How Pacific Rim Made Us Think Giant Robots Were Fighting Sea Monsters

Last year’s box office hit Pacific Rim pitted humanity’s last hope — gargantuan co-piloted mechas, known as Jägers — against a seemingly unstoppable race of city-sized sea monsters bent on destroying our world in two hours of special-effects laden mayhem.

Here’s how ILM managed to make these monsters — both good and bad — so terrifyingly realistic.