Sunday, November 10, 2013

Film Of The Week: PACIFIC RIM (2013)

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete specific weapon in a desperate work to save the world from the apocalypse.


I'm not confident if there is anything else I can add to what has already been said by critics in the previous handful of weeks concerning director/co-writer Guillermo Del Toro's latest film, Pacific Rim. I think I'll give it a shot though right here, and not only simply because of the rave critiques it is receiving as a summer season blockbuster, I also really like Del Toro's films.

Some critics have their opinions when comparing this most recent function to the preconceived genres off of which this film is primarily based, mostly Godzilla, Gamera and all things tokusatsu involving giant man-operated robots with high-tech weaponry. Personally, I had enjoyable watching this film, if not merely for the spectacular visuals and epic battles seen in the film, but how it all largely comes collectively via its story.

The film requires place in a time exactly where mankind has found itself on the brink of destruction with the arrival of the Kaiju, giant supernatural creatures from a deep sea portal at the pit of the Pacific Ocean, and in response to the calamity, the "Jaeger" plan is created. Actor Charlie Hunnam stars as a former Jaeger pilot nevertheless grieving from tragedy when he is pulled back into combat just as the Jaeger plan is faced with decommission right after the Kaiju advance their attack. His commanding officer, played by Idris Elba, reluctantly pairs him with a test pilot played by Rinko Kikuchi, whose character has her personal score to settle with the Kaiju.

Maybe the one theme the film tends to make you pay consideration to is the foundation of teamwork and comradery in the face of extinction, and the message isn't just thrown in your face from time to time and neglected later on in the film. That identical message remains constant all through the film, from the interpersonal relationships and bonds between some of the characters, which includes the comedy relief played by Charlie Day and Burn Gorman, and supporting actors Max Martini and Robert Kazinski, to the soldiers' use of the giant Jaegers during combat. It is all written extremely coherently in that regard, and more to the point, the chemistry between Hunnam and Kikuchi was truly healthily delivered in every scene. There was no campiness or awkward humor that produced the film uneccessarily silly and stupid. It was all really much organic and very charming. And I attribute this largely to Kikuchi's soulful overall performance, in addition to that of her considerably younger counterpart in a flashback sequences played by youngster actress Mana Ashida. Actor Ron Pearlman remains a pivotal fixture in the film as a Kaiju organ black marketeer who turns out to be useful to helping defeat the monsters in his personal exclusive way. And though it was a short-lived overall performance, I enjoy watching Pearlman operate with Del Toro on a film, which almost feels like a prerequisite to the resounding battlecry for a Hellboy three movie that should have happened by now. 

But, whatevs.

Of course, the real stars of the film are the beautiful visuals and animation highlighting the metal twisting, city destroying, blue blood-gushing, acid-chucking, elbow rocketing, nuclear bombing epic battles amongst the Jaegers and the Kaiju. It really is Del Toro's adore letter to Japan, assembled brilliantly for perfect popcorn exciting. Both youngsters and adults are meant to get pleasure from this movie, specifically in 3D or IMAX. I was left watching it in regular 2D when I saw it, but I nonetheless enjoyed it even though.

Del Toro knows how to take a good script and make it better, by transporting you to a globe exactly where almost everything comes to life. From the neon lights in bustling streets to unstable environments exactly where even creatures are offered a sense of character that keeps the spectacle going. Del Toro has a vision rooted in art and magic with every of his films, and it is what tends to make him a excellent director to continue to expecting excellent motion pictures from. And that involves Pacific Rim if you have not observed it however, which I extremely advisable.

PACIFIC RIM is now out in theaters. Check your neighborhood showtimes and listings.
Film Of The Week: PACIFIC RIM (2013)
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