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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.
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…
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…
This film kind of reminded me of a child of maybe about 5 or 6, sitting in his front room, playing with a couple of action figures that are having a big ole brawl. You know the kind. Lots of 'BWWWCCKKKHH' noises and smashing of plastic bodies and whatnot. Absolutely ridiculous and over the top, but the child is completely captivated by the power of their own imagination.
Del Toro has taken this imaginative play fight, covered it in more CGI than you can shake a computer generated chain sword at, and turned it into a breathtaking visual feast.
Sure, there's very little in the way of character development, the plot is fairly rudimentary, and it's more just a means…
If you like explosions, huge robots fighting even bigger monsters, and terrible story telling, Pacific Rim is the movie for you. I'm not gonna lie, this movie, isn't all bad. And by that, I mean, the action sequences where the best parts of the movie. Everything else SUCKS!!!!!!!! It sucks because of the actors. In every movie the actors are responsible for carrying the movie and enhancing the plot. They also provide the comedic banter and chemistry. In this movie the characters are so bland. They have no type of personality or identity other than being the pilots of a giant robot that fights giant monsters from another dimension. The giant NON-TALKING ROBOTS have more of an identity than the humans do.
Now that I've seen it, I definitely understand why so many people enjoy the crap out of this movie. And I can totally relate to the nerds out there who love to see some robot-on-alien fighting action. Really though, that's the best thing this movie has going for it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing either.
The action sequences in this movie are a spectacle to look at, and they help to create this world as an epic, stylistic place to be in. There are a plethora of eccentric character that are very memorable and help to make all the ridiculousness happening seem acceptable. This movie is very cheesy, let it be known, but that was just what the…
Disappointing. Expected a lot more. Some of the battles were good.
Evangelion and Godzilla
Well made fantasy blockbuster with coherent action sequences, and a proper use of CGI and other more practical effects. I'll say the biggest problem with the film is having a brotagonist with not much charisma, and not exploring more the rest of the characters. It keeps having a feel that this is a tease for something even better that never fully comes out. Also, is it just me or most of the kaijus look almost the same? Overall, solid fun, but there was potential for more. I do want a sequel.
There's a story in the first three and a half minutes of the film about humanity, having overcome the Kaiju, becoming prideful. Of the media turning Jaeger pilots from soldiers to celebrities and mankind rebuilding his empires without fear of repercussion, treating the terrors of the past with contempt. Yea.... that's not the movie. I'd like to have seen that one but this will suffice for now. Instead, Del Toro is pleased to hit the 50's sci-fi B-movie mark (among other genres) as closely as possible. He succeeds in that respect.
The film was totally mind-blowing!
50ft of awesome!
I loved the CGI in it, and I especially loved the monsterous fight scenes, totally epic!
The 3D conversion is excellent but the action sequences quickly wore me out on this rewatch.
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