Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Movie Review: "Pacific Rim" (2013)

Movie: "Pacific Rim" (Click here to buy the Blu-Ray!!!)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes
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Giant robots fighting giant monsters...what's not to love?

When a huge dimensional rift opens up under the ocean in the near future, enormous monsters, or Kaiju, begin attacking cities all over the planet. It seems impractical to use weapons on the Kaiju because of their size and durability; in order to combat the Kaiju, the countries of the world join together to create Jaegers, equally large and badass robots designed to take down the Kaiju. After numerous successes, the Kaiju seem to be growing increasingly stronger and are adapting to the Jaegers fighting capabilities. Without worldwide government funding for operation and maintenance of the Jaegers, the program becomes discontinued, and a new program called the "wall of life" begins with the hope that the implementation of coastal walls will keep the Kaiju out of major cities. The remaining Jaegers are brought in for a private assault on the Kaiju in an attempt to eradicate them once and for all.

BigJ and I both loved this movie! It was a great action/sci-fi fantasy film without being overly mindless (looking at you, "Transformers"). The CGI in this movie is absolutely phenomenal. The battles between the Jaegers and the Kaiju, while extremely loud in nature, are quite a sight to see. The Kaiju were very reminiscent of some of the monsters Guillermo del Toro has created for his other films, and in a way, become his own take on a Godzilla-type being.

I have heard several people talk about how this movie lacks a plot and that certain characters were unnecessary, and I find those assumptions to be completely inaccurate. I think each character possesses a purpose in the movie, and the plot is stronger than other movies of this type. You can tell Guillermo del Toro really cared about the film he was making.

I'm surprised this movie didn't do as well as I thought it would, considering it has such a fantastic director, an awesome cast, and what I assumed was a big summer draw in monsters vs. robots, judging by past years where Transformers movies have achieved HUGE box office numbers.

Everywhere you turn, you hear critics and moviegoers alike complaining about the current lack of originality in cinema, with nothing but unnecessary sequels and endless remakes. It's hard to blame Hollywood for the regurgitation of these types of films when people continue to avoid movies with originality such as this one.

My Rating: 9/10
BigJ's Rating: 9/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%
Do we recommend the film: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm, this doesn't interest me but I'm sure hubby will watch it eventually.