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To Fight Monsters, We Created Monsters
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed-up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
It pains me to write this. After a series of blockbuster disappointments the fate of the summer of cinema rested on the hefty shoulders of the ever reliable Guillermo del Toro and for once he let me down. Forget about giant monsters battling skyscraper high robots, the real conflict occurred between my inner 11-year old and disillusioned adult self. Throughout the film I wrestled internally as I desperately willed myself to love it yet, in the end, even my inner child had to concede that Pacific Rim was not the saviour we had hoped.
It is hard to explain quite why it left me so unsatisfied when it delivered on its promise of beast versus machine action. It is the…
We're canceling the apocalypse!
Its official. Guillermo Del Toro has briefly restored my faith in the blockbuster.
Bold claim? Well, you will just have to see the film for yourself. I'll have to admit that when the trailers landed for Pacific Rim I was one of the guys who let out a little chuckle and rolled my eyes. But after reading some info, watching some interviews with Guillermo Del Toro, I feel like I had this breakthrough. An "aha!" moment if you will. This wasn't just another blockbuster; maybe it was, but this one seemed different.
It had a heart.
Sadly, a lot of summer blockbusters are shameless cash grabs that appeal to the lowest common denominator and…
There comes a time after forty minutes of repeated "that shot is awesome... that scene is awesome... that character is awesome.. that sequence was awesome... that monster looks awesome, that robot.....HOLY SHITSHITSHIT PRSHHHHHHHH CRASSHHHHH IS AWESOME!!!" where all that can be said is "this is awesome!!" for the next hour and twenty minutes. This is the case exactly with Pacific Rim, a film where the awesomeness is enough to cause tears of joy.
The creatures are stunning, the robots are miraculous, and Guillermo del Toro doesn't simply allow characters to be present, he finds them everywhere. The sets, the brilliant CGI effects, the design, and the fights are all characters, but the underlaying humanity that's injected into the Japanese monster-flick…
"Today we are canceling the Apocalypse!"
If you were to open up a dictionary and look up "Summer Blockbuster", you would find Pacific Rim as the definition. The directors and producers of Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel should be forced to watch this movie and takes notes on it. THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE!
Guillermo del Toro is a master. This was CGI done right. The visuals WOW; they were flat out epic. Eye candy at its finest. The way the Kaiju looked was just so cool. Not only was this a totally awesome action movie, there actually was character development and depth. The Jaeger Pilots weren't just random people fighting that you didn't care about. They all…
Holy fucking shit dude. Mind = blown.
Pacific Rim has the perfect balance. Adrenaline evoking action sequences, amazing visuals, diverse range of characters (with development) and it perfectly encapsulates peril and the urgency in it's plot and tone. In my opinion it's also a very self aware blockbuster, which thus makes it intelligent. The narrative may be messy at times, the actors are essentially B-List and some of the dialogue is cheesy (but quotable i.e. "WE ARE CANCELLING THE APOCALYPSE!"), but I think Del Toro knew exactly what he was doing. This isn't a cash-in or a money-grabbing film, it's a definitive blockbuster that no doubt wants to earn your well-earned money, and one that I felt deserved $180M to…
This is Epic Awesomeness. This is Monumental Awesomeness. This is as perfect a Summer Blockbuster can ever get. This is just Sheer Unbound Awesomeness!
As I am typing this review I am still feeling the enthrallment and shivering from the pulsating excitement I experienced while watching this earth shattering action apocalypse film. Right from the first scene, I had my eyes glued to the screen, because of everything in it. The ground breaking visuals, the rapidly progressing storyline almost gave me no time to even fasten my seatbelt for such an exhilarating journey. There is not even a build-up. Within two minutes into the film we are shown a Kaiju rampaging through a city. The ten minute prologue was…
Pacific Rim, also known as "Glorified Power Rangers: The Movie", is a huge letdown. You'd think that a movie from a good director and a decent-sized budget could afford to hired some actors with some actual talent. But instead, we get this talent-less bunch of nobodies that fail to provide even a little substance to the already shallow script. Even Idris Elba, who obviously isn't a nobody, appeared bored and gave little effort to his performance until the end of the film when he must have finally remember that he's a great actor. For some reason, the writers decided to add some jokes - none of which landed and only added to stupidity of the film. The only funny moments…
There seems to be a recent revival of the "kaiju or monster genre" of film, and I am pretty happy about that. That's not to say that I'm a fan of the old style kaiju movies, but I think it's a genre that is perfect for this day and age of CGI. There is so much you can do, and this movie is an example of that.
Guillermo Del Toro was certainly the right man for the job to do this film. His creativity really shines through, especially with the monsters, and it's great to see, especially if you saw it on the big screen. It's also a wonderfully colourful film, which is really visually appealing. The place where Del…
It pains me to write this review after expecting so much out of the movie. For me this film was quite similar to Transformers: Age of Extinction. More like a mix between that, and Godzilla.
The movie is staged off of a world effort to stop an alien-based species from dominating our planet. Its a typical alien apocalypse. In fact, most of this movie was "typical" to me. Relating to Transformers, all we see during the film is massive, skyscraper sized robots and creatures coming together to fight for Earth. One is defending Earth, the other is trying to rule Earth. The scene settings for this film were too similar to that of which we see in Transformers and Godzilla,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Delivers on its promise but is somewhat hampered by its own logic (i.e. fighting away from the civilians in the ocean robs the Jaegers and Kaijus of their biggest asset to cinema, their scale, something that outside of the Tokyo fight, is never actually realized outside of set dressing).
Hunnam is terrible, Pearlman and Elba are great, but at the end of the day it's one of del Toro's worst (though still enormously entertaining), and I can't wait for him to move on to bigger and better things.
Matt loved this **** 1/2
Watched this again with family in Michigan while on vacation. Just want to say that every time I see this I know it is a movie made for me and I can hardly think of anything I don't love about it. The score and thundering sound effects resound in my brain once again.
Awesome action scenes and special effects, but sadly this couldn't save the movie from the annoying and uninteresting characters and silly plot.
I LOVE THIS FILM - GIANT ROBOTS - GIANT MONSTERS. This really hit home with my inner teen boy. Yeah the dialog is hokey but what do you expect with visuals like these!
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