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…
"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…
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…
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…
Pacific Rim was so much more than I hoped it would be. I avoided all of the hype before this film's release and went in with a clean slate, without having seen any trailers or anything, and holy fuck was I ever impressed by this film. From beginning to end, del Toro has crafted what might be the greatest summer blockbuster of all time. Pacific Rim is a fanboy's wet dream, but is also incredibly appealing to a general audience.
First and foremost, del Toro embraces the high concept premise and heightens it to its most pure form. The action scenes are immaculately crafted and very well shot. Every scene is framed perfectly and never devolves into the Nolan-effect--no bad…
"Pacific Rim" is the relatively high brow alternative to the "Transformers" movie for the slightly discriminating fan boy. If such a thing exists.
The movies is beautifully shot and there are no bouncing boobs running around yelling out the protagonist's name. But other than that, this is an impossibly stupid movie that is a Frankenstein's monster of summer event movies and would be blockbusters. There are storylines, characters, designs, monsters etc., that are stolen from "Armageddon," "The Abyss," "Transformers," Godzilla," "Independence Day," "Blade Runner," "Star Trek," "Star Wars," "Real Steel," among others. And that is without thinking about it too hard. The film does not require thought nor does it deserve it. Despite how technically well made and beautifully shot…
2nd Time still a charm! <3 Had to watch something cool and fun after "Star Terk Into Blandness"...
I have watched and enjoyed many films with ridiculous premises. Most superhero movies fit that bill. With them, I can compartmentalize the underlying goofiness of what I am watching if the story, characters, and various mechanics are engaging enough. With "Pacific Rim," I never found anything engaging. This lack of interest made the ridiculous premise seem even more pronounced. Ten-year-old me might have found a bunch of glorified transformers fighting big scary monsters interesting. But without any effective delivery system nor anything else to recommend it, this film bored my adult self pretty thoroughly.
'Pacific Rim is the Hollywood blockbuster we need but not the one we deserve right now'.
This pretty much sums up the film and it's fate at the Box Office (domestically). A very cool, very nerdy homage to Japanese Kaiju films of the yesteryears that packs a helluva punch but understandably lacks the emotional depth to deliver it in a awe-inspiring package that will leave the audiences enthralled.
Thankfully, It takes its gimmicky tech and myths seriously and Del Toro's conviction in them totally pulls it off. Because frankly, Travis Beacham's story isn't the brightest idea for a summer release.
Then there are the little plotholes (like how the hell do they make it back through the Breach without piggybacking…
Because of Del Toro's name this film probably got an easier critical ride than the Transformers movies, but to people not familiar with its source material the differences seem slight. Giant robots are built to destroy giant monsters that have appeared from the Pacific Rim. The visuals are stunning, but in the end this is just big robots hitting big monsters, and in the end the effect is numbing
Guillermo Del Toro has, first and foremost, been a visual director. Be it Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy or Hellboy 2 his level of visual flair is unsurpassed. More than that as evident from Pan’s Labyrinth, he’s also equally skillful in storytelling. Believe me Pan’s Labyrinth is as twisted a simple fairytale can get. But he’s had his fair share of hit and misses as well *cough* Dont be Afraid of the Dark *cough*. You know he’s a good director when Peter Jackson himself chose Guilermo for directing The Hobbit trilogy. Unfortunately The Hobbit landed back in the hands of its own foster father than a step-dad. Its been 5 years since Guilermo’s directed a movie. People thought he’d make a comeback…
Rocket elbow, nuff said. (This is a fun movie)
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