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Pacific Rim, a review

In the near future, giant monsters identified as "Kaiju" have risen from a portal in a crevasse beneath the Pacific Ocean, resulting in a war that takes millions of lives and quickly consumes humanity's resources. To combat the monsters, a special type of weapon is designed: massive robots, known as Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two or three pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge which prevents the mental strain which would overwhelm a single pilot.

As a longtime defender of Michael Bay's Transformers, allow me to say one thing: Eat your heart out, Mr. Bay. There is a new king!

The movie starts with Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) and his brother Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff) Beckett, being instructed to suit up to fight a kaiju, designated Category Four in danger and size. They wade out into the Pacific in their Jaeger, Gipsy Danger, with orders to kill the kaiju and save the city, but ignore the small fishing boat that is in the middle of the battle. Raleigh ignores the command, and attempts to save the ship. He and Yancy believe they are victorious, after shooting the kaiju with the plasma gun built into the right arm, and prepare to leave. The kaiju attacks as the Jaeger is turned, ripping off Gipsy Danger's left arm, and causing Raleigh permanent damage. The kaiju then attacks the head, ripping it open and killing Yancy. Raleigh pilots the Jaeger solo, killing the kaiju, but damaging Gipsy Danger in the process. He washes ashore on the Alaskan coast, much to the amazement of a father and son who witness it. Five years later, Major Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), who was in charge of the program, is informed by the UN that the Jaeger program is being decommissioned, and his crew, with all remaining Jaegers, will be shipped to Hong Kong with eight months of funding. In the meantime, they will concentrate efforts to the building of the Wall, a tall structure protecting the Pacific cities from the kaiju. Stacker plans to follow through with the initial Jaeger objective, regardless of the lack of funding. He flies to the Wall, where Raleigh has been working for the past five years.

Pacific Rim's world is simply amazing: Guillermo Del Toro manages to find time between the giant monster battles to create a world full of scientific possibilities, political alliances and Hong Kong black markets.

Oh, in case I forgot about the fights, don't worry. There are fights aplenty. Just because the large scale slows the fights down, doesn't mean it is no more ferocious, vicious and thrilling all the way through. It is an open love letter to the giant monster film. Seriously, if you are a fan of Gundam, Gurren Lagann, Voltron, Transformers or any other giant robot works (come to think of it, I think even Kannazuki no Miko fans will like this), you need to see this film. The monster designs alone put Roland Emmerich's Godzilla to shame.

Pacific Rim is the film to see this summer. Beautiful fight choreography, stunning visuals, a badass soundtrack from Ramin Djawadi, a creative and high thinking world, rich characters and less we forget, giant robots beating the everloving snot out of giant monsters.

Go see this film. It will do you a disservice to do otherwise.

Rating: Full Price!

Pacific Rim's greatest monster isn't any Kaiju; it's the Adam Sandler film that has better tracking than it.
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samcollends Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Gotta admit, the movie was more than a masterpiece. It's unexplainable until you watch it bro. I found the characters really interesting. Even though they're not established that well, and weak, you don't care! You just gotta love them. But of course, the fights between the Jaegars and the Kaiju is one level above that. Cinematography is totally flawless. Guillermo clearly said that he knew that every single one of us has an educated eye. So he worked day and night to cluster the cgi and everything extremely detailed. I'm one of the few people who loved both the characters and these giants. A sequel is coming out though. I guess that's where they'll start developing the characters. And make everybody care
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TheGMan123 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
F**K YOU GROWN UPS 2!!!! GO TO HELL YOU SH*T STAIN ON MOVIES!!!! LEAVE THE MOVIE INDUSTRY TO THE EXPERTS LIKE DEL TORO!!!!
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jack1603 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I would add one thing to your review: Del Toro is able to create a romantic relationship without an "I love you" or even a kiss, and in doing so he leaves this part to the imagination of the audience.


IMO, he puts everything that is needed in a movie like this and on the other hand leaves out what is not needed. (E.G. watching Transfomers-Movies always raises the question, if Bays films are about the soldiers or the robots). - Del Toro is able to tell a story and create a perfect otaku-movie, that makes an Evangelion Fan like me not angry, but happy, a movie that simply works wihtout any thoughts of "They could have done ... different.".
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Th3-M4ster Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
That's right! Not only did they not say "I love you" they didn't even kiss. For me it was as tough their relationship was too deep to be lustful, that it was so profound all they need is to look into each others eyes and feel complete.
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Hailtothechimp Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Writer
Hey Burnout, did you stick around for the mid credits scene?
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ArcticNightStables Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Loved that part! :lmao:
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Burnouts3s3 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
"WHERE IS MY GODDAMN SHOE?"
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Hailtothechimp Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Writer
And I thought that movie couldn't get any better!
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vatarianart Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just went to see it.... And I couldnt've said it better myself. This movie put the second and third Transformer movies to shame; it outdid them in both the visual AND storytelling medium. Maybe that'll wake up Michael's competitive side and get him to try for a better film this time around. Three cheers for Pacific Rim. And here's to hoping Transformers Four improves upon its predecessors.
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Burnouts3s3 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Unfortunately, it's the box office numbers that will make or break this film. If this doesn't beat Groan ups 2 in the weekend box office, some things may never change...
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