Pacific Rim Review

A lot of my friends have been really excited about this film. Even some of the guys at the radio station I work at have been talking non-stop about it but we were all kinda scared at the same time. You know, the worry that this film might be a let down.

I went it with an open mind, left my brains at the door and said to myself to just enjoy the film for whatever it is………who would have thought it would remind me of a scenario I think we’ve all faced before.

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The Plot

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.

But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

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The Verdict

I would describe this movie as a date you’ve been waiting to happen for years. It’s a like a girl you once knew and always got along with but never got around to asking her out and then when you finally do….”oh shoot, what if it doesn’t live up to all those years of build up?” Ever been in that situation?

Well Pacific Rim is kinda like that. Obviously it appeals more to guys and we’ve known that girl for a while now, in this case Mecha, Manga, Godzilla, Gundam Anime for years and years and we’ve been wishing for one good translation of all of that on the big screen. Many have tried and failed and along comes director Guillermo del Toro to make all those dreams come true.

You’ve seen the trailers, the interviews and like everyone other guy, you’re all hyped up and looking forward to this. But then, as the release date draws closer, you start to think, “What if it’s another lame Transformers style movie or if the best parts are all in the trailer and it’s nothing but hot air?”…..over-thinking much…..yeah us guys do that too.

I’m telling you, just go catch this film with an open mind (that helps) and embrace the anxiety for finally seeing giant robots vs aliens come to life! Like the date with that girl from your past….it’s finally coming true!!!

Guillermo del Toro will not let you down on this one with his ability to pace things out very nicely, there is some character development but it’s action movie right? So it’s nothing too deep but yet just enough to have substance. I was particularly impressed with Rinko Kikuchi whom I initially thought would be the weak link in the film but as it would turn out, she’s probably got the most engaging character and while her role is that of supporting cast, her character is somewhat the “glue” of all the subplots.

For the record I didn’t cry on this one, as I slowly try to rebuild my street cred…haha but I was on the edge of my seat! It’s a little over 2 hours long which you barely feel and actor Ron Perlman comes in at the right time to give the audience something else to laugh about. He’s a great actor and I thought his inclusion gave the film that last bit of colour and flair it needed.

P.S. Do not leave the cinema when the end credits roll, there’s a little something mid way through the credits.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sleeper hit alert! I’ve heard so many people saying this film is going to be lame but it’s just the opposite! It’s entertaining!! And if you’re worried, then just leave your brains at the door, take a chance and go date that girl you’ve been wanting to ask out for so many years! Of course when I say that, I mean it as a metaphor for catching the movie…..don’t go and ask a girl to watch it ok. Bring a girl to a romantic film not this!

However if she happens to love this movie…..please propose to her or I will!

By Elliott Danker

Pacific Rim opens in cinemas 11 July 2013

Images courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures Singapore

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