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Pacific Rim

Year : 2013 Director : Guillermo Del Toro Running Time : 131 Genre : ,
Movie review score
4/5

What’s it about?
In the near future, humanity takes its last stand against the interdimensional Kaiju – immense, destructive beasts from beyond the deep – by building equally immense mechas (not robots, thank you) known as Jaegers, which they use to lay the smack down on our would-be conquerors. That is literally all you need to know going in to this film.

What did we think?
Mitch says: Michael Bay wishes he knew how to film giant creatures beating the crap out of each other as well as this. Visually spectacular and possessing a levity, grace and intelligence not commonly found in so many modern “event” movies, Pacific Rim – for all its cheesy dialogue and atrocious Australian accents – is the most fun I’ve had at a blockbuster in years.

Idris Elba and Ron Perlman are highlights on the human side of things, but the show is totally stolen by the gargantuan combatants, beautifully realised and animated as they are. Del Toro and screenwriter Travis Beacham don’t spoon-feed the audience either, nor do they draw things out, and the film is all the richer for it.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Dan Beeston says:

    The side of the box reads ‘Giant monster vs machine’ and the contents are the silver service version. B grade monster flicks have no right to be this good.

    Also 4/5

  2. Giant monsters battling giant mechs. It somehow turns out as awesome as it sounds. Actually it’s a bit better than the B Grade premise had a right to be. Lots of fun.

    Also 4/5.

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