Pacific Rim: Movie Review

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Travis Beacham

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Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket
Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost
Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori
Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geiszler
Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
Max Martini as Herc Hansen
Robert Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen

This movie isn’t really just for anyone. It’s hard to say I like it. But I know for a fact I like and respect the originality.

This movie honestly reminded me of Escaflowne or even Gundam wing. The same premise of the two mentioned anime’s. Humans piloting giant mech suits to save the freedoms of earth or respective country. And it’s not any different here.

For a movie that looks like it belonged being an independent Asian movie that some North American film industry person came across and decided to release it in N.A., which I think I would have enjoyed more, its still rather impressive in terms of style and the theme of teamwork. The problem with this movie is that it is one of those movies that wanted to have a lot of back story so that you care. I personally didn’t nor really see anything that made me want to. The trailers showed me giant robots… Fighting giant, vicious monsters that reflected creatures here on earth. That’s probably the most stereotypical summer blockbuster movie plot one could ask for. But the writing was so obvious in its approach to the pay off during each individual scene it was just hard to appreciate what was happening. Much less what the writer and director had hoped to accomplish.

(Spoiler at the bottom)

The reason I feel this movie should have been an Asian movie, was because when you get into the Hong Kong dominated scenes I’m kind of just like where are all the Asians. That and the fact this is a movie very close to being a live action Gundum Wing movie. There’s only really one lead Asian in the movie that gets a terrible character to play. Basically… And I’m not making this about race; I just have a problem with making (white) “Americans” the saviours of everyone. Are we still so far removed that we believe unless it’s an Asian-culture-heavy movie (like Ip Man or some Jackie Chan movie) that we can’t have any lead Asian actors?

That being said, everyone but Idris Elba, gave a terrible performance as far as I’m concerned. It was all very stiff. Charlie Hunnam has a cool voice. I could easily see him doing some voice over work. The raspy nature of it just kind of helped to add to his character and acting ability. If ever this was an anime and it came over to North America, I could easily see the voice being similar.

The camera work was pretty decent, given the IMAX scope and 3D effect. I wished that this movie utilized both styles of 3D (depth and popping out). It may have come off poorly in terms of quality, but I’m 98% sure no one walked in expecting anything Oscar worthy. I feel this movie needed a Zack Snyder touch for capturing the action (he’s the single greatest action director out and popular right now… Period) and the talents of ILM (INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC) to really pull off the suits and monsters. Most of the fights happen at night and it just comes off poorly.

Bottom line, All in all it’s a decent film just not sure we got what we intended. For a movie that was giant monsters vs giant robots, we didn’t get that. One of those times where character development wasn’t essential. This movie is a love story that never fully gets there and a movie about trust. You just have to see past the monsters and the kind of poor script.

(SPOILER ALERT: USE YOUR MOUSE TO HIGHLIGHT RIGHT AFTER THIS END BRACKET) Ok.. So at the end it says to travel through the temporal link, you need to have one of the kaiju’s DNA to pass through. Well can someone please explain to me how not one, but two escape pod’s made it back to the surface of our world much less through the portal while a nuclear blast goes off WITH NO KNOWN Kaiju?

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 6.7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 2 out of 10,
  • Acting: 4.5 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? if you see it in Theaters, go on a cheap day. if you wanna buy it get it on blu ray but its probably better you rent this unless you’re a huge anime kind of fan. its great for the kids. Though I would caution real parental guidance.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

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Comic nerd. Movie lover Director Gaffer/Lighting Tech D.O.P. Photographer

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