a Jaeger will have to enter the portal with a Kaiju to get a bomb to the other dimension.


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Break into Three-British & Americna Jaeger's make for the "breach"
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Finale-FIGHT SET PIECE # 3 - Not two but three super powered Kaiju fight off the attack on the portal, the British Jaeger is lost, Marshal fairwell's his daughter Mako "You can always find me in the drift." -- but allows Gipsy Danger to grab on to a Kaiju, enter the portal, and DETONATE the bomb, before Raleigh and Mako escape in liferafts.
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Final ImageOn top of the water, safe.
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