July 31, 2013 | Categories: Short Films, Trailers | Tags: Action, Aliens, Blockbuster, Charlie Hunnam, Comic Book Movies, Cult, Franchise, Giant Robots, Godzilla, Guillermo Del Toro, Icons, Japanese, Kaiju, Pacific Rim, Post Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Violence | Leave a comment
July 14, 2013 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Action, Aliens, Art, Blockbuster, Charlie Hunnam, Comic Book Movies, Cult, Franchise, Giant Robots, Guillermo Del Toro, Icons, Jaeger, Kaiju, Kikuchi Rinko, Legend, Movie Poster Art, Pacific Rim, Post Apocalyptic, Rinko Kikuchi, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Violence | Leave a comment
Pacific Rim begins with an incredibly entertaining backstory informing us that ‘we’ the human race had gotten it wrong, we were looking to the skies for clues to an alien invasion. A fissure between two tectonic plates in the Pacific opens up a portal that allows Kaiju, giant Godzilla inspired monsters access to cities bordering the Pacific Ocean… Massive destruction ensues.
The human race fights back by building Jaegers, giant robots manned by two pilots, linked by mind-meld technology called ‘The Drift’. Jumping forward a few years and Jaeger pilots are treated like rock stars. Our hero, Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and his brother Yancey, pilot their Jaeger against a Kaiju off Anchorage… things don’t go well and Yancey is killed. Another five years later and Raleigh is ‘off the grid’ working construction on a giant sea wall along the Pacific coastline. He’s called back into service by his ex-commander, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) to co-pilot his old robot out of Hong Kong with a new partner… More massive destruction ensues.
Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, Pacific Rim is visually spectacular. The Hong Kong city sets are reminiscent of Blade Runner, run down neon reflected in rain-swept streets. It’s here we feature a quirky side story with Ron Perlman as a dealer in Kaiju parts. The visual effects are as spectacular as you would expect, and work exceptionally well in the 3D format, although a few more wide shots would have allowed us to take in the scale more clearly.
The movie only falls flat in the non-effects driven sequences as the dialogue is fairly cheesy and delivered a little too straight most of the time and a little too comical from the ‘scientists’ who help Pentecost look for a way to bring the Kaiju down. Del Toro got the balance right with the Hellboy movies but it generally falls flat throughout most of Pacific Rim. A special mention must got to the two ‘Australian’ Jaeger pilots, as they deliver some of the worst accents I’ve ever heard.
But we go to see these movies for the spectacle, and Pacific Rim delivers more than its fair share in that department. The battles are huge and numerous, matching and exceeding the Transformers battles. This is blockbuster popcorn entertainment on a massive scale. Not Del Toro’s best work, but it’s great to have him back directing again after his numerous scripting and producing duties over the last few years. My 7 year old is jumping out of his skin to see this, he’ll see it on the weekend and his review will follow, but I can guarantee now it will be five stars from him.
July 12, 2013 | Categories: REVIEW: Pacific Rim | Tags: Action, Aliens, Art, Blockbuster, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, Comedy, Comic Book Movies, Cult, Franchise, Godzilla, Guillermo Del Toro, Hollywood, Icons, Idris Elba, Images, jaegers, Kaiju, Kikuchi Rinko, Post Apocalyptic, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
“We’re been talking about the idea for it and working on a pitch,” said Guillermo del Toro today about a Pacific Rim sequel. “And there will be a Mexican Jaeger,” he joked about the giant robots that fight the giant Kaiju monsters in the movie, out July 12. This isn’t the first time del Toro has floated a sequel to the upcoming monster adventure movie, but the director was more confident about where it would fit in the Legendary Pictures property’s trajectory. “Having had two to three years pass from the first Pacific Rim to the second movie, we can also prepare a good video game, continue the graphic novel and continue the mythology,” the director added. Del Toro wrote the script for the first Pacific Rim with Travis Beacham, who is writing the prequel graphic novel, images below…
June 19, 2013 | Categories: Articles, Promotional | Tags: Action, Aliens, Art, Blockbuster, Charlie Hunnam, Comic Book Movies, Cult, Evangelion, Franchise, Godzilla, Guillermo Del Toro, Hellboy, Icons, Idris Elba, jaegers, Pacific Rim, Post Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller, Video Clips, Violence | 1 Comment
This is the third, but probably not last time, I’ll post a Pacific Rim trailer… each one shows more mayhem.
May 17, 2013 | Categories: Trailers | Tags: Action, Aliens, Blockbuster, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, Comic Book Movies, Cult, Gore, Guillermo Del Toro, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Idris Elba, Images, Kaiju, Legend, Pacific Rim, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment