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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…
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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…
I hate not liking this movie, because when I tell people, their defense is always just describing what happened in the movie and then asking how I didn't like it. "Dude! Robots fighting monsters! That one robot hits the monster with a submarine! How could you not think that's awesome?" Yes, thank you for describing what happened in the movie. Why didn't I think it was awesome? Because of literally everything else that happens. Watching it is like watching a fireworks display while standing under an active foghorn. There's lame characters, board-stiff performances (with three exceptions: Idris Elba, Ron Perlman and Charlie Day, none of whom are enough to save the movie), and a screenplay which plays out like it was written by a 10 year old. Honestly, beginning to end, it feels like something I would've come up with while playing with my Godzilla action figures as a kid. Maybe that was the point?
It almost lacks substance completely.
In the tradition of Godzilla comes the Guillermo del Toro epic blockbuster “Pacific Rim”. Del Toro has already impressed us with ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ so I had expected big things and thankfully this film didn’t disappoint.
When monstrous creatures called “Kaiju” that live beneath the seas come to rise to the surface humanity develops their own giant robots known as “Jaegers” to fight against the Kaiju. Yes the plotline is not new and monster films have existed for decades but it’s an overall fun movie. The film is overloaded with CGI but it appears difficult to use a lot of practical effects in this type of story. Add to that a mesmerising soundtrack and some awesome action sequences and you have…
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I can't say anything that hasn't already been said about this incredible movie, but, just wondering, can I rate this above five stars?
because the leads hug at the end instead of kiss? because Mako is such a badass protagonist who isn't sexualized and is fighting for her family? because Raleigh defies a lot things involved in the "dark, damaged guy" trope and is actually made of sunshine? because there's a black commander who stands up to the white subordinate even though other movies would have him back down because "the white guy is always right" in other movies? because the entire concept of piloting a jaeger is SO DAMN COOL? and the kaiju look AMAZING?
no? I can only give five stars? damn.
The pacing of this film is out of control, the CGI non-stop, and the dialogue is basically just shouted in hopes that we won't notice how poorly written it is...well I did notice.
There is a scene towards the very end of the film where we are looking at the ocean and it is very striking in that it is the first time we have seen a non-CGI'd-to-death frame. It is like a breath of fresh air after having been suffocated in a gas mask for 2+ hours.
The film ends like 30 seconds later...
Mechs vs. a ton of Godzilla wanna-bes. That was a great film
the jaeger looks like iron man's suit but in bigger size. coolllll!!
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A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.