Monday, July 15, 2013

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim is awesome. Just go see it.  Go now. Support this film! We need more original ideas as films, this film was conceived entirely from the mind of director Guillermo del Toro, it's not based on a book, a comic, a video game, nothing. Just his love for giant monsters and robots. What fun it is!  I may be a little biased but I will admit I love a lot of the people involved in this film. I am a fan of del Toro's Hellboy films, Pan's Labyrinth, as well as Sons of Anarchy actors Charlie Hunnam and Ron Pearlman.  I loved what they created here.

What they've created is a world you can easily buy into and jump into. There is an effective prologue to set everything up and everything after that makes sense in this world.  More importantly this movie is a lot of eye-candy.  Great looking monsters, or Kaiju, battling even weirder robots, called Jaegers.  These Jaegers aren't Transformers ripoffs, they're bigger and the Kaiju they fight are even larger than they are sometimes. We're talking 20-30 stories tall, not the 3-5 of the Transformers.  Another thing about the Transformers comparisons, you can actually tell where the Jaeger is in the frame because it's not battling another robot, its battling something completely different.  That's one of the things that bothers me with Michael Bay's Transformers films, the action is great, but everything is such a mess of color and metal sheen that it's hard to tell which robot is which. Not so with Pacific Rim.  The action sequences are well choreographed and well lit and shot, even though they take place in the dark, rain, wind, and underwater.  Why not though, we are fighting in the Pacific ocean!

I'm not going to say much else other than that you should seek this film out.  It's one of the better summer films I've seen in 2013.  I think this is definitely a sleeper hit. Maybe by the time word gets out it will do well on Blu-Ray, I'm certainly getting it.


4.5 out of 5 Stars


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