Pacific Rim

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Posted by G-Man (30664 posts) - - Show Bio

There are some movies that are made for the big screen. Pacific Rim is one of them. This almost goes without saying if you've seen any of the trailers or TV spots. You are practically guaranteed high octane action and visuals before stepping foot into the theater.

Thankfully the movie is more than just about the giant mech suit vs. monster action. There is a story here. In the opening, we get a brief run down on the events leading up to the present time frame. Monsters started appearing in more frequent numbers and it was up to humanity to bond together to fight a common threat. This also sets up the sense of loss for our main character and a reason he has his gung ho, stubborn and tough attitude. The attacks have been increasing and this could be the final battle for the survival of mankind.

While the human side of the story gives some meaning to the movie, it's also where it falters a little. Some of the acting and dialogue just didn't work. Some lines felt forced and cheesy and some of the acting was just too stiff. It's possible the idea was to capture an almost 80s feel. It does give it a little charm. Some of the roles are stereotypes (the wacky but brilliant scientist, the tough as nails leader with a hidden soft spot, the tough loner hero who is the only one with the answers). Again, they do add life to the movie so that it is not simply the epic effects from the battles. It just didn't feel necessary to try to throw in a rushed and slightly bizarre love story into the mix. These are the main problems I had overall. So if you can get passed them, you should love the movie.

If you're looking for huge action and visuals, this movie delivers. The visuals are pretty amazing. The action is intense. Sitting in a packed theater, I could hear one guy to my right suck in his breath and let it out in relief many times. On my left, a lady kept jumping and cringing at different scenes. In this aspect, the movie accomplishes what it set out to do. When the blows are exchanged, you'll almost feel the impact of each hit.

Although, one problem with the fighting is after a period, one of the pilots decides to use a certain weapon they apparently always had. It has great results and you can't help but wonder why the heck they didn't use this before or implement it in the other suits.

We've seen several movies with mass destruction but they don't compare to this. A recent complaint many had was the artificial feel to the end fight in Man of Steel. With this movie, you do get a sense that the events are taking place in an actual world full of people. This intensifies the already nail-biting scenes.

Bottom line, should you see this? I would say absolutely. There is more to the movie than there appears on the surface. Despite having some concepts we've seen in other media, this is a great new franchise (yes, I am hopeful this is just the beginning). The visuals are on a grand scale that needs to be seen on the big screen for full appreciation. I would even say you should see it in 3D.

This isn't just giant robots fighting monsters. You will get plenty of that but there is some heart to the movie. I could have done without some of the cheesiness in certain scenes but that's also the sort of thing many love in their summer blockbuster movies. This is exactly the sort of movie you'll want to see this summer.

Note

Legendary Comics did release a hardcover one-shot prequel comic - PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM YEAR ZERO. It is written by Travis Beacham, who also wrote the screenplay with Guillermo del Toro. It does give a lot of the backstory but also has some character spoilers for the movie.

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#1 Posted by Saren (25317 posts) - - Show Bio

If the plot and dialogue are even halfway decent to go along with the fantastic visuals, I'm pretty sure I'll love this movie. For the longest time I used to maintain Emmerich's Godzilla was one of the best movies ever made, stupid plot aside.

Watching it tomorrow.

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#2 Posted by G-Man (30664 posts) - - Show Bio

@citizenbane: I'm sure people will jump on me for that complaint. But it just really bothered me. Regardless, I'm sure everyone will love the movie.

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#3 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32864 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't freaking wait

#4 Posted by k4tzm4n (36454 posts) - - Show Bio

If the plot and dialogue are even halfway decent to go along with the fantastic visuals, I'm pretty sure I'll love this movie. For the longest time I used to maintain Emmerich's Godzilla was one of the best movies ever made, stupid plot aside.

Watching it tomorrow.

Please tell me you have an alt "CitizenGodzilla." I remember seeing that in theaters when I was young and absolutely ate it up.

The trailers/clips for this haven't won me over, but I'm really hoping the big screen experience will change that and how can anyone hate the concept? I'll definitely see it tonight and hope for the best.

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#5 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32864 posts) - - Show Bio

@g_man: Have you ever watched Neon Genesis Evangelion?

#6 Posted by lilben42 (2498 posts) - - Show Bio

Seeing it tonight!

#7 Posted by TheHeat (450 posts) - - Show Bio

I've read a lot of reviews where this movie is being compared to the Transformers movies (great action, no heart or brains). If it's anything like the first Transformers, then cool, but if it is like the last two, then heck nah! I love del Toro, but I am undecided if I want to see this movie or wait for it on Blu-Ray.

#8 Posted by theTimeStreamer (2841 posts) - - Show Bio

another transformers movie? pffff. just die already.

#9 Posted by Michael_Moran (86 posts) - - Show Bio

I have been really looking forward to this

#10 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32864 posts) - - Show Bio
#11 Edited by NightFang (9904 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't know CV would review this movie, but that's cool.

#12 Posted by joshmightbe (24691 posts) - - Show Bio

They had me at Giant Robots vs Giant Monsters, even if this was a terrible movie I was going to see it because when Giant Monster movies are bad its in the awesome unintentionally funny range.

#13 Posted by The Stegman (23162 posts) - - Show Bio

None of the trailers had me excited, nor the premise, but del Toro is a good director..and Charlie from Always Sunny is in it..so I'll give it a shot...

though it still reminds me of Evangelion (and yes, I know the anime isn't the first to have the ''giant robot vs monsters'' idea :P )

#14 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32864 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_stegman: del Toro said EVA was the chief inspiration for the film

#15 Posted by G-Man (30664 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: I have seen it. It's not the same.

Don't know CV would review this movie, but that's cool.

There was a comic. Legendary has made some comics. I figured since I had the chance to watch it Monday, I owed it to you all to share my thoughts.

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#16 Posted by joshmightbe (24691 posts) - - Show Bio

another transformers movie? pffff. just die already.

So they're never supposed to use robots in movies ever again because TF sucked?

#17 Posted by Samimista (20609 posts) - - Show Bio
#18 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (32864 posts) - - Show Bio

@g_man: Oh I know, I was just going to say it was one of the chief inspirations for the film so when you have a film based on an anime you can expect some cheesy dialogue

#19 Posted by The Stegman (23162 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous said:

@the_stegman: del Toro said EVA was the chief inspiration for the film

That's actually pretty cool. =D

That is really cool...Okay, I'm sold, I'll go see it!

#20 Posted by Timotheus316 (140 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanks for sharing Tony regardless if there are comics for it or not, it's still in our realm :)

#21 Posted by Emperormeister734 (804 posts) - - Show Bio

Something I've always wanted to see Giant Robots and Giant Monsters fighting, this movie is a dream come true. I plan to see this tomorrow on my birthday.

#22 Posted by sentryman555 (748 posts) - - Show Bio

@g_man: So did you actually watch it in 3D? I was just wondering if the visuals really pop out at you. I've hated 3D for awhile but it looked good when I saw Star Trek: Into the Darkness so I've been thinking of giving it another chance.

#23 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32864 posts) - - Show Bio
#24 Posted by INFINITE_DOOM (265 posts) - - Show Bio

When i saw the new trailer with all that action packed badassness i just said "yes, one million times yes" i'm so pumped for this movie!

#25 Posted by LordRequiem (1309 posts) - - Show Bio

"Artificial feel" to the final battle scene in Man of Steel, are you serious, grow an imagination fools, you could not be more wrong.

#26 Posted by Black_Claw (2915 posts) - - Show Bio

I really hope this doesn't bomb against freaking Grown Ups 2 tomorrow.

#27 Edited by OmgOmgWtfWtf (6954 posts) - - Show Bio

Hopefully this movie is going to be better than Man of Steel.

I might be the only person in the world who thought Man of Steel was boring as hell.

#28 Posted by IDontLikeBirds (253 posts) - - Show Bio

Personally, I want to see this movie and have faith in it. Visually it appears stunning and it's written/directed by Guillermo del Toro. He's always managed to get the emotional touch needed in his characters, so there is no way I would compare this to Transformers. del Toro is NOT Michael "Everything must blow-up" Bay.

#29 Edited by CrimAldan (26 posts) - - Show Bio

Basically Power Rangers for us adults. The theater in my town is showing it at 7, 10 and 1030 pm tonight!! I'm totally going to one of those!

#30 Posted by NightCrawler358 (199 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been waiting to see this for a long time.

I have no idea why, but I'm hopeful this will tie into next years planned Godzilla reboot!

#31 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (6146 posts) - - Show Bio

two words:

Idris Elba!!
Man I would be the perfect Green Lantern as John Stewart.

#32 Edited by Morki (5 posts) - - Show Bio

I have had the pleasure to watch the movie already and it was just heaps of fun!! Totally agree with the review!

#33 Posted by RedLantern23 (884 posts) - - Show Bio

I really really want to be interested in this movie. But none of the trailers have really grabbed my attention.

#34 Posted by dbatdog (533 posts) - - Show Bio

Saw the movie last night. Cant say I didnt expect any of the plot since they are mostly the same plots from other movie. I was hoping Gundam would be the first live action robot movie, but at least with the Pacific Rim, they already have an idea on what will work and won't work.

#35 Posted by Ninjablade09 (3105 posts) - - Show Bio

Great review, cant wait to see it, was hooked as soon as I saw the first trailer.

#36 Posted by LarryDavis (143 posts) - - Show Bio

another transformers movie? pffff. just die already.

right back atcha

#37 Posted by laabitres (354 posts) - - Show Bio

ni just watched it the movie was so great it was like watchin an anime well done

#38 Posted by ccraft (5074 posts) - - Show Bio

Good review. I'm excited for the movie, big robots vs giant monsters? I'm in!

Does this have anything to do with Godzilla? :)

"Artificial feel" to the final battle scene in Man of Steel, are you serious, grow an imagination fools, you could not be more wrong.

I think if Zod was sent back to the Phantom Zone it would feel artificial in that heroes always win no matter what...

#39 Posted by LaserLambert (635 posts) - - Show Bio

Man it was rough, the fights were pretty cool, the last one wasn't so great, but everything else was just like a barrage of cliches on the level of independence day.

It was just okay.

#40 Posted by Superguy0009e (2265 posts) - - Show Bio

Just saw it. I would give it a B+. It was incredibly well made, but had a few flaws that stopped it from being great.
Definitely worth a watch.

#41 Edited by New_World_Order (12586 posts) - - Show Bio

Going to watch it tomorrow

#42 Posted by Superguy0009e (2265 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft: No, but I believe more info on Godzilla will be released at Comic Con this month.

#43 Edited by ccraft (5074 posts) - - Show Bio
#44 Edited by csl316 (169 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm in. Idris Elba had me sold before I saw a frame of the movie, but it's good to hear that there's a little more to it than damn fine visuals.

#45 Edited by Birthright (142 posts) - - Show Bio

Loved the movie. In my opinion the best action movie of the summer. The characters did what they needed to do, the monsters and robots were awesome and no silly plot twist at the end or some shit. Just big old mechs and monsters smashing the shit out of each other.

#46 Posted by Superguy0009e (2265 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft: Actually, it's coming out next year, around the same time as the new Cap.America.

#47 Posted by Emperormeister734 (804 posts) - - Show Bio
#48 Posted by medulaoblaganda (871 posts) - - Show Bio
#49 Posted by ccraft (5074 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft: Actually, it's coming out next year, around the same time as the new Cap.America.

Awesome, I can't believe I haven't heard any news on this..

#50 Edited by The_Titan_Lord (4696 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice.

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