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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Review: PACIFIC RIM (2013)

After several months and almost ninety movies, we've come to the end of THE BIG LIST.  (There are a few more to watch and review before Godzilla, but more on that later.)

Today's film is Pacific Rim (2013).

My son will go first:
Well, this one is so good. The reason people either hate Pacific Rim or they hate the new Godzilla movie is because one is backing up the other, but that's not why I like it. I like it because it's a kid's dream come true (Giant Monster vs Giant human-like robots). My dad and me went to see this in the theater three times because it was so good.
So, rating wise, i'll say 4.3 out of 5 Atomic Breaths of Awesomeness!!!
My turn:
It feels strange to review this movie less than a year after it came out.  I feel like I've reviewed it already. 
Pacific Rim is gigantic, action-packed fun.  So there. 
The visual effects are some of the most amazing ever made and it's a damned crime the movie wasn't nominated for an effects Oscar. 

Sure, there are things I don't like.  Namely Charlie Hunnam.  He plays his role with his tongue in his cheek way too much.  And some elements of the script ... the quippiness during battle scenes, especially.  "Let's do it!  Together!"  No shit.  "You're in my head now."  Yes, you've told us a thousand times.  "Let's check for a pulse."  Ugh.  And young Hansen is too over-the-top pissed at Beckett for no good reason.  He's playing a role, though, in a very stylized film that seems to draw as much from Top Gun, in some places, as it does from Evangelion
Quibbles, though.  Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman and Ron Perlman are all top notch.  The story and pacing are exciting and enthralling.  The visual and sound effects are great.  (The Hong Kong sequence is some of the most thrilling cinema ever made.) 
Pacific Rim ... giant robots versus giant monsters.  What more could you want?  4 out of five atomic breath blasts.
Here's the trailer:

Up next ... well, something a bit different.  We've created a short list I'm calling the "Inspiration List."  We'll be watching a couple of movies that directly inspired the original Godzilla, along with a couple of documentaries.

So, next up: King Kong (1933).

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