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Review: Pacific Rim

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Pacific Rim (2013)

PG-13 / 131 min

Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi

Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi

Director: Guillermo del Toro

In some alternate universe, I’d like to imagine that Godzilla and the Transformers exist together.  In that universe they are fighting each other in front of the backdrop of a towering city, leaving fiery destruction in their wake.  Monster versus technology in one epic battle for the ages.  Alright, this is a pipe dream of mine but Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s epic summer blockbuster, is the closest thing I have to my pipe dream.

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Everything about Pacific Rim defines it as a summer blockbuster.  The film has epic battle sequences with massive set pieces.  It’s colorful, explosive, and thrilling.  Massive sea creatures, known as the Kaiju, are threatening humankind.  They come from an alternate universe and their main mission is the destruction of mankind.  In an effort to put a stop to this threat, massive weaponized robots called Jaegers are developed as the prime offensive against the Kaiju.  These mechs, piloted by humans, are mankind’s last hope against the apocalypse at the hands of the Kaiju.

As the war rages on, two pilots are called to lead a mission that involves a big showdown between the Jaegers and the Kaiju.  Raleigh Becket, played by Charlie Hunnam, is a trained pilot who has experience in the cockpit of a Jaeger while Mako Mori, played by Rinko Kikuchi, is a trainee who has had some history with the Kaiju in a different way.  Unlike most big summer action movies, these characters are actually likable.  They’re not just meatheads piloting mechs, but instead they have some memorable moments that set them apart from most characters of their type.  Idris Elba however might have had the best performance as commander Stacker Pentecost.

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In terms of story, Guillermo del Toro takes a lot of creative liberties.  The science behind the movie’s events is a little silly and sometimes the logic wasn’t always there.  The nature of the movie’s events doesn’t warrant realism but they could have maybe tried a little harder to make it seem more believable.  It also doesn’t help that the two scientists, Dr. Newton Geiszler and Gottlieb, played by Charlie Day and Burn Gorman respectively, are silly and don’t really seem qualified for their jobs.  Despite the film’s questionable logic, the film still manages to stand it’s ground.  The science is goofy and laughable, but that didn’t detract from the overall experience.

What makes this movie a standout is the visual experience that it offers.  The CGI that the movie employs is fantastic.  It’s colorful, explosive, and just really well done.  The battles between mech and sea monster were epic in scope and feel.  Buildings crumble in their wake as the gargantuan giants swing punches and throw each other around.  It was delicious candy for the eyes.  As I was watching the movie I couldn’t help but think about the kind of work that went into bringing the movie to life through its CGI.  The visual effects department put in a lot of work into the movie and it really shows.  With a movie like this, I have to give a shout out to the visual effects crew behind the movie, because Pacific Rim wouldn’t be the movie it is without its special effects.

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Pacific Rim is a movie that deserves a lot more praise.  It was underrated when it was initially released during the summer of 2013, but it could be considered one of 2013’s biggest surprises.  Sometimes movies as big as this fall pretty hard under the weight of their own size but this film manages to stay on its feet.  It’s full of great characters and memorable action set pieces.  My younger self would have probably been obsessed with Pacific Rim and its undeniably monumental action, but it’s safe to say that even though I am older now, I still really like this movie.

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Some Movies to See this Summer

22 Jump Street (6-13-14)22 Jump Street Poster     

Your two favorite cops, Officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back at it once again, except this time they have graduated from working undercover at a high school.  This time, the two buddy cops will find themselves in a deep undercover mission at the community college.  However, their relationship runs into a bumpy road when Jenko gets involved with the football team and when Schmidt gets into the bohemian art major scene.  There will be crazy college antics and hilarious situations that face the two as they try to iron out their relationship and go from freshman to real men.  21 Jump Street was met with a great critical reception and it soon got a massive fan following.  Frat boys and comedy fans alike will definitely crowd the theater to see this flick.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (5-23-14) x-men dofp poster

The mutants are fighting for the survival of their species across two time periods in the newest X-Men movie.  The current cast of characters from the previous X-Men trilogy will fight alongside a new class of mutants.  The movie stars a huge cast including the likes of Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewert, and more.  The movie is massive in scale as it will span two time periods as the mutants go back and forth through time.  As of recent there have also been talks about making the sequel to this movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, so X-Men: Days of Future Past will not be a movie you will want to miss.  It will be one of the most exciting action movies this summer.

Million Dollar Arm (5-16-14)million dollar arm poster

Being a pitcher at the major league level is the farthest thing from being easy.  It takes a lot blood, sweat, tears, and raw dedication.  Disney’s newest feel-good drama, Million Dollar Arm, is a true story about sports agent J.B. Bernstein (played by Jon Hamm) and his trip to India to scout new pitchers.  It was a reality show called the Million Dollar Arm, looking for prospects that could pitch at the major league level.  The two pitchers who win the competition are Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, played by Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal respectively.  Then, from there it is all hard work as Bernstein tries to prepare the pitchers for their first major league game.

Godzilla (5-16-14)godzilla movie poster

Godzilla has probably come to be the most iconic monster in pop culture history.  The very sight of the creature can frighten most, which is what will make this movie a unique one when it comes out this summer.  There have been past movies about Godzilla, but none have seemed to capture the true sense of terror that this monster can inflict.  This has been due to the lack of technology.  That is why the reboot should be a thrilling movie to watch.  The Godzilla that they have created is bigger, badder, and more terrifying than ever before.  Godzilla will mark only the second time that a Godzilla movie has been fully filmed in America.

Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (8-22-14)sin city a dame to kill for poster

Later this summer, Frank Miller will be releasing his follow-up to Sin City which came out in 2004.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a crime-thriller set in a noir setting, will feature Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) who is summoned by a former lover by the name of Ava Lord (Eva Green).  She wants McCarthy’s help to escape her abusive husband, Damian Lord (Marton Csokas).  However, McCarthy soon finds out that Ava’s plans are a little different from what they first appeared.  The movie will also star some newcomers to the series as well as some returning favorites like Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lady Gaga, and more.  The movie will also feature some sub-plots based on some original stories by Frank Miller.

Godzilla Production Gets the Green Light

godzilla-2014-poster11According to the Hollywood Reporter, the production for the new 3D si-fi/thriller Godzilla is starting the production phase in Vancouver, Canada.  The movie, which is being produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, is going to be directed by Gareth Edwards, known for his work with Monsters.

Another notable news that broke today concerning Godzilla is that actor Ken Watanabe (Inception) has now joined the existing cast for the movie.  Other notable cast members include Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.  Even though story details are still mysterious and being held back, we can still expect that massive dinosaur creature to be terrorizing more cities.

That is pretty  much all there is for this movie so far, unfortunately.  But hey, there’s a new Godzilla movie coming out so that is pretty good news in my book!  The movie is set to come to theaters on May 16, 2014 but, those kinds of release dates are always tentative  depending on how production goes.