Posted by: greercn | July 15, 2013

Pacific Rim

Do you love those old Godzilla movies? Imagine a big budget version of those and you’re at “Pacific Rim”.

Part of the charm of those Godzuki and Mothra moments was the low budget that allowed you to see tiny technicians wheeling on a mass of poorly-constructed but beautifully-drawn monsters.

“Pacific Rim” throws $180 million and a Bunch of Very Serious People at the genre of huge creatures and alien invasion.

I saw it in 2D rather than 3D and the lightness and depth of the sequences was very beautiful and attention-grabbing.

Plot? Our hero (Charlie Hunnam)lost his brother in a mind-meld machine built to fight aliens who come from the Pacific Ocean rather than the sky.

He gave up co-pilot duties on these Jaegers (German for “hunters”) and we see him helping on construction on a big wall which is meant to keep the Kaijus (Japanese for “monsters”) out of towns and cities.

Of course, this doesn’t work. You know you are at an American movie because many cars are being destroyed and big buildings topple in a way that is reminiscent of 9/11.

Idris Elba plays the military man who is going to lead the big machines against the creatures. There are lots of lovely nods to Japanese anime and nice homage to Terminator and other enormous robot films, including Transformers.

Rinko Kikuchi plays a very physical female lead.

Guillermo Del Toro directs all the big set pieces with great control and his regular Ron Perlman provides a super small part with great style.

Stay during the credits and you’ll see an extra scene.

Charlie Day and Burn Gorman are scientists with different ideas of how to save the world. Their scenes are very funny.

The Stratford East Picturehouse audience sat still through all 132 minutes and this very long movie never feels like it’s lingering too long.

No, it’s not deep or meaningful. But it’s a gorgeous summer blockbuster and a lot of fun to watch. There’s a suitably portentous soundtrack, it’s filmed mostly in Canada and there’s a nice dedication to Ray Harryhausen and Ishiro Honda, the maestros of monsters.

The action sequences are truly wonderful. Do see it.

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Responses

  1. Nice review Greer. A fun movie, if not one that could have benefited from a better script.

  2. Thank you! Yes, there are bits of dialogue that made me wince. Then I was whooshed off to another big action scene and I put aside logic.


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