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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 review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
Numbers are the closest we get to the handwriting of God.
I really, really like this movie
Finally bought the blu-ray for the sake of special features. Rewatched it first with Guillermo's audio commentary and you realize just how much passion he's put into the film. Some key moments were:
He and Travis Beacham wrote a 300-page essay on the eloquently named "Bone Slums" in Hong Kong, emphasizing the potential on the community around it such as the scavengers and Kaiju worshippers.
He compared the film to a sports movie. What.
Moments of scale comparison between jaeger and moped (and seagull and that ball thing in the office).
A good 5-10 minute history lesson on kaiju and mecha films.
He mentioned Mazinger Z.
Color palette of Raleigh (amber and warm earth tones) and Mako (blue just blue everywhere with a smudge of red)
THE SHOE IS THE HEART OF THE FILM
The special effects were very impressive but that failed to make up for an otherwise bad film. Most of the characters were two dimensional. It seemed to drag on far too long. I didn't really care what happened.
This movie seemed like a cross between Power Rangers and Top Gun.
I have always said this movie is an adult Power Rangers. One thing I don't understand is why the robots are always humanoid. Seems to me you could make several other better designs.
I also find it weird that the most effective weapon was a sword. Missiles and cannons did not have a large effect but one sword swipe would end it all.
PS Bill Pullman's speech in Independence Day was better than Idris Elba's speech.
Definitely the proof that the right director can use the same cliches like everybody else, but make them fun.
Scriptwise it doesn’t invent anything new, but it lets its characters breathe (although in case of Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi maybe a little bit too much), builds a detailed world around them and gives its comic relief characters an important subplot. Not to mention that the fight scenes are fun, although I wish there would be more of them.
All in all not del Toro’s best film, but definitely one of the most watchable giant robot movies.
Really enjoyable, perfect movie for a too hot summer night. Now I'm actually excited for a sequel.
Puro entertainment americano, con sus virtudes y sus defectos, a saber; entretenida, cuidada y espectacular y por el otro lado guión simplón, metraje excesivo y orgía de efectos especiales.
The only thing that makes sense about this movie is how awesome it is.
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