Pacific Rim (2013)


DIRECTED BY: Guillermo del Toro
STARRING: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman
OPINION STARS: 2 out of 5
THIS FILM IS: Blasé, Underwhelming, Slow
DESCRIPTION: When gargantuan alien creatures – known as Kaiju – rise from the seas to threaten life on Earth, mankind responds the Jaeger Program: massive robots controlled by two pilots whose minds are linked in a neural bridge.
NOTE: The eighth wonder of the world is that this film was directed by the same guy who made Pan’s Labyrinth. No joke. Pacific Rim has it all: a story so solid you can count its ribs; a script so smart your ears will shrivel up and fall off your head; a cast so skilled as to be outacted by CGI monsters and robo-boxing; heroes so fearsomely intelligent they forget their Jaeger has a freaking sword (until the last possible moment, of course). Henceforth, this colossal Kaiju turd shall be known as “The Movie That Set Out to Kick Some Butt and Kicked the Bucket Instead.”

“Haven’t you heard? It’s the end of the world. Where would you rather die? Here, or in a Jaeger?”


About In Pursuit of Copiousness

“Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?”
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4 Responses to Pacific Rim (2013)

  1. Didn’t you have any fun watching giant robots smash giant aliens? Not even a teeny tiny bit?

    • Oh, I certainly enjoyed parts of it – but those parts were few and far between, and they’re sandwiched between two gigantic pieces of lame. 😉

      • You’re no fun. I went in with very low expectations and just had fun. The action was too crazy not to enjoy. I think the story is thin–moreso, it’s not anything new–but it was enough to hold it together. Although one could say that the fact that I was in the middle of an exhausting 6-days-in-a-row workweek with hot weather and poor sleep made me more… shall we say… open-minded. 😉

      • LOL, true dat. 🙂 Let’s just say I went in expecting more from a genius like Del Toro. Not another Pan’s Labyrinth, mind you, but at least something with the narrative heartiness of Hellboy.

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