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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 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…
This was a blast. Del Toro's vision for the film's apocalyptic world has his unique, creative imprint all over it, which is a great thing - the visuals are joyously vivid, and almost every scene is brimming with little details that make the whole film pop with life. Rinko Kikuchi is a badass, and I want to see her in more movies like this. Idris Elba is also a badass. Charlie Hunham is, um, not bad, although his accent tended to slip here and there, plus his character arc is by far the least interesting or compelling of the three. But again, the special effects and design work were top-notch, and ironically for a movie about giant monsters vs. giant robots, the whole thing was pretty light on its feet, and didn't seem to be too burdened with unnecessary grimness. Definitely recommended.
I really liked Bubblegum Crisis a lot as a younger version of myself. Mechs were cool. I think the Toho studios film ouevre is pretty cool. But this film had such an insanely high hurdle to clear for me. I'm not sure if it was the silliness of the insanely large robots fighting the large monsters, or the quarter billion dollar budget and the knowledge as to the compromises that entails, but this was a tougher sell to me than 90% of "difficult" cinema. That said: It's pretty close to great. Standard disclaimers apply. Non-Idris (weird Perlman cameo excepted, of course) acting is terrible, and the script has some terrible lines, but that just means that when Idris does forcefully…
Now, if you were to tell me that a robot action film was going to ever be in my top 10 films of 2013, I would have guffawed with pretentious dismissal. But that’s all changed after watching Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.
With this film, del Toro has brought back the glossy wow factor. When you see the sheer size of the robots or the fantastical, gorgeous creations that are the monsters – you are instantly reduced to a ten year old full of wonder and astonishment. It’s something that has been overlooked by all the CGI blockbuster films that come in and out every year with set pieces all cut from a similar cloth – but here, whilst narrative…
Thesis and Lecture Screening:
I presented a talk on Pacific Rim for the Action Cinema class offered by the Film Studies department. Even though I have seen PR at least ten times, another viewing never hurts before a presentation.
Really takes me back to the days when I fought kaiju in giant mech robots.
This is a film that's so much fun and a fantastic visual spectacle. It's story leaves a bit to be desired and I still question the running time, but it's the kind of film that almost begs you to say "eh, who cares, we're seeing giant mechs beat up monsters.
Excellent effects and a fully realized world. The action is far better than, say, Transformers, keeping you involved throughout. The main character is dull, but the supporting cast is excellent and there are some great visual wonders on display here. A few plot holes here and there, but nothing to detract too much from what is, overall, an enjoyable experience involving robots, aliens, and some unique scientific elements.
Like Gareth Edwards's Godzilla, Guillermo del Toro compliments the overwhelming visuals and scenery-destroying action of Pacific Rim with genuine personality. Hardly a single secondary character is throwaway, and the monsters - as spectacular as they are - are just as fussed over as their human counterparts.
But what works in del Toro's favour most of all is his totally antithetical approach to the kind of film that Michael Bay has previously tainted. There's barely an instance of product placement or number crunching here and the films central female character is more than just a walking Victoria's Secret advertisement. That said, the narrative feels as clunky and maladroit as its robotic figureheads; yet, it's no punishable crime on the filmmakers' part given the movie's blockbuster baggage.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
If you think this is transformer think again this is based on a video game (expecting since mortal kombat is based on video games and turn terribly wrong) i give points for this movie
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