Thursday, August 15, 2013

MINI-REVIEW: Pacific Rim 3D

Pacific Rim

Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba


July 12, 2013

Guillermo Del Toro

Warner Bros. Pictures

2 hours 11 minutes



Nothing speaks to both nerds and testosterone fueled guys more than huge ass robots and alien monsters kicking the crap out of each other.  Why "Pacific Rim" tanked at the Box Office is a mystery to me, because it has all of the elements of a great summer popcorn flick: action, comedy, CGI, and 3D.  Adding Guillermo Del Toro, the director of the "Hellboy" movies and "Pans Labyrinth" to that equation just makes it a whole lot better.  And frankly, this is a lot better than many of the big budget movies that have come out recently, including "Oblivion" and "White House Down."  The main thing that makes this film superior to other big budget flicks is that it has a lot of originality in it.  The film's story is entirely original and from the minds of Del Toro and co-writer Travis Beacham.  Thanks to the originality of the film, as well as some of the best CGI/3D you'll see this year, "Pacific Rim" is a high-octaine blast from start to finish.

The one problem that I personally had with the film is that it's predictable and kind of formulaic.  Don't get me wrong, the story is still very original, but there are things that happen to the characters and in the plot itself that make it almost like a typical action film, which upset me.  That, however, was only a tiny part of this 131 minute movie.  The acting is fine, the action is awesome and badass, and even the comedy of the movie actually worked, specifically from Charlie Day's character in the film.  "Pacific Rim" might be predictable at times, but it is still a kick ass and fun summer movie overall.  If you want to see big robots fighting alien monsters in the dystopian future from the vision of the guy that did "Hellboy," then go see this movie before it's out of theaters.  Seriously, this is a movie that must be seen on the big screen in 3D.



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