Saturday, July 13, 2013

PACIFIC RIM - My Thoughts

From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro comes the sci-fi action adventure Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures

What's the Story?
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources fro years on end. To combat the kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. 

Oscar nominee Guillermo Del Toro directed the epic sci-fi action adventure from a script by Travis Beacham and Del Toro, story by Beacham. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Guillermo Del Toro and Mary Parent produced the film with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.

Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, as Raleigh Becket; Idris Elbaas Marshal Stacker Pentecost; Rinko Kikuchi,a s Mako Mori; Charlie Day, as Dr. Newton Geiszler; Rob Kazinsky, as Chuck Hansen; Max Martini, as Herc Hansen; Clifton Collins, Jr., as Tendo Choi; Burn Gorman, as Dr. Hermann Gottleib; Diego Klattenhoff, as Yancy Becket and Ron Perlman, as Hannibal Chau.
Yancy Becket and Raleigh Becket 
Mako Mori, Marshal Stacker Pentecost & Raleigh Becket 
Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori


My Thoughts
Pacific Rim was A-MA-ZING!!! It brought me back to my childhood when I used to watch those classic Godzilla movies and anime series Voltron, Voltes 5 and Robotech.  I know...I was such a nerd...and still am! Proud of it! 

Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) narrates as the film opens revealing how the fight for survival started. After the initial kaiju attack, millions of lives were lost. At this point, the world's leaders come together to create the "Jaeger" program, giant robots to fight the kaiju. Hence, we get into a "brief" history of the development of the ultimate weapon(s)...jaegers.
Check out the featurettes below that tells a bit about the concept of the kaiju and the jaeger.

The concept on how to pilot these jaegers was intriguing and curious. The idea that the two pilots connect to each other, not just on the mental level, also on the neural level as well, then connect to the jaeger was fascinating! Both pilots and jaeger move as one. It also is nerve-wracking...haha! To have both pilots linked so close down to the memories and feelings...imagine that, to know what each other is feeling and thinking! Whoa! Loved it! Just like the human brain having two hemispheres, the jaegers need two pilots to function. Introduce two pilots with troubling memories, and, yah, in comes the challenge our two heroes had to overcome to be able to control the jaeger they were to pilot. Check out the featurette below in which cast and crew discusses the concept of "Drift Space."

I don't know if I have the words to describe how intense and pulse-pounding the action scenes were...oh wait! I just described my reaction as I watched it in the theater...haha!! I was pretty much at the edge of my seat, gripping the arm rests and heart racing as I watched each jaeger being torn apart by the attacking kaijus. I loved how realistic the pilots' reactions were inside the jaegers while they were being tackled by the kaiju. 

However, the story, seemed familiar when Dr. Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Dr. Gottleib (Burn Gorman) figured out what were the purpose of the kaiju attacks...after they "drifted" with a kaiju brain...whoa! Well, that's all I'm going to say about that without so not to "spoil" it for others who haven't watched Pacific Rim yet. I still loved it! I am after all a sci-fi fan! 

With all the pulse-pounding action, there was still room for some comic relief...that's where Charlie Day, Burn Gorman and Ron Perlman came into play in the film. Loved it! The humorous banter between Charlie Day and Burn Gorman's characters was funny. And, gotta love Ron Perlman and his character! The chemistry among these incredible actors was amusing! Loved the last scene with Ron Perlman...too funny! Yes, I will tell you this...there is an after (initial) credits scene, so don't leave the theater quite yet.
Dr. Hermann Gottleib
Dr. Newton Geiszler
Hannibal Chau
I definitely wasn't disappointed with Pacific Rim, especially since I'm a big sci-fi fan, so sci-fi fans that are into those classic Japanese giant monster movies like Godzilla and Japanese anime like Voltron and Robotech, this is one epic film that shouldn't be missed. I totally enjoyed all of 132 minutes of it.

For the meantime, check out this "Now Playing" TV Spot of Pacific Rim

So, awesome nerds what say you? 

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