What To Expect From Pacific Rim – Coming to Theaters July 12th
PACIFIC RIM in Theaters July 12th, 2013
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull, Callum Greene
Travis Beacham, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Neil Cross
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Diego Klattenhoff, Ron Perlman
This next week Pacific Rim comes to theaters. While I’m personally excited about it, many people have expressed concerns about a the movie being tacky or just too far fetched. So I thought I’d educate you a little about the movie. You know, so you can make a more informed decision.
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 for years on end. To combat the giant 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.
The monsters in this movie look freakish, and monumentally scary. They’re referred to as Kaiju. Kaiju is a Japanese word that literally translates to “strange beast.” However, the word Kaiju has been synonymous with giant monsters and usually refers to Japanese movies featuring monsters of immense size. The most famous Kaiju is Godzilla. Other notable Kaiju include; Gamera, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, Rodan, Daimajin, Gappa, King Kong and Guilala.
The Director and co-writer (I’m guessing he wrote mostly story and vague outline stuff) of this movie is the one and only, Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro has directed seven feature films prior to Pacific Rim, and to date hasn’t disappointed me once. While he has written and produced a few disappointments, the movies he’s actually taken time to direct have all been good. These movies are (in chronological order):
- The Devils Backbone
- Blade II
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army
While some were better than others, they were all solid movies and most have become classics. The common thread in all these films is absolutely amazing cinematography.
While I do have some concerns for this movie, I’m staying optimistic. The scenes from inside the robots that you can see from the trailer looks like two people playing Dance Dance Revolution. I’m also concerned by the heavy influence anime had on the movie. I may be the only writer here at Watch Play Read who can’t stand anime. I’m also a little troubled by some of the other writers of this movie, one of them being Travis Beacham, who’s only other notable effort was the remake of Clash of the Titans. While I understand there are many people out there who liked the remake of Clash of the Titans, I found it unentertaining and lacking a solid story line. Also in the writers line up is Neil Cross who wrote the del Toro produced Mama, which I found to be sub-par to say the least. The two writers I’m most excited to see on this list are Patrick Melton, and Marcus Dunstan. The two have worked together on quite a few horror movies including the Feast series, Saw 5 and 6, and my favorites, The Collector and The Collection. I think enlisting them to possibly bring a dark edge to this movie was a great call by del Toro, although they probably didn’t get as much say in the plot as they would have liked because movie wound up with a PG-13 rating. This rating is no doubt an attempt by the studios to make more money at the box office. When it comes down to it, this movie is going to be either an epic flop, or an epic success. I really don’t see an in-between. Go to our Facebook page here and chime in or poll whether you think Pacific Rim will be awesome or lame.