Adds a whole lot to the world of Pacific Rim, but nothing much to the genre. However, it's super fast paced, which makes it not boring, although a bit hard to follow. The action is just plain amaze-balls and the characters are fun. Overall, it's an enjoyable experience, which makes big robots fighting even bigger monsters just as awesome, as the first film managed to do.
A genuinely disturbing sci-fi horror. And not only is it scary because of the ideas and some horrific scenes, but also all the things subliminal. Including the use of sound, imagery, atmosphere and even some of the things said or done by the characters. It all builds up to an unsettling and hard-to-forget experience.
Doug Liman, my man!
I don't even know where to begin with this one, it just had so much in it, and it was all handled with grace. The many but flawless-enough tonal shifts, the sheer ridiculousness of the true (!) story, Tom Cruise's excellently charming performance (Dear Tom, just quit Universal and go work with Liman for the rest of your career, please, thank you), the off-kilter directing style (surprisingly unconventional for such a mainstream flick), the laugh-out-loud humor,…
There are problems, I guess. The movie is flawed and there's no way around it. Some moments fell flat, some things didn't work, and the orc-racism was maybe a tad bit too much. BUT, the concept of the story is so goddamn amazing that I'm willing to let it all slide. I mean, the overall execution is good, especially comparing with 99% of the big-budget crap that Hollywood has been putting out recently. The world is so rich and well…