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PACIFIC RIM (2013)

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PACIFIC RIM (2013)

Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

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The Buzz:

        In the near future, humanity is facing its greatest enemy ever, giant monsters, called Kaiju, who make Godzilla look like a level one Pok√©mon. In response the nations of the world have banded together to create a force of giant robots, called Jaegers, to take on these monsters from the deep. Humanity is on the brink of extinction, and it's down to the final battle between monster and machine.

 

 Life of the Party:

GO

SEE

THIS

GOD

DAMN

MOVIE

        THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST FANTASTIC FILMS I HAVE EVER SEEN! I went to see Pacific Rim in IMAX 3D on release night, and honestly I expected very little. I expected little beyond giant robots boxing giant monsters, with lots of explosions and nerd-porn.


YOU WERE NOT PREPARED!

        No I fucking wasn't! This movie is SO much more than what I expected! The characters are fantastic; from our main protagonist Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), to the leader of the Jaegers Stacker (Idris Elba), down to the comedic relief of Charlie Day (who cares what his character name was, it's fucking Charlie Day)/Gottlieb (Burn Gorman)/Hannibal Chau (Ron Fucking Perlman). And our other main character Mako Mori (played wonderfully by Rinko Kikuchi), while fitting in a familiar movie niche, is unique and interesting enough (and really this goes for about every damn character in the film) that you don't CARE that it's a familiar movie trope. I found myself caring and investing in these characters so much more than I expected.

        The story is incredibly well thought out, and doesn't feel rushed or given second priority. And if you suspend disbelief enough to believe that giant monsters can come from the depths of the ocean, and mankind can build robots the size of the Chrysler Building, the story is believable! I never cocked an eyebrow to something that seemed out of place, poorly executed, or too far out there. For a movie I expected to be nothing but fight scenes, there was a LOT of feeling, story, and character development that remained exciting and enjoyable, and at no point made the movie seem to drag or slow down.

        AND THOSE FIGHT SCENES! HOLY SHIT! I was kind of scared that they'd go for a shaky-cam, confusing perspective that seems to plague all films these days. And I'm happy to say they DIDN'T! The fighting is up close, and GOD DAMN INTENSE, and done in such a way that I could understand what was going on (even with the 3D, no small feat!). The fights frequently had my fellow theater-goers cheering, exclaiming, cussing, making sounds of shock, all pretty powerful reactions to a film these days. And the SOUND! Some of the impacts between machine and monster had my bolted-to-the-ground chair rocking back and forth like a damn roller coaster! I felt every impact, every rending tear of metal, every fleshy sound of monsters being torn limb-from-limb. It fused flawlessly with the action on screen that I was so much more excited, scared, nervous, and/or near bloodthirsty (yes, goddamn BLOODTHIRSTY) than I have been ever before in a movie theater.

        So yes, Pacific Rim does in fact have the robot-on-monster violence you wanted. AND proper storytelling, proper characters, feeling, a world you can invest yourself in, incredibly well timed and executed comedic relief, brilliant effects, EVERYTHING a movie like this should have. Go see it. Go see it in IMAX 3D in a properly set up theater. Anything less would be a severe disservice to you.

 

If looking at that doesn't make you want to go see this film tonight, then I put forth that you are not human

Potential Hangovers:

        It's too good. I mean that, honestly. I'm depressed now, because I'll never be able to see Pacific Rim like I just did. It's like finding out who the murderer is, discovering who Luke's father is, realizing Keyser Soze's identity, and witnessing the reveal of just who is Tyler Durden. I may be able to go see Pacific Rim again, perhaps even in IMAX 3D, but once it's out of theaters, it just won't be the same anymore. I could set up a large projector screen in my basement, do a proper job of setting up the sound system, get the 3D working, do EVERYTHING right, and it just won't be the same. Even though I know that a film like this could probably never do it, I NEED it to become the world-wide phenomenon that Wizard of Oz or Star Wars are, so that one day it can be re-released in IMAX 3D, so I can properly enjoy it again sometime in the future. That's why I cannot recommend enough going to see this movie while you can, even if you think it's not for you; once it's gone, it'll never be the same.

 

The Vibe: Man-Cave, Solo Experience, Casual Gathering, Large Party

        Sci-fi fans, action fans, monster-movie fans, giant-robot fans, fans of good story and storytelling, fans of proper characters, fans of GREAT FILMS, all can unite behind Pacific Rim. Don't be fooled by the trailers and fans into thinking this is just Transformers meets Godzilla meets Mobile Suit Gundam. Pacific Rim gets my "Proper Damn Film" seal-of-approval, and has earned its place in my personal top 5 films of all time.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ The story/storytelling

+ The characters

+ High energy all the way through

+ The effects

+ And yea, the giant robot-on-monster violence

- There's a timer on just how long this film will truly be amazing

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