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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…
I wanted to like this film. I had heard that it was fantastic. Del Toro has pleased me in the past. But this time, I couldn't. I did not like anything about this film. I found it hard to even watch the whole thing. Had I not been watching with my very young and naive cousin I would have stopped and taken several shots of whiskey to cleanse my mind. But I didn't. I'm stuck with this sour taste. The film presents itself as some grand rescue, meant to lift the viewer into realms never charted. I'll stay here on ground and take my chances.
So, it seems like we have yet another apocalypse movie. And this time, it seems like the threat is so severe that not even the Transformers will be able to stop it. Time for a new weapon then.
It's the not to far distant future and the world is once again coming to an end. There's been a portal found deep in the Pacific Ocean called the Breach. Giant monsters known as Kaiju are coming through the portal and terrorizing massive cities all around the Pacific Ocean. Tanks and jets aren't tremendously effective against these monsters. And so the Jaeger program is born. The Jaegers are giant fighting robots controlled by two pilots whose minds and memories are blended together…
I'm having trouble dissecting this film so I'm keeping it short and sweet. I wanted to like this movie A LOT. The monster against machine action was great and visually stunning. However, the plot was just silly and left me begging for the film to end. Watch it for the action and special effects but don't expect much more out of it.
What. The. Blimey? I usually love Del Toro films, but this was actually unwatchable - I couldn't finish it. Avatar meets Robot Jox meets an early ejection. Tosh and piffle of the most depressing kind.
Giant robots fight giant monsters and the plot isn't terrible. What more do you need?
Es wird kein Klischee ausgelassen, die Kämpfe sind geil, bisschen Pathos, Heroism, kühle Sprüche ("No pulse.") und ein fucking Öltanker als Meleewaffe! Hirn aus und Spaß haben. Nach Dredd der beste Spaßfilm die letzten Jahre und ich empfinde es als Genugtuung auch im Hirnaussektor nicht mit Eric auf einer Welle zu sein.
Ich finde folgendes Video fasst ganz gut zusammen, wie ein Film funktionieren sollte: thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/39964-nostalgia-critic-is-it-right-to-nitpick
Es war mir einfach herzlich blunzn, dass alles überhaupt keinen Sinn ergab, im gegensatz zu Transformers und ähnlichem Rotz.
Leider lief der nicht mehr in 3D und in einem kleinen Saal, was ich aber mit einem Sitzplatz relativ weit vorne zu kompensieren versuchte.
Okay, so, yes, there are elements of this film that are ridiculous on the face of it, and other elements that are ridiculous as soon as you think a moment about them ...
But, hell, it's a Giant Robot and a Kaiju movie, and it does splendd as both. The robotic stuff is marvelous, believable and feelable. The kaiju bits are a bit more repetitive (the variations are not variable enough). But, damn, it's just as much fun as a movie set in usually dark, stormy, and/or underwater settings a flick as you can ask for, especially with giant robots and kaiju.
Acting: Perfect for a giant-robot-vs-kaiju melodrama.
Effects: Perfect and rockin'.
Writing: ... um, did I mention the acting, music, and effects?
On second viewing I found that I enjoyed "Pacific Rim" much more. While it still suffers the same problems (cardboard acting, trite plot, too long) I enjoyed the world a lot better the second time. The fight scenes played better on my TV than in theaters and I really enjoyed the use of color and lighting. Glad I gave it a second view.
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