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Pacific Rim
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Nov 12, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Guillermo Del Toro

Actors:
Charlie Hunnam
Idris Elba
Ron Perlman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The world has been invaded by gigantic monsters known as Kaiju, and weve responded by making robots to fight back. But what we first believed to be random attacks, is actually a countdown to our extinction. And the clock is ticking.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
PACIFIC RIM is a movie I saw come and go without much enthusiasm. Dont get me wrong, Im a big kid and I love the idea of a Godzilla style alien invasion that we have to fight by making colossal robots that would be make Voltron proud. Its a great premise, and I knew the enthusiasm should be there, but it felt like TRANSFORMERS unfairly robbed it of its wow factor. Im not comparing TRANSFORMERS to PACIFIC RIM, theyre nothing alike, what Im saying is that had TRANSFORMERS never happened, I think more people (myself included) would have been far more pumped to see this flick in theaters. And thats my biggest regret after sitting through it, I really wish Id seen this baby in theaters because I loved it.

Del Toro knows the fundamentals of movie making, and this is him at this best, and having a blast with it. The story is simple, but backed by that end of the world brand of testosterone that makes your heart pump three times faster. Suspension of disbelief aside, the Kaijus and Jaegers look phenomenal, down the tiniest bits of metal being bitten off and spit out. The effects will channel the inner child in you and hold on with vice grip strength for the entire span of the film. Again, theres nothing crazy original about the setup or characterstheres a full on TOP GUN type display of cocky archetypes with Charlie Hunnam as Maverick and Robert Kazinski as Iceman. You know exactly where its all going, but damn is if its not entertaining as hell to watch.

The acting is the only place I can see people being divided. What we have here is a TV star overload from my man, Hunnam (aka Jax Teller), Kazinski (who played Warlow this past season on TRUE BLOOD), the always great Idris Elba (Stringer Bell in the house), and of course, the wild card, Ron Perlman. Sure, the last two have been in a pile of movies, but TV is where theyre mostly at right now. I had zero problem with this. Hunnam was a cool lead, and the rest of the cast all worked for me. Charlie Day was a bit a scene stealer, as was Rinko Kikuchipersonally, I found her backstory scene to be one of the best in the film.

PACIFIC RIM is as pure a summer blockbuster model as you can get these days, and again, I hate that I missed it on the big screen. At no point does this film try to be something its not, instead it revels in the idea of being an ass-kicking extravaganza of epic proportions. This one was in the pipeline for a long while, but Im glad it didnt get dropped. Del Toros actively writing a sequel as we speak, which is cool by me, but hes going to have to drastically up the ante if he has any chance of recapturing the magic of this film. I strongly hope he succeeds. Either way, my ass will be in the theater this time around.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Guillermo Del Toro is a man who loves movies and his passion is clearly evident as he dissects each and every scene. The man is a genius who doesnt back down from doing what he loves, and I love that about him.

The Directors Notebook: This digital diary gives you the option of scrolling through each his entire thought process for the film, complete with artwork, notes and videos. Cool beans.

Focus Points: This hour long feature is broken into thirteen small parts that cover everything from the actors, sets, special effects, CGI along with a tons of interviews and behind the scenes peaks.

Drift Space: A short bit that allows you to drift consciousness with the cast to unlock their bios. Cool enough if you dug the premise.

The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim: Talk about making all the cool shit feel boring. This look into how things are done isnt as exciting as youd think. Suspension of disbelief activated!

The Shatterdome: Here we get some cool shots of the Kaijus and Jaegers, along with other forms of concept art not used in the film. Theres always the sequel.

Deleted Scenes: When its as little as four minutes, I dont understand why they bother cutting it. Theres nothing lackluster here, but its four minutes guys, leave them in.

Blooper Reel: As per usual, nothing overly great to see here. I do love more Ron Perlman though.

Previews: Theres a handful of trailers, as well as a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Robots and monsters the size of skyscrapers beating the piss out of each other isnt for everyone, but it should be, and if you give this flick a chance youll quickly find out why. This was definitely one of the best from a year of seemingly countless duds.
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4:25PM on 11/12/2013

really?

good acting? Its amazing how many Deltoro fans are blinded. This has been compared to ID4 way to many times for it not to be true. The acting is terrible, the story structure is terrible, the pacing is terrible. This is a popcorn flick that in 10yrs people will act like its ID4 and not cool to like anymore bc it was so cheesy. The fights were awesome (the few there were) but tahts it.
good acting? Its amazing how many Deltoro fans are blinded. This has been compared to ID4 way to many times for it not to be true. The acting is terrible, the story structure is terrible, the pacing is terrible. This is a popcorn flick that in 10yrs people will act like its ID4 and not cool to like anymore bc it was so cheesy. The fights were awesome (the few there were) but tahts it.
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5:01AM on 11/12/2013
The del Toro commentary on this film is excellent; he's always very fascinating to listen to. Things like the blue in Mako's hair signifying that she had been "stained" by kaiju blue following the death of her family are things I didn't originally pick up on.
The del Toro commentary on this film is excellent; he's always very fascinating to listen to. Things like the blue in Mako's hair signifying that she had been "stained" by kaiju blue following the death of her family are things I didn't originally pick up on.
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