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5 Reasons Why I Loved Pacific Rim
This weekend Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim—the story of kaiju's (Japanese for monsters) attacking the Earth thus creating a war that only Jaegers (German word for “hunter”), piloted by two compatible soldiers, can fight—hit theaters and I had been looking forward to seeing this film for quite awhile. Not only am I a fan of del Toro’s but the trailers for it looked quite excellent. The film might not exactly be Vertigo or Citizen Kane, but it definitely is a lot of fun and a hell of a lot smarter than other special effect heavy blockbusters like Transformers. Here’s why I really loved it.
1) Idris Elba. This man’s charisma could sell an igloo to an eskimo. His choices as an actor are always surprising and always powerful. Believability is key for me with actors, and Elba’s performances seem to generate so naturally. Plus, he’s got a great face and a voice that demands respect. He isn’t in nearly enough things.
2) Rest of the cast was pretty great too. It was nice to see Charlie Hunnam, who played the story’s protagonist Raleigh Beckett on the big screen again after seeing him on Sons of Anarchy for so long. He really has the charm and face for movies. Rinko Kikunchi as Mako Mori, his badass love interest, was also so lovely and completely understated in her performance. And while she wasn’t as brilliant as she was in 2006’s Babel, she was still very compelling and so was her younger counterpart played by Mana Ashida. Charlie Day provided impeccable comedic timing as an overzealous scientist; Ron Perlman and Burn Gorman played excellently off of him in almost every scene together.
3) All the fun of Godzilla. Who doesn’t love the action-packed fun of the original kaiju? Godzilla seems silly now but its original purpose served as a metaphor for nuclear destruction and the fear that the Japanese people faced after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Godzilla films provided a necessary catharsis and a way for those being attacked to rally together in defending their territory. A common enemy is a powerful way to start an alliance, and just like Godzilla the kaiju in this movie do just that. Plus, lots of HULK SMASHING can be fun.
4) Smart sci-fi script and fantastic special effects. Off-shooting from my third point, the script by del Toro and Travis Beacham is sci-fi goodness. It introduces interesting concepts like “drifting” via neural connections and machines named Jaegers that are so powerful they can defeat these kaiju. The characters seemed real, even if we didn’t get to explore too much, because we were able to see who they were via memory flashes during “drifting.” Also, the script was very nicely complimented by great special effects. Luckily, the story didn’t rely heavily on the effects, even though the fight scenes were glorious and entertaining, but it definitely proved to be enhanced by them rather than overwhelmed by excessiveness. It’s difficult to create kaijus of that scale and not have them look laughable. Pacific Rim achieved believability quite easily and made the images of the city and the destruction look quite real and almost beautiful.
5) Lots of heart, easy on the schmaltz. In the end, the film is a very human film. It’s about the human race banding together, forgetting past grievances and attempting to rally to defeat these kaiju. There wasn’t a conventional love story, which I thought was a great choice, but rather a shared connection with various characters, as is the nature of “drifting.”
Overall, I think it was one of my favorite blockbuster films of the summer. I definitely want to see it again. Maybe I might even try seeing it in 3D. Did you guys see it this weekend? What did you think?
New trailer for Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel (sort of), Prometheus starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Logan Marshall-Green. In theaters June 8th.
Whoa, guys. Rarely am I so impressed by a trailer. I absolutely love Alien (not so much its sequels), but I was a bit dubious about this (sort of) prequel. Gotta say though, if the film is half as suspenseful as this trailer then we are in for a sci-fi horror treat. With Scott once again at the helm of this franchise, a stellar ensemble cast and a script by LOST’s Damon Lindelof, I’m going to bet it’ll be pretty damn exciting. What do you all think?
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