Pacific Rim 3D

Pacific Rim 3D

(2013)

To fight monsters we created monsters.

Epic sci-fi actioner from Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) centering on a battle for Earth between massive monsters that arise from the Pacific Ocean and human-manned robots, created to defeat them. Stars Idris Elba and Charlie Day.... More

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rose from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: huge, manned robots, called Jaegers. On the verge of defeat, the forces protecting mankind turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. The pair are the world's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Del Toro promised at Comic-Con 2011 that the film will feature “the finest f**king monsters ever committed to screen.”Hide

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Justifiably proud of a ridiculously awesome premise, Pacific Rim lovingly embraces its blockbuster status, clichés and all - refreshingly without any post-modern nonsense, knowing winks at the audience or ounce of satire. The film does exactly what it says on its ludicrously oversized walking tin: giant robots looking cool while pummelling the crap out of massive monsters. Those expecting a cerebral dimension to Guillermo del Toro’s $200 million action epic may leave a little disappointed, but he revels in the sheer fun of Pacific Rim’s concept and scale in a way that’ll excite and engross those on board with the concept.... More

Sensory overload is the order of the day, Pacific Rim packing a punch with its bold and bright colour palette, sheer size and mega volume. Yet somehow, as ridiculous as it sounds, there’s an enjoyable subtlety and elegance to how deftly del Toro sets up his world and illustrates the scale of its gladiators inside the film’s opening few minutes.

The fight sequences do get a little same-y, largely set at night and in the ocean – though we glimpse some short sequences elsewhere. The film also arguably peaks pre-climax with the most brilliant neon bombardment of the senses since Enter the Void - two 50 metre combatants spectacularly duking it out in late night downtown Hong Kong.

But for that, it’s hard to believe Pacific Rim has a 131 minute running time, sustaining attention throughout and ripping along with little of the between-set-piece slump common to other blockbusters. And without a single line of dialogue from a villain, a tired retread of a reluctant hero’s journey or wasting any time trying to ground itself in a gritty reality. We all better hope this makes plenty of money, because del Toro just showed Hollywood how a blockbuster should be done.Hide


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A rollicking rollercoaster ride which totally rocks in 3D. If only the lead actor wasn't carved out of a piece of wood this would have been superb fun. Wooden lead aside, it's cracking Kaiju v. Jaegers fun that kicks the awful 'Transboredom' franchise in the lug-nuts. Release the 8 year old kid in you, sit back, munch popcorn and enjoy!


BY Jordan superstar

Guillermo Del Toro is a gear that places itself wherever it wants, in the cogs of the Hollywood system. With an eye that creates captivating and wondrous environments, along with beautiful action that floats between stories that are pleasing to be a part of, it's interesting to look back on what the director has done.

He goes from large successes in the market such as "Blade II", through to great tales overlooked by the audience (Hellboy/Hellboy II) and over to critical darlings such as... More "Pan's Labyrinth".

So after the debacle that was his departure from "The Hobbit", Del Toro returns to the Box Office with a monster flick that French kisses the films that were popular in the hey-day of "Godzilla" and friends.

"Pacific Rim" tells the story of an Earth being relentlessly attacked by Otherworldly beings that come from a rift in the Pacific Ocean. These beings dubbed the "Kaiju', push mankind to create their own weapon to combat them; the "Jaegers".
With an opening sequence that sets in motion the events that unfold for our protagonist, Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), it follows a formula to explain the why it is happening, the how we can stop it, the who will fight, all as it pours us glass after glass of amazing oversized action.

While weak in parts, it's beautiful world with a story that simply portrays the hopes of an Earth fighting for survival draws you in to a rollercoaster of fun that you don't want to get off of.
Hunnam is surrounded by great talent, with the likes of Idris Elba playing the stoic Stacker Pentecost, and Rinko Kikuchi almost stealing the show as the lovable and naive, Mako Mori.
But what really steals the show are the wonderful Kaiju and Jaegers that battle throughout the film. With overwhelming scale, and slow, lumbering movements to show the weight of such size, these beasts throw down so hard that it riles up those childhood memories of your toy robots destroying their foes in epic battles of old.

"Pacific Rim" is everything a popcorn movie should be; an easy story, with a feast for the eyes and action so plentiful, you'll be full on it for days.Hide


BY beans lister

Giant robots vs giant aliens! What more could you want?!
I've seen this twice and thought it was great both times. I thought it was fun to watch even with the cheesy lines :-)
I thought the 3D was good too (not Avatar 3D standard, but I felt it wasn't just added to make a few extra dollars).


If I were a 12 y/o boy this would have been *the* best movie I'd ever seen. Indeed, for my 12 y/o inner child - this was pretty sweet. Robots, aliens, slow motion fights AND easily understandable female/male relationships?

SOLD!

Basic storyline, complete lack of ambiguity, cheesy laughs and impressive visuals - definitely worth a watch.
But on DVD perhaps...


I thoroughly enjoyed this film, despite the eye-strain given to me by my off-center seat in IMAX.
It was never going to be Citizen Kane, but Del Toro did a fantastic job at keeping quite a simple concept into a compelling, driven, heart-racing film. (Or maybe it was just all those giant robot fighting games I played when I was 12 that nostalgia'd me all up in hurr).

I couldn't really see what was going on all the time (but that didn't matter, i knew a giant robot was fighting a Kaiju), it kind... More of had the Transformers effect, where everything just blurs into one CGI-shaped thing, made harder by the fact that most of the fights were out in a stormy sea, at night. But then again, maybe that was just my sub-par seating.
Now I know to book ahead for IMAX.

As I said, it was never going to be perfect, but God damn, is it fun!Hide


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The Press Reviews

71% of critics recommend.
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  • Del Toro is giving scope to a boyhood lust for mayhem, the multi-million-dollar equivalent of kicking over sandcastles and torturing insects. There is something infectiously juvenile in that. Full Review

  • Pacific Rim's wafer-thin psychodrama and plot-generator dialogue provides little for the human component to get their teeth into. Full Review

  • A better-and-smarter-than-average humans-vs.-monsters spectacular. Full Review

  • The warmth and idiosyncracy that characterises Del Toro’s finest work, from ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to ‘Hellboy 2’, is absent. Full Review

  • A huge, CGI-heavy popcorner that still feels personal. Come for the epic monster-on-mecha showdowns, stay for the likeable humans. Full Review

  • As a spectacle free from dogma or expectation, reveling in the simplicity of purpose and beauty of the execution, Pacific Rim is near perfect. Full Review

  • The squarest, clunkiest and certainly loudest movie of director Guillermo del Toro's career, a crushed-metal orgy that plays like an extended 3D episode of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" on very expensive acid. Full Review

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