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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim - no I have not started reviewing porno's, Pacific Rim is the title of the new blockbuster currently hitting cinemas. 

I didn't really have any expectations going into this film. The trailer looked pretty cool but the story of giant aliens vs giant robots was cause enough for caution. BUT it was frikken awesome! 

Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) and starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi. The world is faced with a new threat - the awesomely freakish Kaiju. Kaiju are giant monsters that erupt from within the earths core reeking havoc and destruction on the worlds surface. As Kaiju attacks become more frequent and more devastating, humans fight back with Jaegers (giant robots) manually manned from within by two pilots. Of course there's a bit of a storyline thrown in there but basically the formula goes like this... giant monsters + giant robots = some seriously sick shit. 

This movie is MASSIVE, from the very opening sequence the in your face action will have you mesmerised. The film looks and feels like a Japanese video game and no-one, and I mean NO-ONE, does monsters like Guillermo del Toro. The special effects team have done a stellar job of birthing these otherworldly creatures from Toro's twisted and brilliant imagination. The robots also look so damn cool so when these two gargantuan monsters meet it's a total explosion of 'EFF YEAH'.

Now blockbusters do come with their fair share of cheese and Pacific Rim does have a few extra helpings so expect a couple of cringe worthy jokes/lines/scenes/characters. The double dosing of the nutty professors is a bit over the top and they are clearly trying to outact/outfunny each other, but they do have a couple of scenes that will have you laughing. Aussies will be stoked to know there are a couple of 'Australian' characters in this film, unfortunately for us though the film cast an American and an Englishman to bring those characters to life and the terrible accents will have you cringing and laughing every time they speak. 

So Pacific Rim does have all your general tacky blockbuster guff but the monsters, action and climb to climax (once again - this is not a porno review) is all worth your bucks. It is without a doubt one of the most visually satisfying films I have seen - I am not joking when I say that my mouth was open for most of this film in awe of what I was witnessing on screen. So if you're a sci-fi action geek like me, get out of Mum's basement and go see Pacific Rim at the biggest, loudest cinema possible. 

4 outta 5 

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