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‘Pacific Rim’

Alien monsters vs. giant robots? Geek alert, people. “Pacific Rim” is so nerdy that it actually refers to its behemoths by the proper Japanese monster-movie genre name, kaiju.

The story involves an inter-dimensional breach under the Pacific from which giant alien beasts pop out and trample cities. Humankind has developed equally towering battle robots called Jaegers that are powered by human teams who have to mind-meld to control them. They’ve done a good job, but now the aliens are getting bigger and badder, the spineless U.N. has shut down the Jaeger program, and the last chance to avoid apocalypse is to drop a nuke into the portal.

Pacific Rim
Rating

Anyone who thought the old Toho Godzilla movies should have been done with a gazillion-dollar budget, here’s your film. Yet Guillermo del Toro, once hyped as a visionary director for such works as “Pan’s Labyrinth,” turns in a product identical to what Michael Bay would have done: famous landmarks getting destroyed, a rousing pre-battle speech by the commander, crippling “issues” that our hero has to overcome and the obligatory shot of mission control applauding and cheering after victory as a Pavlovian clue for the audience to do the same.

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  • kiszka6911

    Your review is typical and similar to your fellow critics in the states. This is not an art film, its a fun visually impressive thrill ride.

    • ribka

      Agreed.

    • Dan

      ^ Del Toro basically says this in the promotional videos for the film. He meant it to be a tribute to Kaiju and giant robo movies, and not to be a deep, thoughtful film. The aim was to make something purely fun and exciting.

  • kiszka6911

    Secondly, the transformers analogy is a poor one. Michael Bay wishes his transformers look as good as Del Toro’s Jaeger’s.

  • ribka

    Did you even see the movie? Because this review is terrible. You’ve completely missed all of the points that Del Toro was making in Pacific Rim. Obviously, this movie is not for you. And that’s okay – because it wasn’t made for people like you.

  • Daviot

    “famous landmarks getting destroyed” … hang on … what? … when? the only thing close to that is the Golden Gate Bridge but for the most part it happens off screen and in the prologue.

  • Noeboe

    Holy…. Have you seen the movie? Who gave you this job man? You sound like the old grumpy I’ll never become, fortunately lots of the real fans know how to cherish that little child within and love this movie for what it is. A visual treat with an outstanding cast…

  • John Michael Bell

    I want to pull my hair out when people compare this film to Michael Bay’s, just as I did when people said the same about the ending of “The Avengers”. If those films emulate Michael Bay, then you might as well call every single big-budget action film as “as Michael Bay would have done”.

    “Pacific Rim” is a gorgeously shot, cleanly edited film, with action that is beautifully choreographed and genuinely entertaining. Its story is simple, engaging, and moves quickly. Michael Bay’s films aren’t bad because they rely on action; they’re bad because the action is incomprehensible, and the films are overlong and loaded with pointless, unfunny, unentertaining filler.

    “Pacific Rim” is simple, rock-solid, pure entertainment. The line “turns in a product identical to what Michael Bay would have done” is not just wrong: it’s dishonest, and shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how Michael Bay’s films don’t work, and how action films done right DO work. If Michael Bay had made this film, its resemblance to Del Toro’s work would begin and end with “contains robots”.

    • skylights

      “Michael Bay’s films aren’t bad because they rely on action; they’re bad because the action is incomprehensible, and the films are overlong and loaded with pointless, unfunny, unentertaining filler.”
      YES. He can’t direct actors. His movies are full of terrible dialogue and insultingly stupid jokes. Del Toro’s movies aren’t.

  • http://twitter.com/flaysomewench Emma Donovan

    I’m sorry, why is the word issues in inverted commas? I think having your brother die in front of you while connected to your brain counts as more than ‘issues’.

  • ToughStuff2012

    Finally saw this film a couple of hours ago. Walked in with low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. This was a very fun film and I loved the detail of the scenery. A lot of effort and “love” went into this.