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Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Diego Klattenhoff and Ron Perlman.
Basic movie facts: Guillermo del Toro came up with the story one day by walking on the beach and imagining a battle between a robot and a giant sea monster. Before it was officially named “Pacific Rim”, the movie was called Silent Seas and Still Seas. There was an “American Idol” type of contest for the 100+ monsters (Kaijus) designed for the movie. The filmmakers were the judges and they would pick the best monsters of that week and break it down to the final few that actually made it into the film. So, the monsters you see on screen are the “winners” of the weekly contest with all their beauty and talent. Gipsy Danger, the hero robot, was inspired to be shaped of the Chrystler and Empire State Building with the swag of John Wayne.
Pros: It was great to see Ron Perlman as “Hannibal” even though he was so over the top with his outfit and golden shoes. I thought he was a pimp at first, even the audience was laughing at his outfit. The little girl who played “Mato” as a child for the flashback scenes was amazing (Mana Ashida). Her scenes were incredibly touching and moving. I hardly knew many of the actors which was great because I could focus on the story and not the persona of the actors. Max, the dog, was pretty cool to see and gave the movie a light hearted feel to it. I was pleasantly surprised to see one of the sea monster sprout wings and take off into the air. The digital effects were fun and clear. I do have a question though. What was with all the zoom ins with tongues of the monsters? Tongues, tongues everywhere! Neon tongues, brown tongues; it was amusing, confusing and slightly disturbing to me. Oh, another pro was hearing the Australian accents. Made me melt. Just like we have “categories” for hurricanes, they had categories for the sea monsters.
Cons: This movie was very predictable and very stereotypical with the colors of the robots. With so many robots being destroyed, you would have thought they would have come up with a back up plan review of how to better improve the robots. Why was there just one nuclear robot and the rest weren’t? How come they didn’t make more weapons for the robots or have 10 more robots, after all, they were only fighting a few monsters. Then again, the movie would have ended in 10 minutes and this would have been the shortest movie review ever. I wished Dr. Newton Geiszler (the scientist who studied the Kaijus) would have toned down his voice and personality 10 levels. It was like he was on 50 cups of caffeine all the time. I’m not a scientist, but even I could tell the monsters were after him.
Cinematography: Director of Photography was Guillermo Navarro. Mr. Navarro has won an Academy award for Best Cinematography for the movie “Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)”. Some of his other movies he has filmed have included “Night in the Museum”, “HellBoy”, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2”, “The Resident” and “Spy Kids” to name a few out of 25 movies he has filmed. In this movie, Mr. Navarro filmed many of the scenes from a low angle which allowed the audience to feel the full effect of how tall and enormous the monsters and robots were. Mr. Navarro has been known to have a lot of yellows and blue hues in his movies, so this movie was no exception. There was plenty of neon blue hues within the world of the monsters. The mood of the movie was set by lots of concrete, greys, dark greys, rain, black and metal. This movie had an industrial feel to it, with a softening balance of close ups of some of the actors, dog, clothes and food to add texture to the movie. There was also some playful filming by Mr. Navarro through several scenes where during a big dramatic fight scene, the camera would come to a sudden halt to a tiny object such as the Newton Balls, which left the movie audience giggling.
Music score: Ramin Djawadi produced the score for the film. Ramin’s other works include scores for “Iron Man” and “Games of Thrones”.
Favorite quote: Stacker Pentecost: “One: Don’t you ever touch me again. Two: Don’t you ever touch me again.” I think he doesn’t like being touched.
Audience reaction: The movie theater was pretty packed. For the most part, the audience laughed at predictable and unpredictable parts of the movie. I heard one person clap when a monster was being beat up, but other than that, I had a feeling the audience liked it. I grew up watching “Spectreman” as a little girl and loved watching him beat up the godzillas and monsters on each episode. I also like Transformers, so the combination of robots and muscular sea monsters going at it with “Pacific Rim” was fascinating (but not original) to me. Besides, how could I resist not seeing this movie? Even Adventure Boy approved of this movie and was excited to see it!
Relatability: What I got from the story is that no matter what you go through in life, especially as a child or an adult, you must work together as a unit or as a team player with your significant other, friend or coworkers. Taking the time to really invest in your partner’s past will and can only help bond and bridge the connection between two people to become a better and stronger unit. It also helps if you trust that other person too with your life. This was a good movie. I enjoyed it and it’s not a movie that is deep in any level except the moral of the story. You should check it out when you can.