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385. Pacific Rim

Published December 30, 2013

Background info

Title: Pacific Rim Director: Guillermo del Toro Year: 2013 Run time: 2hrs 11m

“Acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro brings out the big guns in this sci-fi action epic about a ragtag band of humans that band together in the year 2025 to fight legions of monstrous creatures rising from the sea. Using massive piloted robots to combat the alien threat, earth’s survivors take the fight to the invading alien force lurking in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Nearly defenceless in the face of the relentless enemy, the forces of mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot and an untested trainee - who now stand as earth’s final hope against the mounting apocalypse.”

Live blog

2:00 - The whole San Francisco bridge gone. Woah! 5:36 - So far, this is mostly robotic eye-candy. 8:08 - Neural handshake makes it sound a lot nicer than it is. 9:56 - Why would you fish in the Pacific if you knew there was a breach to an alien world? 14:12 - That’s Rage with a capital R. 19:55 - Why aren’t the robots building the wall? 27:19 - It boggles my mind a bit that it’s Charlie Hunnam. From Queer as Folk! 30:33 - “Numbers are the closest we get to the handwriting of God.” 44:01 - Loving Charlie Day as a cross between Doc Brown and Rick Moranis. 48:35 - Is he called Newton because he’s a scientist, or did he become a scientist because he’s called Newton? 1:08:09 - The things being carried by helicopter are fun. Sure they’d cause a tidal wave being dropped though. 1:08:44 - Dinosaurs have two brains? 1:14:34 - Alien version of an EMP. 1:15:30 - Kaiju bunker. 1:19:51 - I’m impressed you can get things of that size running. 1:23:30 - One of the harshest sights in the world is a glasses wearer on the floor scrabbling for their eyewear. So unfair. 1:28:32 - Why didn’t they just epic sword the thing in the first place? 1:41:30 - “Today we are cancelling the apocalypse.” Otherwise known as “This is our Independence Day!” 1:55:20 - So many films being cribbed here. Armageddon and all sorts. 1:55:30 - Also just realised Hunnam has an excellent American accent. 2:01:31 - I just… there aren’t really words.

Conclusions

I was aware of this one through the entire process - trailers, cinema, and then the rental window - but I didn’t really think I wanted to watch it. All the elements should add up to my kind of film - Blockbuster, machinery, a terrifyingly awful future, etc, etc. I can’t explain why I didn’t want to see it, but I put it off and off until eventually I had to give in.

Mixed reviews for this, I think. If you go into it expecting a pretty mindless, join the dots, hand-holding Blockbuster, you’re in luck! I was disappointed that they appeared to shoe-horn in a bit of a relationship between the two when there was little to base it on. I also thought there were huge plot holes, and the rest was delivered in such a way as to guide you along the plot as though you weren’t too smart.

Having said that, it was still fun, it’s a unique idea, and the sheer size of the machinery was mind-boggling. Idris Elba was great, and once I could get past it being the little blond guy from Queer as Folk, I thought they were two pretty good leads. There weren’t many famous faces, only Charlie Day, and that other guy from Eastenders.

All round, quite odd, enjoyable but probably not in the way it was intended.

Rating: 4/5

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