Movie Preview: Pacific Rim

27 05 2013

Pacific Rim (Legendary Pictures - 2013)

It is now just a little more than a month until the Biggest Movie Release of the year. Forget Superman (no seriously, just forget about it), forget Star Trek (that too), forget Iron Man 3, and while there are several more films to be released this year, they don’t match in comparison to the years real big show. From Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II and Hellboy) in collaboration with Legendary Pictures; The Monster Movie returns with the release of Pacific Rim.


I first heard about this film when I was looking up the Actor Idris Elba wondering when Luther or Thor 2 was going to be released. Well after some further reading I heard about this film. I looked it up but could not find much. It was only just before The End Of The World, when my Mam showed me a trailer she had seen that I got hooked with the film. Further reading I did into my early knowledge of the film also told me that Guillermo del Toro was directing and the film would also be starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, “The first Japanese actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in 50 years” – Wikipedia). The film will also star Burn Gorman (Torchwood), Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Ellen McLain who will be providing the same voice as GLaDOS from the Video Game Portal.

The idea of the film is about Giant Robots known as Jaegers defending Humanity from Giant Monsters called Kaiju (a reference to Japanese Monster Movies). It has only been through the trailers for the film and some pictures found Online that I have been able to get an idea of what this film is going to be like. The more recent trailers show a really artistic approach to the film, while the previous trailers have also done this to some perspective, well it wouldn’t be a Guillermo del Toro film without some artistic look about it. The film’s effects look Fantastic, The Jaegers have a great sense of scale about them, the trailers show how big they are through a select group of scenes, like towards the end of the main trailer where one is dragging an oil tanker. The design for the Jaegers themselves differ from what country they belong too and it is nice to see the various designs for them. As for the Kaiju, they look absolutely superb, absolutely magnificent. Some of the best CGI Monsters produced to date (and I have yet to see the film).

Kaiju Carrier

The film’s ideas are another point of mention. The idea that the monsters came from the sea instead of from space as it usually is for most American Monster Movies. Also, giving the monsters a collective name gives the creatures personality (something learned from Japanese Monster Movies) which gives them a more interesting back story than constantly referring to them as an it or a the. Another idea is that ordinary weapons are useless which is one that is used in all Japanese Monster Movies and so a specific weapon is needed to combat the monsters. The control of the weapons is another interesting point as the robots are not remote-controlled like drones and are instead controlled from within and to do this as best as possible requires a huge amount of teamwork and so this brings in the idea that the film does not follow the life of one super hero type character and instead requires the majority over the few to save the day.

I absolutely love the idea of this film. I love Giant Monster Movies and the film arrives at an interesting point, as in that in Less than a year from this film’s release is the release of another Legendary Pictures Monster Movie – GODZILLA. It is now only over a month away until the wait is finally over, I am so excited.




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30 05 2013
Five Months Until Pacific Rim | Numb3r5s's Blog

[…] months off only a few details and visuals have been released and so in a way that allows me to do a proper preview in June much like I did for Prometheus. It is now only 5 months until Giant Robots and Giant […]

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