Guillermo Del Toro
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, there’s nothing crazy original about the setup or characters—there’s a full on TOP GUN type display of cocky archetypes with Charlie Hunnam as Maverick and Robert Kazinski as Iceman. You know exactly where it’s all going, but damn is if it’s 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 they’re 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 Kikuchi—personally, 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 it’s 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 I’m glad it didn’t get dropped. Del Toro’s actively writing a sequel as we speak, which is cool by me, but he’s 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 Director’s 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 isn’t as exciting as you’d 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. There’s always the sequel.
Deleted Scenes: When it’s as little as four minutes, I don’t understand why they bother cutting it. There’s 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: There’s a handful of trailers, as well as a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.