Written by / 7/16/2013 / 1 Comment / , ,

PACIFIC RIM

year: 2013 cast: Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Diego Klattenhoff, Ron Perlman rating: **
If you think this is gonna be just like TRANSFORMERS, since the giant robots resemble the popular shape-shifting toy turned Michael Bay franchise, think more along the lines of GODZILLA meets INDEPENDENCE DAY as giant alien sea creatures rise from the depths and, every couple months, give the earth’s population quite a beating. So mankind has created robotic monstrosities that, guided by two humans in a cockpit joined by mutual memory-sharing brainwaves, take on the aliens in massive apocalyptic smack downs.

This information is covered within the first ten minutes through a flowing expository narrative, and once the words PACIFIC RIM appears the real story begins when Raleigh Becket, a former war hero who lost his brother/partner in battle, is brought back to guide an important defensive robot. The sea creatures, bizarre hybrids of lizards, sharks and the RETURN OF THE JEDI Rancor monster, have upped a few notches and mankind has only days to exist.

Much of the film takes place in the underground compound where head honcho Stacker Pentecost, provided his own melodramatic score after saying something important, gives Raleigh several opportunities to redeem himself a worthy warrior again. The twist comes in the form of lovely Asian Mako Mori who, having survived a creature attack as a child, works behind the scenes until she's brought to the forefront as Raleigh's partner.

The two leads have decent chemistry – the lithe Asian beauty attracted to the reluctant American rogue. The training scenes leading up to Mako’s first fight are involving, bringing the quiet girl out of her shell and revealing a true Martial Artist. Meanwhile, outside the box, immense battles are filmed to be experienced: up close and jarringly personal. Thankfully director Guillermo del Toro doesn’t revel in shaky camera too much and the 3D is impressive. This is a spectacle made for a theater audience, that’s for certain... You’ll be knocked around with the massive contenders.

But after a couple would-be climaxes the movie goes on much too long. Each fist-pounding battle starts looking all too familiar, and when we’re not at war there’s an overabundance of scientific theories and tactical plans on how to take out the creatures for good. When we’re not underground discussing the action we’re experiencing it in droves.

What’s really needed is some kind of middle ground. Call it character-development… but the characters on board, played capably by B-list actors, have potential. They just aren’t given enough room to breath beyond all the (literally) Earth shattering noise.
Share This Post :
Tags : , ,

1 comment:

  1. I finally got around to watching this on Friday night. I went into it not expecting too much but I assumed that since it is Guillermo del Toro in the Director's Chair it wouldn't suck completely.

    By the end of the movie my eyes were burning and I felt like I had gotten pummeled by one of the monsters from the rift.

    On a positive note I got pretty much what I expected out of the movie. On the negative, I'm just getting too old for overly loud bombastic science fiction "event" films. By the way, is it just me, or is the volume in movie theaters just cranked up WAY TOO LOUD, especially on weekends. Half the time nowadays I walk out of the movie theater with my head ringing. Is everyone just plain deaf? Damn kids, get off my lawn!

    Great review sir.

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Featured Post

CHRISTOPHER LEE IN HAMMER FILMS 'THE TERROR OF THE TONGS'

Poster for Hammer's TERROR OF THE TONGS with Christopher Lee Year: 1961 Geoffrey Toone, as the hero in Hammer's THE TERROR OF THE TO...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Most Popular Last Year

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

MARCH MONTH OF HAMMER

MARCH MONTH OF HAMMER
Reviews covering a mausoleum of HAMMER FILMS from Thrillers to Noir to Horror

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "There can never be complete secrecy, unless perhaps for priests and murderers." Ronald Lewis, Hammer's Stop Me Before I Kill

LIKE OUR FACEBOOK FANPAGE

FILM NOIR/NEO NOIR/CRIME

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)THE CROWDED SKY 2)OTLEY 3)THE FEARMAKERS 4)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 5)JUNGLE STREET 6)VIOLENT SATURDAY 7)HOT CARS 8)CANYON PASSAGE 9)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 10)HARDCORE 11)CURSE OF THE DEMON 12)SHARKS' TREASURE 13)SWEENEY TWO 14)PULP 15)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 16)THE SYSTEM 17)ASH WEDNESDAY 18)THE SERGEANT 19)AL CAPONE 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)THE ROARING TWENTIES 22)THE DEFECTOR 23)NIGHT CREATURES 24)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 25)WAR OF THE WORLDS 26)AIR PATROL 27)WHITE HEAT 28)THE BREAK 29)EASY LIVING 30)ATLANTIC CITY 31)COMPULSION 32)THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN 33)THE NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY 34)MADISON AVENUE 35)THE SHARKFIGHTERS 36)DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS 37)MY BLOOD RUNS COLD 38)ROYAL FLASH 39)SWAMP WATER 40)THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND 41)BEAT GIRL 42)THE HIJACKERS 43)THE HEARSE 44)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 45)PLUNDER ROAD 46)KILLER FISH 47)FRENZY 48)LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN 49)THE KILLING 50)FORCE TEN FROM NARAVONE 51)BULLITT 52)WICHITA 53)QUANTRILL'S RAIDERS 54)KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE 55)LAURA 56)THE LINEUP 57)DEATH WISH 58)SORCERER 59)THE STONE KILLER 60)WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS

ACTORS 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)MARLON BRANDO 4)JACK NICHOLSON 5)ORSON WELLES 6)PETER O'TOOLE 7)TOM COURTENAY 8)CHARLES BRONSON 9)GENE HACKMAN 10)VICTOR MATURE ACTRESSES 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN CARPENTER 7)MAURY DEXTER 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)MICHAEL WINNER 10)SAM PECKINPAH

SIXTIES BRITISH NEW WAVE

RARITIES & EXPLOITATION

HAMMER HORROR & NOIR

Popular This Month

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

ALL KINDS OF HORROR

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

DANA ANDREWS FACEBOOK

STARING DOWN THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

REVVING THE SEVENTIES

All Time Popular

PUNCHING UP THE THIRTIES

PEELING OUT THE FORTIES

BACK TO THE FIFTIES

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE