Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pacific Rim - REVIEW

Image via Screen Rant.
How do you rate it?

"Transformers versus Godzillas" - The Mail

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Pacific Rim is the second biggest summer action/geek blockbuster this year (the first one, being Man of Steel). The film introduces the classic tale of "East meets West" in a very futuristic fashion. The world is attacked by alien creatures that come from the sea, rather than space. Kaiju, as they are known in Japan, forced people to hide underground until they managed to create monsters of themselves - giant mecha robots, called Jaegers.

The general opinion of the people is that Pacific Rim is a mix between Transformers and Godzilla. While film critics are disappointed, citing poor dialogue and acting, I really think this flick is well worth the money.

Anyway, here is what some movie critics say:
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The film does become stagnant in between the battle sequences. During these scenes the story relies on training montages or jealous in-fighting between the Jaeger pilots, which is rather dull compared to the battles and the mythology. The stale acting does not help these moments either. The film could be far better if the bridges between the battles were more involving.
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Pacific Rim” is never pretentious and is often funny, which makes it lofty and entertaining, despite some rancid performances. Except for Charlie Day, Ron Perlman and the sublime Idris Elba, the performances are often cringe-worthy. Under ordinary circumstances, bad acting can sink a film, but del Toro has presented such an extensive buffet of goodies that it’s easy to look past the acting (it’s not as if the characters require top-notch acting in the first place) and get lost in this brave new world. Elba, of course, steals the show as the no-holds-barred commander Stacker Pentecost. His great line “Today we are cancelling the apocalypse” has already made it into this year’s pop culture lexicon and is one of the highlights of the film.
- Fox News

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I don't know if del Toro felt overwhelmed by the pressure of making a megabudget 3-D tentpole for the first time, but there isn't enough of his bewitching poetic touch in the film. In a sense, Pacific Rim winds up being not enough of a Guillermo del Toro movie. It's more like a mash-up of Real Steel and the Transformers pictures. Which is a shame, because the idea is undeniably cool. But I'd be surprised if a kid in Mexico or anywhere else walked out of Pacific Rim with a burning desire to direct a tribute to it when he or she grows up.
- CNN / EW
The thing is, there's so much going on here, the audience won't even know it's missing. The best parts of Pacific Rim, aside from the amazing action (a few unspoilery highlights: last weapon, flying, coolant, samurai), are just an amalgam of the best parts of a bunch of other movies. There's a ton of Independence Day in here, and lot of Top Gun, and all kinds of Japanese Kaiju tradition. It always feels like high-level homage, though, in the very best of ways. It works.
There are places Pacific Rim could have been stronger, sure, like a tie to how regular people see this absurd story playing out just a few blocks away, and maybe it ended up one or two actors short (man, to have someone like Channing Tatum here), but that's almost entirely beside the point. This movie is so fun. It's SO FUN. You can't go to it and not have a good time. You can't go and keep from making excited, gurgly, half-laugh-half-cheer noises. And what's a summer movie if not that?
- Gizmodo

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The infusion of anime themes and tropes is balanced enough to distinguish the film from, say, Transformers, without veering too far into the more obtuse or abstract styles of storytelling that often discourage Western viewers from embracing anime. Del Toro’s imagination being what it is, this is “East meets West” in the best way possible.
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On the whole, Pacific Rim has its creator to thank for elevating it above so many similar and forgettable action blockbusters, through sheer creativity, love and force of will. While the storyline and emotional core aren’t strong, the action and spectacle are, and del Toro builds his world well enough to create plenty of future opportunities for re-visits, spin-offs, multi-media projects and everything else fans (and movie studios) love in a good fanboy franchise.
- Screen Rant

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Pacific Rim” has a powerful and entertaining aesthetic that even the most superficial fan of 1960s Japanese monster films will appreciate, but it’s not a great movie. Still, 12-year-old boys and girls who love the genre, and adults in touch with their inner 12-year-old, will undoubtedly enjoy and embrace the spectacle.
- ABC News
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Synopsis: When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., Rinko Kikuchi, and others. 

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