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  • paulywalnuts 5:53 am on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Guillermo del Toro, idris elba   

    Movie Review: Pacific Rim 

    Movie Review: Pacific Rim

    Oscar winning director Guillermo del Toro tries his best to breathe life into Pacific Rim, an Independence Day meets Transformers tale of monsters vs. robots.  A director can buy an awful lot of CGI with reportedly $180 million to toy with, but every so often you felt like del Toro burned through the money to create some flashy fight scenes and all that remained was out of place speeches and toy figures in a bathtub, splashing about with no direction.

    The movie begins roughly 7 years into an alien attack on Earth … the slowest moving alien attack in movie history, mind you.  The aliens came not from outer space, but from a dimensional portal in the bottom of the sea.  Human technology is powerful enough to both map the rift and track the tunnel that the monsters (Kaiju) are coming from, but apparently not good enough to seal and/or destroy the tunnel.  In Independence Day fashion, the nations band together for a solution – giant robots (Jaegers).  Some characters are introduced without giving more than 2 minutes of background, if that.  Some tragedy occurs, someone gives a speech, and after two hours and almost 11 minutes into the movie … we’re still at the same place we began.

    For a director that tried so hard to win an Oscar with Hellboy II, and actually won an Oscar with Pan’s Labrynth … del Toro couldn’t do much to save this sinking ship.  Put aside that the Jaegers mostly fought over water and were probably creating tsunamis on the coasts they were supposed to protect … never mind that humanity could create trillion dollar fighting machines but couldn’t evacuate its coastal cities … not much happened in this movie.  Even great roles by Charlie Day and Ron Perlman got bogged down by half awake acting in the lead characters.

    The movie was more cluttered with formula (a Jaeger from each big country where this movie would like to make money, a weak love story) but nothing new.  No one that has seen Transformers or Iron Man will be amused by the CGI.  No one that has seen Independence Day will give a damn about the plot, especially since it wasn’t as good.  Seriously.  And no one that has seen Godzilla vs Mothra will care about the fight scenes.

    I went in not expecting much and I got what I paid for.

    IMDB Rating:
    70 out of 100

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating:72% of critics like the Director enough to give him a pass on this one

    This (grooms)man’s Rating:
    3 out of 10 … don’t see it unless you’re in a club and the movie is on mute in the background


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    • Winkelvi Twins 5:08 am on July 15, 2013 Permalink

      Paulywalnuts, totally agree with you. I m a giant robot to save mankind fan. I had high hopes when hearing about it. But then the trailer came out and it went downhill from there. Has there been any Hollywood Movie precedent for this? I can t recall any now which puts more weight on Del Toro to do well. Say you don’t know anything about Japanese culture such as, Godzilla, Anime, basically their mythical culture that invents things like this. In America you still got dubbed versions of Voltron, Robotech, and even America’s The Power Rangers. Even the Power Rangers plot was better than this. Hey I m being harsh but Del Toro you dropped the ball on this one. Actually Real Steel was better than this. I m losing faith in society when this movie is getting rave reviews from big important people. Critics praised the romance. But there was not one kiss. Mr. Freeze had more romance than the cast put together. Amongst all the silly impractical things that occur in the movie the fist bump into palm before the fight was ludicrous. The thing I did appreciate about the film was the exploration into the psychology of the Jaeger (bomb) pilots. But still not enough.

      Slight detail, they had Tom Morello play guitar on the score of the film. Mind you he is the awesome guitarist from Rage against the Machine. Ironic yes. Whats more ironic than that you ask? He played a ‘guard’ but he was basically one of the terrorists in Iron Man I when Tony Stark is in jail.

      If you really want to watch the best giant robot to save mankind movie in the past 10 years that has great characters, great plot, great animations, great everything, then I highly recommend watching Rebuild of Evangelion. You ll read in some reviews that Pacific Rim is a rip off of this anime.

      Comic Con is next week in San Diego and everybody is going to big shit talking this movie. Hopefully Wolverine turns out to be awesome.

      3.5 out of 10

  • Justin 4:05 am on January 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    New Trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim 


    Warner Bros. has put together a new trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s (Pan’s Labyrinth) Pacific Rim for Qualcomm’s presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013.  The story is kicked off by the rise of monsters (known as Kaiju) from the sea who start a war that devastates humanity.  To fight back, the humans build giant robots (known as Jaegers) that are controlled by two pilots. Yup, you heard me right, big giant robots fight sea monsters.

    Well it is a summer movie after all… Pacific Rim opens July 12, 2013 and stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins Jr., and Diego Klattenhoff.

  • Justin 1:36 am on December 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Let the sci-fi previews continue! Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy I and II) returns to the big screen with his newest flick, Pacific Rim. The story finds humans towards the end of a losing battle against giant monsters called “Kaiju.”  In order to combat the creatures, humans have developed their own giant human-controlled robots called “Jaegers.” So basically monsters fight robots. Im a fan of Del Toro’s work and this looks to be quite entertaining. The movie has a strong cast including Idris Elba (The Wire, Prometheus).

    The sci-fi movie onslaught for 2013 continues. Pacific Rim opens July 12, 2013 in 3D and stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins Jr., and Diego Klattenhoff. 

    • paulywalnuts 6:44 pm on December 23, 2012 Permalink

      Real Steel meets Battleship. I give Idris Elba 30 minutes of screen time before they off him. Nice speech before he dies, though.

      This looks terrible. I was more excited about the movie before the trailer.

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