Pacific Rim [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to 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. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
If the prospect of two-plus hours of 250-foot mechanical men pummeling enormous alien creatures from another dimension is just what you've been waiting for, oh, boy, does Guillermo del Toro have a treat for you. The celebrated director--one might even say visionary--has pulled off the most elaborate B-movie heist ever with this huge-budget special effects extravaganza that revels in catchphrase cliché dialogue, a howlingly obvious script, and the most breathtaking homage to Japanese monster and mecha cinema, manga, and comic tradition. It's all by design, of course, and is a stunning spectacle that also acts as antidote to the bloated, self-important superhero genre and typical bombastic Hollywood tent-pole fare. Pacific Rim has plenty of bloat and bombast, mind you. But it's in the service of a wondrously geeky story that throws all logic and seriousness to the wind, transporting the viewer to a realm of childlike popcorn escapism no matter their age. A dense and breathless prologue dumps us into the near-future global warfare of Kaiju vs. Jaeger. Kaiju are reptilian monstrosities that emerge from deep in the sea through a portal that leads to a world where Kaijus are systematically bred to destroy. They annihilate coastal cities and claim millions of lives before the world's citizens band together to fight back. The humans build fantastic robots called Jaegers (German for fighters) that are able to vanquish the early Kaiju enemies by employing "pilots" who drive the mechanized behemoths in pairs, joining minds in a process known as the Drift. But as the years go by, the war has taken a toll on the humans and the Jaegers, both of whom are nearly defeated. From beginning to end there's really no point in asking questions or trying to calculate details about the outrageous goings-on in the world of Pacific Rim. This is a pure thrill ride ruled by del Toro, the wild visual flair of his artistry and his sheer delight for wallowing in tropes and genre chestnuts leading at full volume. The cast is mainly window dressing for the astounding computer images. The pilots Charlie Hunnam, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, and Rinko Kikuchi are merely types. The same goes for Idris Elba, but his glowering presence as the unwavering commander is the best real-life thing about Pacific Rim. A pair of nerdy scientists (Charlie Day and Burn Gorman) add to the plot (simple as it is), though their primary purpose is wacky comic relief. Del Toro favorite and Hellboy himself, Ron Perelman steals his few short scenes as a bootlegger in Kaiju corpses. His character says a lot about the movie's self-effacing attitude. Pacific Rim is deeply in cahoots with itself over the ridiculousness of the story, but also delights in the awesomeness of its invention. The action is both coherent and mind-blowing, which is why most people will find it such a kick. Just like driving a Jaeger, throw your head into the battle and hang on. --Ted FrySee all Product Description
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The movie was incredible, I was absolutely taken by the colors, the cute Japanese girl, and the electrifying atmosphere it had to offer.
It was like racing for the first time.
I hope this paves the way for a sequel, and more Japanese inspired mecha films in the West, heck more Japanese culture. God knows we could use more of that here.
As for the movie itself, the robots fighting monsters were pretty cool; there are some REALLY neat action sequences. The storyline for this movie was pretty bad though and a lot of things didn't make sense (almost as if the script was written with little-to-no logic ). There's some pretty annoying characters in this as well. A lot of ideas and scenes in this movie were directly taken/lifted from Rolland Emmerich's Godzilla and (more noticeably) Independence Day; it's pretty obvious. However, if you like Transformers or are a big fan of these giant monster 'kaiju' movies, then you'll probably like this movie. Just don't go into it expecting a good, original storyline. Just leave your brain at the door and enjoy the action of robots fighting monsters!
That sentence tells you pretty much everything you need to know about "Pacific Rim," which is Guillermo del Toro's loving valentine to Japanese monster movies and mecha anime. It isn't a deep movie, but it doesn't pretend to be -- it just wants to entertain you with giant robots beating up grotesque sea monsters, and it succeeds at that.
When an interdimensional rift allows monstrous kaiju to attack Australia, the US, Japan, China and Russia (for some reason, no Mexico and/or Chile), those countries band together to create Jaegers -- giant mecha suits to destroy the kaiju, with mind-linked pilots inside. Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) was one of the pilots, until his brother was killed and the American Jaeger "Gipsy Danger" was wrecked by a new, stronger kind of kaiju.
When the governments stupidly abandon the program (they're building a WALL!), Commander Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) takes the program rogue -- refurbishing old Jaegers and recruiting old pilots. He convinces a reluctant Raleigh to co-pilot the newly-repaired Gipsy Danger, but both Raleigh and his Japanese copilot Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) struggle with their traumatic memories.
In the meantime, Pentecost is planning to somehow drop a nuke into the fissure and close it for good. As the dwindling Jaeger forces are battered by new and stronger kaiju, wacky scientist Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) discovers the horrifying truth behind the kaiju invasion -- and what will happen to the human race if they aren't stopped for good.Read more ›
no denying that. Pacific Rim embodies this notion. Pacific Rim is The
robot vs monster movie. That being said, everything else about it is
pretty damn terrible. The actors are all trying way too hard and it
seems that everyone involved was having a hard time taking the subject
matter seriously. Maybe because everything in this movie has been done
before. The whole plot is ripped from every aliens attack movie.
"Aliens attack and humans put aside their petty differences to work
together to destroy the attackers". Its so cliché its ridiculous. I was
constantly having flash backs to other movies. Most notably would be of
course Godzilla, Transformers and also Independence day. Even the
ending reeked of Indep Day. The black market for kaiju parts was
somewhat interesting but it was all way too Hollywood. The scientist's
were also vaguely interesting but watching them interact and grow as
characters made me want to puke. Jackson Teller just looks like he
hopped out of Sons of Anarchy and into a robot suit. Again, robots
fighting monsters will always be cool and the special effects are top
notch but everything else is unintentionally cheesy and cliché, its
very much similar to the Transformers series.
The Jaegesr are controlled by 2 people, dressed in "Star Wars" storm trooper gear, that are in a mind meld that would make Spock green with envy. They are called pilots because Jaeger masters might be a copyright infringement.
The film combines elements of "Independence Day," "Starship Troopes," "Transformers" and "Ironman" and sets them into a stolen Japanese plot. Of course the rule is if you steal a plot from Japan you have to hire someone from Japan to be in the film, hence we have Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori. She will eventually team up with John Rico, eh ah Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam because Casper Van Dien is too old) to fight against the monsters coming at an increasing rate. There is a subplot that includes Ron Perlman and Charlie Day.
There are two schools of thought. One is to use the Jaegers to kill the creatures, the other is to build a war to keep out the illegal aliens. When the wall fails to keep out the illegal aliens, the Jaegers can defend the world thanks to "stand your ground" principles. Pardon my attempt at political humor.
The supporting characters were better written than the main ones.
This is an over dramatic, action packed popcorn film. The language is designed to appeal to a teen/young adult audience. Looks good on the big screen.
Parental Guide: 1 F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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Just the film no extras, I have regret I should have ordered the special edition.Published 1 month ago by cecil j spracklin
Despite the scathing reviews online, I think its a pretty good movie.Published 1 month ago by David
I have to admit, quoting from another review. What more could you ask for - giant aliens getting butt kicked by giant robots controlled by humans. Loved it!Published 2 months ago by Terry Blundell
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