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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…
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…
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…
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…
After listening to all the hype about this movie from family, friends and internet people, I think I was the victim of overhyping because I was not really impressed.
Without the enormous CGI budget, this film would be a pretty bad monster B-movie. Although a couple of the characters were developed, I didn't really care about any of them enough to create an emotional connection.
One and a half stars of this rating go directly to Charlie Day, who plays the most entertaining and human character in the entire film. The rest of the characters are mere caricatures or archetypes.
Maybe I just missed something that most got out of the film, but it's a good movie to just empty your brain with and watch the pretty pictures and explosions.
Really, whats not to love? Its essentially Godzilla vs. Transformers in a battle royale on steroids. Its CGI eye candy of the highest order.
This movie is something out of a Michael Bay wet dream that Bay him self could never hope to achieve, he after all, has nothing on Del Toro.
Perhaps the blockbuster is not actually dead.
I honestly cannot understand how Del Toro, a director I really like, who made the awesome Hellboy movies, could make a film about robots and monsters beating the crap out of each other and make it so completely dull! That is a disappointingly impressive accomplishment.
This was a two hour long snoozefest. Sure, the visuals did look cool in parts, but there was not one single funny moment, even though they tried, so it ended up feeling like an earnest film about a stupid subject. Sort of like a Michael Bay movie.
So very disappointing and the only reason I watched to the end was because I was hoping beyond hope that someone would kill Charlie Day; that would have put a smile on my face. Spoiler alert: :(
Drawing upon the Kaiju, Mecha and Monster Movie genres, Guillermo del Toro's homage aims to be something more than just robots punching monsters. The characters and acting are nothing special but there's some quite interesting ideas and concepts here...
However, the main draw is of course the spectacle. I was watching it on a 3D home cinema type set up so it definitely delivered in that regard. It's most successful when the battles happen on land as the sense of scale and level of destruction is at it's most impressive. Early skirmishes are a little bit lacking but generally the set pieces work, helped by great visuals and effects.
This is big, quite fun and tries not to be too dumb. 6/10.
Just a little something for your inner 12 year old.
I liked this more than Transformers, but that's not a high bar. Its visually stunning and the direction is impressive. This director knows how to frame a shot unlike Michael Bay. Take away all the effects and there's not much left to keep my interest.
I saw the trailer and hoped it would have some depth to it along with the action, but I was wrong. Not much of a backstory or a reason to care here. This felt like Independence Day without all the fun. Acting didn't bother me since I didn't expect much. Actually that ending really reminded me of Independence Day.
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This puts Transformers in the fucking dust.
Pacific Rim is a good old summer blockbuster with big scale, huge robots, cool SFX, and it's directed by Guillermo del Toro. What more do you need?
Pacific Rim is a story about kaiju (not Godzilla) who invade our world and wreck havoc on the globe. In order to combat these fucking things, the world's best military from around the globe created a new offensive program....
Build giant robots, and kick monster ass. Simple.
del Toro has a special feel for Sci-Fi and fantasy. If you haven't seen the Hellboy films or Pan's Labyrinth, you're missing out. del Toro is a kick-ass director and this and those films prove his worth. Anyway...
Perhaps the most disappointing movie of my cinematic adventure (see also Prometheus). I wanted this to be so good - to be awesome, eye-popping, heartfelt.
It doesn't suck. But expectation versus reality left me sad.
It's been a while since I left the theatre with a raging erection, and this one would not go away. The most entertaining and exciting movie I've ever seen. No bullshit, just cuts right to the chase. The ultimate monster movie.
Watching on an iPad removes some of the impact of large hulking machines towering over a city. Something I expect will happen with the new Godzilla.
What it doesn't remove is the sheer fun I had watching. There's hokey science and inconsistencies but I couldn't care less about them. Ron Perlman is here hamming it up because he's awesome. You've got mad scientists, brusque generals and huge fuck off robots having almighty scraps with humungous monsters that look like nothing on this planet.
This is the film Robot Jox wanted to be. Sort of.
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