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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…
"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…
Guillermo Del Toro's love letter to Japanese cinema completely renders Man of Steel redundant. Unsurprisingly it is explosive and features monstrously massive fights but for me, it is without doubt the most entertaining blockbuster this year and perhaps even beyond. Perhaps for a good number of years.
Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi are both excellent and although the rest of the cast are nowhere near as good as those two, they do good enough. Oh yeah, Ron Perlman's minor role was awesome. Undoubtedly the best blockbuster of the year and without doubt, among my favourites of the year.
I guess everyone has seen the trailers, and thus knows what the film is about but don't be fooled by the hints…
"One: don't you ever touch me again. Two: don't you ever touch me again."
Again, this film isn't perfect by any means. However, when your movie's main concept is 'Humans build fucking big robots to fight fucking huge lizards', I think you get a free pass to pass on the seriousness and instead try and make your film one of the most awesome things ever to exist. Which, as you can probably guess, Del Toro does in a gleefully over-the-top way. I mean, two of the main supporting characters are called Stacker Pentecost and Hercules Hansen. That should give you an idea of how seriously the movie takes itself.
However, on top of the sheer insanity that is the action…
Easy analysis. If you didn't enjoy this, your inner child is dead.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Pacific Rim is the surprise of 2013. An action-packed adventure movie with quirky characters in good old Spielbergian tradition. Micheal Bay should watch this and be inspired for the upcoming Transformes "reboot". 85%
a) Upon re-watching this (with the caveat below), the fun fighting and Charlie Day/Ron Perlman goofiness I like so much (and which is prime Hollywood Del Toro) kind of pales to how CRAZY BORING a lot of the Charlie Hunnam stuff is.
b) I pretended to be a snarky film critic from the 1920s while watching this, this time around, so you really shouldn't take what I say very seriously. Thank you Nick, Lucas, Stephen, Max, Mike, Lukas, Rachel, Kendra, Nastja and Paul let's do this again some time.
One thing I love about Del Torro is his films are original.
This film however is awful by his standards. Rips off alot of old monster movies, mixed with anime. The plot is boring and the script is awful.
Charlie Hunnam has proven time and time again he isnt a movie actor. He is great in his TV show but I have yet to see him in a good film.
Nice to see Charlie Day who is always fun. But this film is not up to standard of Del Torros past films.
Badly acted, poor plot and script and only decent special effects.
Was really looking forward to this but was extremely disappointed.
Want to watch a recent monster movie either wait for new Godzilla or get Cloverfield.
"Overrated, overblown, overdone overture of offal."
I don't really want to write twenty sentences, ripping this film to pieces. It's probably better that I just cut straight to the chase. Guillermo Del Toro is a good filmmaker. I really enjoyed 'Pan's Labrynth.' Del Toro's newest invention, 'Pacific Rim,' is not really anything to get excited about. Although it's an original concept, that doesn't make it a creative, valuable, or even entertaining one. Unlike what many critics said, this film features no eye candy. It has the same style of effects and design as the 'Transformers' and 'Godzilla' franchises. The only (and I mean only) good thing about this film is the fact that Ron Perlman made a short, cheesy appearance…
An enjoyable, if slightly forgettable love-letter to the Japanese mecha subgenre - this CGI-laden actionfest filled with towering Jaegers doing battle with Kaijus is guaranteed to entertain.
This film reminds me of a little bit of Kafkas 'the Metamorphosis'. Why? Well just imagine an anime movie which wakes up some morning just to discover that it transformed into a live action movie at night. I'm actually not that big into anime but even I discovered some elements looking quite familiar. This, together with a lot of stereotypical characters (jeez just look at the russians), could create a bunch of funny moments.
The strongest aspect of movie however are the great pictures and fight scenes. I really enjoyed watching the Gundam-things beating up the Dino-things. If you don't expect much more than that, the film is quite okay.
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- Before Midnight
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- The Rover
- The Master
- Only God Forgives
- Room 237
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