Pacific Rim

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#51 Edited by andy_117 (91 posts) - - Show Bio

How the hell does this get four stars and Man of Steel get five?

#53 Posted by SavageDragon (2252 posts) - - Show Bio

I will be seeing this.

#54 Edited by Mild_Karl (131 posts) - - Show Bio

Saw it, thought it was the same old nonsense action that the Transformers films brought to the table, except without racist humor or annoying characters. Didn't particularly like the film, especially considering I've loved everything Del Toro has had his hands on up to this point.

I feel like this is an unfair comparison but Man of Steel has humanity & weight to the (admittedly nonsensical) fights; we've followed Clark, we understand his rage when it came to confronting Zod once & for all. With Pacific Rim, we have character that never go beyond their one-sentence stereotypical descriptions, so no matter how cool the fight scenes might look, you don't have much stake in them because you don't care about the characters all that much.

I just got out of the movie an hour ago & I can't tell you a single character's name outside of Hannibal Chow, who's on-screen for 10 min, tops. If that's not the best example of the film's lack of characterization, I don't know what is.

#55 Posted by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

I have a thing for scale and huge things destroying cities and civilizations so I will be watching this for sure although probably next week sometime after the hoopla dies down a bit.

#56 Posted by G-Man (18855 posts) - - Show Bio

@andy_117: Because each review is a separate opinion? They were reviewed by different people and each give the criteria to justify the reason they were given the score they were given. People shouldn't get hung up on scores and focus more on the actual content of the review.

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#57 Edited by drgnx (3566 posts) - - Show Bio

IT was good, I enjoyed it, even the cheese made me laugh...the romance was so cliche, but wasn't corny either...you actually like both characters, so it is not so bad, heck you end up liking all the characters even the jerks!

#58 Posted by GothamRed (2553 posts) - - Show Bio
#59 Posted by DCWarFan73 (148 posts) - - Show Bio

Hope to see this in the theaters - hope this does amazingly well so Del Toro can fund two project he needs to complete - Dark Universe (his Justice League Dark movie) and of course Hellboy 3.

#60 Edited by nerdork (4039 posts) - - Show Bio

I think anybody who is even a mild fan of 1989's Robot Jocks will love this movie. And, i absolutely believe that the dialogue and plot were meant as an homage to the '80's Science Fiction genre.

#61 Posted by The Mast (785 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm a huge fan of kaiju movies, but that doesn't make me blind to trash. It's the opposite.

SPOILERS WILL OCCUR NEAR THE END. I WILL REMIND YOU THEN.

I love the old man-in-suit kaiju movies. Even the worst-made of them seem to carry a charm that captured me for life. Also, let's not forget the message of nuclear ominousness that Godzilla was a walking metaphor for. These movies need not simply be punch-ups.

I LOVED this movie. It was incredibly exciting, it had heart and the performances were solid. Was it original? No. Was it unique? No. Will it win Oscars? No. HOWEVER, I am not gonna say you have to turn your brain off because that's nonsense. You should never have to dumb-down and you don't have to here.

It's a predictable plot, but it just goes to show what a difference solid performances can make to a simple, serviceable plot. The same can be said of Zombieland. If that movie contained lame actors, it'd be straight-to-DVD. The plot isn't special,. the execution is.

This is a loud, cliched, C.G. drench actionfest with a heart. It's not JUST things happening. Anyone can make robots fight, or mecha fight. It's extremely well-done and I had an amazing time with it. I recommend it highly, but I also note caution:

I don't like Seth Rogan films. Never have, never will. However, I see why some do. This is definitely a niche film.

SPOILERS NOW!

TURN BACK AND LOOK AWAY. SERIOUSLY. DO IT.

Flaws: I thought the final fight could've been a bit longer. They unveiled the biggest, most dangerous kaiju in a dark, murky underwater scene where we got no sense of scale or danger. It also seemed to get killed off fairly quickly. No sense in making unique, interesting kaiju if you can't see them. Besides that, I can't think of much else.

Oh, Charlie Day's character. The crazy scientist. He was Jar Jar.

#63 Posted by The Mast (785 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh, and I'm let down that they made Mako speak English.

Everyone she interacted with spoke fluent Japanese. Just let her be Japanese. Charlie Hunnam is clearly English. Let him be English. If Elba wasn't American, why did Hunnam need to be? Gripes.

#64 Edited by MyNameWasDeleted (679 posts) - - Show Bio

Ohhh - so ready for this movie now!

#65 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (34908 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_mast said:

I'm a huge fan of kaiju movies, but that doesn't make me blind to trash. It's the opposite.

SPOILERS WILL OCCUR NEAR THE END. I WILL REMIND YOU THEN.

I love the old man-in-suit kaiju movies. Even the worst-made of them seem to carry a charm that captured me for life. Also, let's not forget the message of nuclear ominousness that Godzilla was a walking metaphor for. These movies need not simply be punch-ups.

I LOVED this movie. It was incredibly exciting, it had heart and the performances were solid. Was it original? No. Was it unique? No. Will it win Oscars? No. HOWEVER, I am not gonna say you have to turn your brain off because that's nonsense. You should never have to dumb-down and you don't have to here.

It's a predictable plot, but it just goes to show what a difference solid performances can make to a simple, serviceable plot. The same can be said of Zombieland. If that movie contained lame actors, it'd be straight-to-DVD. The plot isn't special,. the execution is.

This is a loud, cliched, C.G. drench actionfest with a heart. It's not JUST things happening. Anyone can make robots fight, or mecha fight. It's extremely well-done and I had an amazing time with it. I recommend it highly, but I also note caution:

I don't like Seth Rogan films. Never have, never will. However, I see why some do. This is definitely a niche film.

SPOILERS NOW!

TURN BACK AND LOOK AWAY. SERIOUSLY. DO IT.

Flaws: I thought the final fight could've been a bit longer. They unveiled the biggest, most dangerous kaiju in a dark, murky underwater scene where we got no sense of scale or danger. It also seemed to get killed off fairly quickly. No sense in making unique, interesting kaiju if you can't see them. Besides that, I can't think of much else.

Oh, Charlie Day's character. The crazy scientist. He was Jar Jar.

@the_mast said:

Oh, and I'm let down that they made Mako speak English.

Everyone she interacted with spoke fluent Japanese. Just let her be Japanese. Charlie Hunnam is clearly English. Let him be English. If Elba wasn't American, why did Hunnam need to be? Gripes.

I agree with all this, especially the Hunnam should just be English part, I even put that in my review

#66 Posted by GODofART (409 posts) - - Show Bio

Heres my video review of pacific rim:

#67 Edited by nakobass (50 posts) - - Show Bio

Pacific Rim was Awesome! Going to see it again.

#69 Posted by HeraldofGanthet (3737 posts) - - Show Bio

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

After seeing him as "Stringer" Bell on "The Wire", I always thought that he would be an excellent Steel (if DC ever decided to remake it ala "Man of Steel") to erase the stench filled sub performance that the barely literate Shaquille O'Neal did.

#70 Posted by The Stegman (25961 posts) - - Show Bio

Just saw it...it was decent, good visuals, but it didn't blow me away or anything

#71 Edited by G_Money_Christmas (884 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved it! I understand some of the qualms people had, especially with the particular weapon mentioned. What is better than Zords vs. Godzilla? I just can't wait for another and I would love to see an ongoing series chronicling the events prior to the movie. Not just character back-stories but the beginning of the incursions on

#72 Posted by StMichalofWilson (4093 posts) - - Show Bio

Pacific Rim was nothing more than Giant Robots + Giant Monsters + Idris Elba + The mind of Del Toro which = Visual Blockbuster Madness! To me, that is a good thing. I loved this movie!

#73 Posted by ccraft (5559 posts) - - Show Bio
#74 Posted by Sammo21 (700 posts) - - Show Bio

There's absolutely nothing I would have changed about the movie, so I guess I would personally say it is a 5 star movie for me. I came away from the movie awed and excited. I immediately went to a second IMAX showing the next morning and I am even contemplating going to see a third showing tomorrow. Such a great film: the story, the visuals, the characters, the acting, etc...all of it was great. Such a disappointment that Grownups 2 will beat it out because general audiences enjoy cookie cutter, unfunny "comedy".

#75 Posted by BishopSummers (48 posts) - - Show Bio

I wish I would have liked this movie a lot more. It gets 3 stars only from me. But I had to support a movie like this. The fact that this movie got made brought a smile to my face. I grew up watching Transformers, Anime and Godzilla movies.

The characters were okay but nothing memorable. I liked the mech/giant robot designs. But i think the movie was just a little too dark. The battles were always at night and it was always raining. Sometimes it was hard to make out what was going on.

I didn't hate it like some reviews on the internet. Hopefully I'll like the new Godzilla movie next year a little more.

#76 Posted by Ninjablade09 (3193 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved the movie. It was really good. I know they are working on a sequel but I kinda wish they weren't. My only gripe is the ending but it's more of thing it would change.

SPOILERZZZ

So as I said I kinda wish it was a stand alone movie. I liked Charlie Hunnam's character Raleigh's arc and I liked that they had his brothers death haunt him, and even caused him to quit being a pilot. I also liked the idea that Raleigh and Stacker Pentecost(Elba) are the only 2 surviving people who have piloted a Jaeger solo. See this is where I would have expanded. So the final battle I would have liked it that after all the water had rushed back it after the explosion had Raleigh noticed the Oxygen thing and forced Mako into ejecting. Then he pilots Gipsy Danger by himself and he is attached by the category 5 Kaiju. He tackles into the Breech like they do in the movie and kills it in the Kaiju world. He then manually activates Danger's self destruct mode, but doesn't eject. Now if seeing they are doing the sequel maybe then fine he could eject, but I think killing him would be different and be a good end to his story.

But other than that I really enjoyed the movie. I love when Chuck get's his a** handed to him by Raleigh.

#77 Edited by Pokergeist (22351 posts) - - Show Bio

My biggest gripe was the lack of action. Yes I said it. I have 3 gripes.

1) Crimson Typhoon and Chenron Alpha mechs were easily killed with no real showing of awesomeness. They were built up to be great Jaegers, yet died way to easy in a short little fight. Why bother mentioning anything about cannon fodder?! Why waste My time?!

2) The silly and unneeded slapstick comedy of the Doctors. They both were way too silly and ate up time for awesome CGI battling.

3) Coyote Tango, another great chance for awesome CGI fight and it is wasted on a little girl cowering. Considering the lack of awesome Jaeger fights, I was very upset about this.

Overall I am upset that the ONLY fight scenes involved Gipsy Danger and Striker. How lame is that?! They could should us some awesomeness of the other Jaegers. They could have cut out all the robots but Gipsy and Striker and the movie would play out the exact same. Sucks.

#78 Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope (2388 posts) - - Show Bio

Saw it. Loved it. Already want to see it again.

And I'm a sucker for punishment...but I loved the stereotyped guys because they where so overboard. The scientists, Hannibal...it's the only film so far that made me want to jump up in the theater and start punching things like it was WWE.

#79 Posted by clayscarface (121 posts) - - Show Bio

Ugh, I hated almost everything about this movie aside from the visuals. Literally the only good thing, imo, is the fact that you've got giant robots vs monsters. Of course, the fights, to me, seemed pointless, as the punching did literally nothing to the monsters and with every blow they landed you could see the machines falling apart. The "hidden weapon" mentioned was something I totally agreed with - why did you have to wait so long for that? Was it because you needed it to be the Asian character who said it? Oh and the "love story" which consisted of "You're hot" "You're a sort of sexy Asian" "I'm bad at this, but if we live, let's totally hook up" was god-awful. The speeches, the conflicts, the scientist guys, just everything was too contrived and forced and blargh. I sort of had fun watching it, but by the second half I was out of it, and the more I think about it the more I hated it.

#80 Posted by dreamfall31 (579 posts) - - Show Bio

Liked the movie quite a bit, but didn't love it. As excited as I was for the action, it felt like it was just 10+ of punching over and over. Not enough of difference to make the fights interesting. Loved the characters the most, expecially Charlie Day's and Ron Perlman's. I understand how Tony is sick of every movie having the male/female leads getting together, but the two in this never get romantic in any way whatsoever. Sure there was a connection, but the don't kiss or get it on at all throughout the movie. Still a pretty solid movie, though I prefer Del Toro's past works.

#81 Posted by DarkDay (634 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 )

I would also point out that Eva aren't actually robots. So many people bring up Eva but forget that part well that... and the whole Evangelion was pretty much a deconstruction of the mecha genre as a whole and a rebuke of certain tropes in particular. Especially when you look at the journeys of Amuro Ray and Shinji Ikari respectively.

#82 Posted by Nikko72 (17 posts) - - Show Bio

Saw it last night. Loved it! I've seen the classic Godzilla movies, and they did in one movie what half of the Godzilla movies couldn't do. I got lost and almost believe in these 100 ft size robots. First China was mad that we made Kung-Fu Panda first and now probably Japan is mad now too!

#83 Posted by redhood21 (816 posts) - - Show Bio

how the FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF is this transformers to people...my roommate said the same ignorant i dunt reed gewd thing too..... oh robots...all robots are transformers i saw it on the tv... yes i seem to recall transformers fighting giant monsters too except theirs were metal or something...

if we just legalized intense road rage one day a year these tards would be wiped out by sheer darwinism

#84 Posted by Xion (247 posts) - - Show Bio

@thetimestreamer: it's NOTHING like Transformers, seriously get your facts straight

#85 Posted by Arkhamc1tizen (2146 posts) - - Show Bio

two words:

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

awesome

#86 Posted by dscythe (40 posts) - - Show Bio

Loved this movie, not just because of the awesome fight scenes, but because it got me interested in gundams and monster movies again. Only gripe was what gman mentioned about the secret weapon, but I can look past that

#87 Edited by War Killer (20285 posts) - - Show Bio

This movie was amazing, it takes the idea of giant robots fighting giant monsters in a way that made me say "this is how Power Rangers should have done it!" but in a way that feels organic and real. The storyline is pretty straight forward: Monsters appear from another dimension, humans fight back. Basically the main premise of the whole film. While I did feel that some of the characters just felt forgettable, most of the cast did a superb job in making this movie feel serious.

I also must give props to the writers of this movie for explaining things, from the monsters and where they come from, to how the Jaegers function. A lot of that stuff could have sounded like gibberish but they made it work, which I was impressed with.

Most of all, I feel this movie opens the door for other movies involving large mecha suits to make their silver screen debut in a way that we've never seen before; Gundam, for example, come to mind. But overall this movie was amazing and I agree with the 4-out-of-5 stars rating. Great movie.

#88 Edited by TheAcidSkull (18673 posts) - - Show Bio

Loved this Movie

the action, the Execution, the Monsters, The characters. everything.

Mako was also adorable.

#89 Posted by Shallbecomeabattoo (368 posts) - - Show Bio

So, just came back from the theatre.

Well, its a 6/10 movie for me.

The first fight in the beginning of the movie was great and I really thought I was in for something special, but after that everything fell to pieces.

Sure the action scenes are cool and the CGI is great, but you only have 3 fights and the yget progressively worse and harder to follow.

The story is by far the worst thing I have seen in a movie of this magnitude, since the transformers movies! Holy crap, what a load of shit! I am not trashing the world building, which I thought was one of the great parts of the movie. I like the history, the science and the politics of that world! That was great! What was not great is that the actual story follows EVER SINGLE action movie and sports movie clichee ever! Spoilers:

- OH NO! The detonator of the nuke is broken! Hero Mc Superduper has to detonate the bomb manually!!!

- OH NO! Things are so dire, old Warhound Mc Herospeech has to sacrifice himself at the end, which gets forshadowed in the whole movie, because if he ever sets foot in a Jaeger he will die, which they tell us ever 5 minutes!!!

- OH NO! Hero Mc Superduper doesn't have a pulse!!! Please Mc Superduper! Don't die!!!! "I just give you a smooth one liner to show you and the audience that I, in fact, still live!"

I am fairly sad about that, since I liked the world and the looks of things, but all in all, a really mediocre kids movie and nothing more.

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